Iced Matcha Latte is a summer must-have! When it is hot out and you don’t feel like drinking your normal, hot matcha latte – this recipe is your new best friend!
Homemade Iced Matcha Latte 101
Making an iced matcha latte is pretty darn easy and we are here to make it even easier for you! We are breaking down all of your questions and walking you through the process with step-by-step photos. You are going to love this hot-weather recipe!
What You Will Need
- water: we will warm this up just enough for the matcha powder to dissolve.
- latte grade organic Matcha: we don’t need a ton, just about a teaspoon or so.
- honey: you can use other sweeteners too and feel free to adjust the amount depending upon how sweet you like it.
- vanilla extract: this is optional, but it adds another little bit of sweetness.
- unsweetened almond milk: you can use other dairy-free alternatives or you can even make cold foam!
- handful of ice cubes: use as much as you would like.
What is Matcha
Matcha is the fine powder that is the result of ground up green tea leaves, but it is different from regular old green tea because:
- You actually consume all of the nutrients from the leaf.
- Matcha contains more theanine than regular green tea (because it is shade-grown for the last 3 weeks). When theanine is consumed with caffeine, it results in a calm but alert feeling.
- Matcha is much softer than regular green tea because the stems are removed and only the fine leaf is ground up.
Matcha Powder 101
Grades of matcha: there are generally a couple different types or varieties of matcha. I almost always use the Latte Grade.
- Ceremonial: premium, first-harvest leaves and best for when you are just mixing matcha powder and hot water.
- Latte: also first-harvest leaves, but generally just a tad more bitter than ceremonial. Perfect for a matcha latte.
- Culinary: second-harvest leaves and tastes a little more grassy and bitter than the other two grades. Perfect for cooking!
To learn more about grades of matcha I would check out this resource.
There definitely is a difference in brands of matcha – here are my favorite ones that I have tried:
Iced Matcha Latte Tips
- Not too hot: when combing that water and matcha powder you want the water just warm enough that the powder will dissolve into the water. Too hot and when you pour it over your ice it will melt immediately.
- Chunks of matcha: it is hard to avoid some chunks of matcha that will sink to the bottom, but to help alleviate that you can 1) use a little tea strainer to break up the powder and 2) use a matcha whisk to help break any chunks down.
- Matcha ice cubes: don’t want your matcha to get watered down? Make some matcha ice cubes the night before and use them instead of regular ice cubes. Simple mix about a cup of water and a teaspoon or so of matcha powder in a small saucepan. Let it get warm enough so you can whisk the matcha powder into the water and it dissolves. Then let cool and pour into some silicone ice cube trays. Let freeze overnight.
- Cold Foam: feel free to take your iced latte to the next level with some cold foam! Learn how here!
How to Make an Iced Matcha Latte
Step One: gather your ingredients.
Step Two: Make your matcha mixture in a small saucepan – whisk really well to combine.
Step Three: Pour over ice.
Step Four: pour your milk of choice on top.
If you want to make cold foam instead of just plain almond milk then head over to this post to get the full directions (and learn 3 different ways to make it at home).
Cold foam is just frothed milk without heat and is really is to make on your own! It kind of brings your iced latte to the next level!
Easy to take on-the-go!
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Iced Matcha Latte – a delicious, at-home recipe for an Iced Matcha Latte that does not disappoint!
- Add water to a small saucepan and bring temp to medium heat.
- As the water gets warm (not hot) add in the matcha powder, any sweetener you are using and the vanilla extract. Whisk together until fully combined.
- Remove from heat and let cool for a bit.
- Add ice to a glass and pour match on top.
- Pour almond milk on top of that and stir to combine (you can also make cold foam – learn how here).
- Cold Foam Option: instead of just using plain almond milk you can get a little fancy and make some cold foam instead!
- Almond Milk Alternatives: feel free to use any dairy-free alternative in this recipe.
- Honey Alternatives: date syrup, simple syrup or maple syrup also work here.
- Matcha Ice Cubes: don’t want your matcha to get watered down? Make some matcha ice cubes the night before and use them instead of regular ice cubes. Simple mix about a cup of water and a teaspoon or so of matcha powder in a small saucepan. Let it get warm enough so you can whisk the matcha powder into the water and it dissolves. Then let cool and pour into some silicone ice cube trays. Let freeze overnight.
- Collagen: you can mix collagen into the water along with your matcha powder. I love this collagen.
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