Iced matcha latte, matcha Frappuccino, matcha milkshakes, oh my! If you’re looking for matcha green tea drinks, you’ll find them all here!
What is Matcha?
- Matcha, that pretty green powder, is a tea that comes from Japan. A finely ground green tea, matcha is traditionally made into a drink by whisking it in hot water.
- Matcha usually costs more than other types of tea since there’s a lot more work involved to make it.
- Matcha is traditionally served with something sweet so adding a sweetener will enhance the flavor of your drink.
What to Look for When Buying Matcha
- Bright green color
The brighter the green, the better the quality of matcha. This also means that it’s more expensive.
- Made in Japan
Real matcha comes from Japan. The super cheap matcha (almost brown in color) are usually from outside Japan and are basically knock-offs.
- Ceremonial or Culinary Grade
Ceremonial and culinary grades are only given to matcha sold outside Japan and it’s purely done for marketing purposes in the US. Get the brightest green matcha within the $20-$30 range for lattes and recipes.
Matcha Drink Recipes
Tea Sommelier’s Tip: Iced matcha drinks are really easy to make since all you need to do is shake matcha with water in an airtight container or cocktail shaker.
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- Matcha Waffles
- Thick Matcha Affogato
- Matcha Chia Seed Pudding
- Matcha Sugar Toast
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17 Delicious Matcha Drink Recipes + Iced Matcha Latte
- Combine milk and honey in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds.Pour milk in first, then the honey. Shake vigorously.
- Pour sweetened milk into a cup then add ice.
- Rinse the cocktail shaker. Combine water and matcha in the cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds.Add water first, then matcha, otherwise the matcha can easily clump. Shake vigorously.
- Slowly pour matcha into the glass with milk and ice.Pour matcha on top of the ice, not directly into the milk to get a cleaner layered look. Stir before drinking.
- The color of the matcha indicates quality. If you pay around $15, the matcha will be a dull, brownish green color. If you spend $50, the matcha will be a bright, vibrant green but you don’t need to spend $50 for this recipe. Something in the $20 – $30 range will work.
- The secret to making this drink layered is the sugar content and ice. Because of the honey in the milk, the matcha (without any sugar) won’t immediately sink to the bottom and mix with the milk. Ice also helps to keep the layers separated. If you want to have the matcha at the bottom and the milk on top, add the honey or matcha to the matcha instead of the milk.
- Make sure the matcha you’re using isn’t pre-sweetened since it won’t layer on top of the milk.
- Any wide-mouth container will work, including a jar with a tight lid if you don’t have a cocktail shaker.
- It’s easier to shake matcha and water together than whisking cold water into matcha. No need to sift the matcha if you shake vigorously.
- Make this recipe vegan by using oat milk and replacing the honey with maple syrup.