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Iced Matcha Tea Latte Recipe

Hand using pitcher to pour matcha tea over ice cube in glass tea cup

When it comes to surviving Oregon’s notoriously dark and damp winters, mornings definitely find me protectively clinging to a steaming mug of full-bodied, locally-roasted coffee. But when warm weather rolls around, my solar-powered self craves something cooler (and less high-octane) to provide a light boost to my day. I’ve found a number of traditional and herbal iced tea recipes that often fit the bill, but when I really want to treat myself, I take the time to whip up a special treat: a chilled organic matcha tea latte.

Matcha strikes an ideal balance between the energizing properties of your java fix and the bright, springy freshness of a green or herbal tea. Its lush and enlivening scent accents its bright, grassy flavor: a balance of umami, bittersweet, and smooth creaminess, especially when combined with dairy (or an alternative milk for a vegan matcha tea latte). A cup of matcha may contain roughly the same caffeine content per serving as coffee, but I personally have experienced its energizing effects to be less intense and jolting than those of my winter cups of joe.

I love the organic matcha tea powder offered here at Mountain Rose Herbs because it’s cultivated and prepared using the same practices as the powder used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies; it’s shade-grown in Kyoto prefecture, harvested while the Camellia sinensis leaves are young and tender, and then dried and slowly ground into fine powder through a special technique that helps it retain its nutrients, chlorophyll, and STUNNING green color. The result? A gorgeous, complex, power-packed beverage that makes my whole body smile—I hope it does the same for you. :)

Matcha whisk facing upward towards ceiling near matcha powder and honey

Iced Matcha Latte Recipe (Traditional Preparation)

Makes 1 serving.

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp. organic matcha powder
  • ½ tsp. organic lemongrass powder (optional)
  • 5 fl. oz. hot (not boiling) water
  • 2 tsp. organic local honey or agave (or to taste)
  • ½ cup milk of your choice, room temperature (staff favorites include full-fat cow’s milk, coconut milk, and soy milk)
  • Ice

Directions

  • Sift organic matcha powder and organic lemongrass powder into a small, heat-safe tea mixing bowl (a traditional bamboo matcha spoon and mesh tea strainer work well for this; see our matcha making video tutorial for pro tips!).
  • Gradually add water, and whisk to combine with powder in bowl (any whisk will do, but a traditional matcha whisk is specially shaped for this purpose).
  • Once powder is completely incorporated (about 45 seconds), add honey (or alternative sweetener) to the warm liquid and whisk until dissolved.
  • Gradually whisk in milk until texture is smooth and frothy.
  • Pour over ice, let chill for a minute, and enjoy!

We LOVE the traditional preparation for optimal smoothness, but if you need a quick and easy matcha latte recipe to take on-the-go, there’s a simplified version as well!

Hands using matcha whisk mixing matcha powder with liquid in a blue ceramic bowl

Iced Matcha Latte Recipe (Easy Mason Jar Preparation)

Makes 1 serving.

Prepare in a half-pint jar with lid.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Scoop organic matcha powder into jar, then add a few drops of water.
  2. Stir to form a paste, adding more water as needed (this prevents powder clumps).
  3. Add milk, honey or agave, and a couple ice cubes.
  4. Screw lid securely onto jar, then shake to mix.
  5. Grab, go, and enjoy!

 

Wondering how to use matcha in Hot Tea?

Watch Our Matcha Tea How-To Video!

 

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Iced Matcha Tea latte Recipe From Mountain Rose Herbs

This blog post was originally published in 2014 as a part of our weekly series: The Sunday Steep. 

Topics: Recipes, Tea & Herbal Drinks

Jana

Written by Jana on July 18, 2018

Marketing Coordinator Jana DiSanti manages social media and content for Mountain Rose Herbs. She's spent her career promoting businesses that strive to better the world, and she loves how passionately her Pacific Northwest community supports that mission! Off-work hours will find her either hiking, camping, and mushroom-hunting in Oregon's wild areas, or cooking, gardening, and coralling chickens at home.