Looking for a refreshing and revitalizing summer drink? Give this Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte a chance! Even if you’re not a fan of matcha tea, the strawberries and milk create a delicious and fun drink, that tastes like something in between a fruity milkshake and matcha. In this post, we’ll show you how to make this drink and also provide tips for choosing a good quality matcha powder. You’ll love this beautiful and easy-to-make drink!
- Matcha Powder provides a unique flavor to the drink, as well as a beautiful vibrant color. Check out the tips on how to choose the best matcha below.
- Hot Water. Use hot water to dissolve the matcha powder and create a smooth paste before adding the remaining water. It is important to use hot, but not boiling water.
- Warm Water. After the matcha powder is dissolved in hot water, add warm water to create the matcha tea base for the latte. It helps to bring out the full flavor and aroma of the matcha powder.
- Milk of Choice. Use any type of milk, including oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or regular whole milk (if you don’t want a vegan option). Milk adds creaminess to the latte and balances out the strong flavor of the matcha powder.
- Strawberries provide a burst of fresh, summery flavor to the recipe and also complement the taste of matcha very well, making it the perfect drink to enjoy on a warm day.
- Agave Syrup to sweeten the drink. Any other sweeteners will work for the recipe.
- Ice to chill the latte and create a refreshing summer drink.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Perfect for summer. This refreshing drink is perfect for hot summer days. The combination of strawberry and matcha flavors creates a unique and delicious taste that’s perfect for the season.
- Easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients, this recipe is easy and quick to make. You don’t need any special skills to create a delicious strawberry matcha latte.
- Healthy. Matcha has many health benefits, including high levels of antioxidants and chlorophyll. It’s believed that matcha could help enhance brain function. Who doesn’t need this? It’s well known for its ability to enhance weight loss. I think I made my point here :) Adding fresh strawberries to the mix also provides additional vitamins and nutrients.
- Customizable. You can customize this recipe to your liking by adjusting the amount of sweetener or using a different type of milk. You can also experiment with different fruit combinations to create your own unique version of this drink.
- Dairy-free. The recipe is dairy-free which is important for those who are lactose intolerant or following a vegan diet, as it uses plant-based milk options such as oat milk, almond milk, or soy milk. It makes a great option for those who want to enjoy a creamy and delicious latte without any dairy products.
Tips for Choosing a Good Quality Matcha Powder
If you have already tasted Matcha once before and hated it, there is a big chance that it was a low-quality tea. Follow these tips for choosing the best matcha powder, and you will like it for sure:
- Choose a vibrant green-colored matcha powder, never dull, dark, or yellowish. It is very important to pay attention to the color. High-quality matcha powder should have a vibrant green color, which is an indicator of its freshness and the quality of the tea leaves used to make it. The color should be uniform throughout the powder and should not contain any dull or yellowish areas. If the matcha powder has a dull or yellowish color, it may indicate that the leaves used to make it were of lower quality or may have been exposed to too much sunlight, which can affect the flavor and nutritional value of the matcha.
- The texture should be a smooth fine powder, never sand-like. The texture is another important factor to consider when choosing a high-quality product. Matcha powder should be finely ground, with a texture that is smooth and silky to the touch. If the matcha powder feels gritty or sandy, it may indicate that the leaves were not ground finely enough, which can affect the flavor and texture of the matcha when it is prepared. A smooth, fine texture also makes the matcha powder easier to mix and dissolve in liquids, ensuring a consistent flavor and texture throughout.
- Don’t expect to find a good quality Matcha for a low price, it just doesn’t work this way. When it comes to matcha powder, it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. High-quality matcha powder is made from the youngest, most tender tea leaves, which are carefully grown and harvested to preserve their flavor and nutritional value. As a result, high-quality matcha powder is typically more expensive than lower-quality alternatives. Investing in a high-quality matcha powder can ensure that you are getting the best flavor and nutritional value from your matcha, making it a worthwhile investment for those who value quality and taste.
- Check the origin. Matcha is traditionally grown in Japan, and Japanese matcha is considered to be of the highest quality.
- Look for organic certification. Choose organic matcha powder without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers, which can affect the flavor and quality of the matcha.
Expert Tips on How to Make Your Strawberry Matcha Latte
To make this awesome summer drink you only need to prepare matcha tea and puree your strawberries with a sweetener of your choice. That’s it! Here are some tips that will help you achieve the best results:
- Dissolve matcha powder in hot water first. Dissolving the matcha powder in hot water creates a smooth paste and helps to avoid clumps in the latte. Be sure to use hot, but not boiling water. Whisk it until the matcha has dissolved and pour in the remaining water and whisk some more. For the iced latte, chill it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes after dissolving.
- Use a chasen. A bamboo whisk, also known as a chasen, is the traditional tool used to mix matcha powder with hot water. It creates a smoother and creamier texture than using a spoon or electric mixer. But if you don’t have a chasen, you can use a small kitchen whisk or even a fork.
- Use fresh strawberries. Fresh strawberries are best for this recipe as they provide a burst of flavor and color. If using frozen strawberries, thaw them first before blending. But I definitely recommend the fresh ones.
- Mash strawberries if making only one portion. If you make just one portion it would be hard to blend a small amount of fruits in a big blender. So if you don’t have a small blender, like a Nutri bullet you can just finely mash your strawberries with a fork. But make sure the mashed strawberries are as smooth as possible.
- Serve with ice. Chill your latte with ice for a refreshing summer drink. You can also garnish with fresh strawberries or mint leaves for an extra touch of flavor and color.
- For the milk options, you can take any milk you like, but keep in mind that coconut milk will give a slight coconut taste to the drink. I recommend oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or even regular whole milk if you don’t want a vegan option.
Overall, this Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte recipe is a refreshing, healthy, delicious, and customizable drink that’s perfect for summer. With its unique combination of flavors, it’s sure to be a hit!
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So, don’t wait any longer to try this delicious Strawberry Matcha Latte recipe! And let us know in the comments how it turned out for you!
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1-2 tbsp hot water
- ⅓ cup warm water
- 6 fresh strawberries
- 1-2 tsp agave syrup
- ⅓ cup ice
- ⅓ cup almond milk (or other of your choice)
- In a measuring cup or bowl, add the matcha powder. Pour in 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot water and whisk until you get a smooth paste-like consistency.
- Pour in warm water and mix well. Transfer to the fridge or freezer to chill for about 15 minutes.
- Prepare the strawberry layer by blending the strawberries and sweetener of your choice, using your blender (or finely mashing your strawberries with a fork). Pour the strawberry puree into your serving glass.
- Then top it with ice and pour cold milk on top.
- Lastly, pour in the chilled matcha and stir. Serve and enjoy!