Matcha is the Japanese ceremonial tea. It’s shade-grown green tea. The leaf is deveined and then stone ground into a fine powder. The bright green powder is whipped into water that is heated to just before boiling. The result: a smooth, vegetal sweetness with no astringency.
Matcha is the type of green tea used to make the popular green tea latte. You can purchase it at most tea shops and tea departments of fine food stores, or online.
You can enjoy your matcha latte hot or iced. Given the weather, let’s start with the iced. Thanks to The Republic of Tea for this recipe. You’ll find a link to a hot green tea latte recipe at the end of this post.
If you hold the whipped cream, you’ve got a healthy drink: antioxidants from the tea, protein and calcium from the milk and sweetness from agave nectar, a low-glycemic yet delicious sweetener (our favorite).
Ingredients For One Drink
Hold the whipped cream and you’ve got a
healthful drink. Photo courtesy The Republic Of Tea.
1. In a bowl, whisk matcha powder with warm water. Stir until completely dissolved.
2. Stir in the agave nectar.
3. Add milk and stir.
4. Pour into blender. Add ice cubes and blend until smooth.
5. Pour into a tall glass, a martini glass or other interesting glass shape. Serve.
Here’s the recipe for a hot matcha latte (green tea latte).
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