In the afternoon, around 3pm, I get SUPER sleepy. I need a pick me up. And that pick me up during summer months is this: Matcha Iced Latte.
Sometimes when I use matcha….actually, make that ALL the time, I ask myself: “Am I being basic?” The answer might be yes. I’m not completely sure. But still, my insecure self returns to it time and time again because it’s DELICIOUS!
And in the afternoon when I need a bit of a pick-me-up and know I can’t handle coffee or an espresso beverage (I’ll be up all night), a matcha latte is the perfect go-to.
And it’s so pretty. It tastes great. So I guess the answer is that I might be basic. And matcha might be overplayed. But who cares. Trendy things are only lame if they only sorta taste good. (Also: to a lot of people, matcha is not trendy—it’s been around for centuries. And to them, the rest of the world is just late.)
There is a new matcha bar that moved into my neighborhood and it’s so good but most days I don’t feel like driving down the road so instead I like to make a my own version at home.
It’s also SO much cheaper. Instead of spending $4 on one, I like to just make them at home. They’re even better because I can control every aspect of them. The perks of homemade!
This Matcha Iced Latte couldn’t be simpler.
Here’s how it goes:
STEP 1: You put a few teaspoons of matcha powder in a measuring cup and add a few tablespoons of hot water.
STEP 2: Whisk it until the matcha has dissolved and then you pour in the remaining water and whisk some more. I transfer it to the fridge or freezer to chill for about 15 minutes.
I know the cooling part is a drag but it helps a whole lot in the end result.
STEP 4: After the matcha is cooled, I add a ridiculous amount of ice to a glass, pour the almond milk into the glass, a splash of simple syrup and then pour in the matcha.
I mean…this isn’t really a recipe but more of an idea of inspiration? (I hope…?)
I like to drink this as an afternoon pick me up. I’m too addicted to coffee to replace my morning coffee with it. But man, is this delicious. If you try it, let me know!
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1 cup warm water
- Milk of choice, I used almond milk
- In a measuring cup or bowl, add the matcha powder. Pour in the 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot water and whisk until the matcha has fully incorporated into the water. This should create almost a bit of a paste.
- Pour in the remaining 1 cup of water and mix. Transfer to the fridge or freezer to chill for about 15 minutes.
- Fill two glasses full of ice and add your milk of choice so the glass is about 3/4 of the way full. If you like, this is a great time to add any simple syrup. Lastly, pour in the chilled matcha and stir.
And here’s a link for How to Make a Matcha Latte! (But a warm one.)