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by Kayla Bell

As the summer sun beats down, there’s nothing quite like a cool and invigorating drink to quench your thirst and satisfy your taste buds. Enter the iced matcha latte, a vibrant green beverage that’s not only delicious but also boasts a range of health benefits. Made with matcha, a finely ground green tea powder, this latte offers a unique combination of creamy sweetness and a subtle earthy flavor.

Matcha is a type of green tea originating from Japan. Unlike regular green tea where the leaves are steeped and discarded, matcha involves grinding the entire tea leaf into a fine powder. This results in a more concentrated source of antioxidants and nutrients compared to traditional green tea. Matcha boasts a vibrant green color due to its high chlorophyll content and is known for its calming yet energizing properties.

Iced Matcha Latte: Ingredients (Single Serving)

1 teaspoon of high-quality matcha powder (culinary grade)
½ cup milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy)
¼ cup cold water
1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional, to taste)
Ice cubes

Optional Add-Ins:

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
A pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg
Whipped cream for a decadent touch


  1. Sift the matcha powder to help to break up any clumps and ensure a smooth latte. Use a fine-mesh sieve and gently tap the side to release the powder onto a small bowl or mug.
  2. Add a splash of cold water (about 1 tablespoon) to the sifted matcha powder. Using a bamboo whisk (or a milk frother if you don’t have one), briskly whisk the matcha and water together until a smooth, frothy mixture forms. There should be no lumps.
  3. If desired, add honey or maple syrup to the whisked matcha and stir to dissolve.
  4. In a separate container, fill a glass or pitcher with ice cubes. Pour in your chosen milk and, if using, add any additional flavorings like vanilla extract or spices.
  5. Slowly pour the whisked matcha mixture over the milk and ice cubes. Gently stir to combine. Take a sip and adjust the sweetness or milk-to-match ratio to your preference.

To elevate your iced matcha latte experience, prioritize high-quality ingredients. Seek out matcha powder with a vibrant green hue and a fresh, slightly grassy aroma. When whisking, remember that cold water is your friend – hot water leads to bitterness. Proper whisking is essential for a smooth and frothy latte; a bamboo whisk is ideal, but a milk frother can work in a pinch. Feel free to experiment with different milk options! Dairy milk provides a creamy texture, while plant-based kinds of milk like almond, oat, or soy offer delicious alternatives. Choose unsweetened varieties and adjust the sweetness to your liking. Don’t be afraid to get creative – this recipe is a foundation for flavor exploration. Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warming spice note; or try a splash of flavored extracts like vanilla or mint to personalize your perfect iced matcha latte.

For a more decadent iced matcha latte experience, try blending your matcha with ice and milk for a thicker, frappuccino-like consistency. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup for a truly indulgent treat.

The iced matcha latte is a versatile and refreshing drink that’s perfect for a hot summer day. With its unique flavor profile and potential health benefits, it’s no wonder this latte has become a popular choice for coffee and tea enthusiasts alike. So, grab your whisk, experiment with different flavors, and enjoy the invigorating taste of matcha in every sip!

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