Recipe: how to easily make iced matcha at home?

Our iced matcha tea recipe: latte or not | Kusmi Tea

If we love drinking it hot and frothy, but also sprinkle it on our favourite pastries (cake, financier, macaroon...), matcha tea can also be enjoyed iced with ice cubes. Follow our practical guide to prepare your own recipe at home and choose the iced version or not. A gourmet drink guaranteed!

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Why make iced matcha?

Are you also a matcha tea fan, won over by its unique taste, its bright colour, and its beneficial effects (thanks to the boost of antioxidants!)? But when the weather is nice and warm, the idea of drinking a hot beverage is a little less appealing? We've found the solution: drink it iced with ice cubes, to combine its usual benefits with a refreshing, thirst-quenching side. After iced coffee, iced teas, iced infusions and even iced mate, there's no reason why matcha tea powder shouldn't have its own summer preparation!

What is the difference between iced matcha and iced matcha latte?

There are two possible variations: making a cold matcha, without adding milk. It will only be made with water and matcha green tea powder. In order for it to infuse and froth, it must be prepared like a classic hot matcha using a whisk. With a little water heated to a maximum of 75°C, to which you then add ice cubes to cool the matcha tea and drink it chilled. The iced matcha latte is made with the addition of (cow's) milk, which adds roundness and sweetness to the recipe. If you are lactose intolerant or have adopted a vegan diet, alternatives based on vegetable milk (soya milk, oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.) are possible.

What does an iced matcha latte taste like?

Matcha tea offers a unique vegetal taste in the mouth, with a bitterness in the aftertaste, which should remain light. When the balance between vegetality and bitterness is achieved, we speak of an "umami" taste, the Japanese term for a long-lasting, sweet aftertaste. The addition of milk makes it even creamier, while the sugar will compensate for the bitterness, for an even more gourmet taste.

How to make an iced matcha latte easily?

For one person, heat half a glass of milk (cow's milk or plant milk) in a saucepan or in the microwave. Then add the matcha tea powder to infuse and whisk well to froth up as much as possible. If you wish, add a little sugar and honey. Then fill another glass with ice cubes and pour in the equivalent of half a glass of extra milk. Then add the first mixture, which will have warmed up, and mix it all together. Finally, you can sprinkle a pinch of matcha powder on top for decoration. All that's left to do is enjoy.

For the non-glazed version, you can replace the water with milk. However, be careful not to heat it too much, as too high a temperature could damage the powder. 80°C is generally the maximum recommended water temperature.

Another gourmet idea: matcha ice cream

If making an iced matcha latte makes you want to try a new, perhaps even more gourmet recipe, we can only recommend you try matcha tea ice cream. This recipe will replace ice cubes to refresh you! For those who are intolerant, there are also recipes for lactose-free matcha ice cream made with vegetable milk.

Another tasty idea: matcha dalgona

Originally from South Korea, dalgona is a very popular whipped coffee made by mixing coffee powder, water and sugar, all drizzled with milk. Easy to make, delicious and very Instagrammable, dalgona is becoming more and more trendy. Here is a matcha tea version.

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Recipe for cold matcha tea

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