Summer Green Tea Latte | Pika Chakula

Summer Green Tea Latte

2013-03-14

Green tea lattes are an invigorating and healthy summer treat that’s great with breakfast or for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Here’s what you’ll need for this iced, blended Summer Green Tea Latte recipe:

• 1 cup cold, unsweetened soymilk
• 1 cup ice
• 1 Tbsp warm water
• 1 Tbsp mild honey
• 1 tsp food-grade matcha (powdered green tea)
• Optional: Light rum (to taste)

Soymilk Notes: You can exclude the honey and use vanilla or sweetened soymilk if that’s what you have on hand. Soymilk is the preferred green tea latte base for most people (for health reasons and because it tends to be more refreshing), but you can replace it with dairy milk or other milk alternatives if desired.

Matcha Notes: Matcha is best when fresh, so buy in smaller quantities and use within three months after opening. Food-grade (also called “cooking-grade,” “kitchen grade” or “ingredient-grade”) matcha is available from many tea retailers and can be found in some Asian markets (especially Japanese markets) under the name “green tea powder.”

If you’d like to use a powdered form of a specific green tea (your favorite, perhaps), use an electric spice grinder to make small batches of it into a very fine powder.

In addition to what’s listed above, you’ll need a spoon, a small bowl, a blender and a serving glass.

Make a matcha paste by putting your matcha powder into the small bowl and slowly stirring in the warm water until the mixture is smooth.

Put all of your ingredients into your blender.

Mix your green tea latte on the “blend” setting (or similar) until smooth. This should take about 1 minute. If your matcha paste is sticking to the sides of the blender, stop blending, use the spoon to scrape it off, replace the blender lid, and then resume blending.

Pour your matcha latte into the serving glass, using the spoon to guide it as needed. Serve immediately.

This recipe makes about 2 cups of Summer Green Tea Latte. If you are making this for a group of people, simply double or triple the recipe proportions (depending on the size of your blender) for larger batches.

If you are serving Summer Green Tea Lattes at a summer barbecue or other event in which people are consuming alcohol, you may be glad to know that they also taste great with light rum added to taste. Made with rum, this recipe has a festive, summer flavor and the combined kick of matcha’s caffeine and rum’s alcohol, making it a delicious healthier alternative to energy drink cocktails.

Start by stirring in 1 tsp to 1 fluid ounce light rum per cup of green tea latte. Work from there to find your preferred balance of flavors and alcohol content. If desired, dust your green tea latte cocktails with matcha powder for additional color and caffeine.

 

 

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by kiltakblog on Mar 18, 2013

    I am curious, what do you like better? Why?

  2. posted by kerrin marz on Mar 18, 2013

    I always know what lattes to get in the winter, but I never know what to get in the summer since I never get frappuccinos because they always end up being too much for me. Right now I get an iced coffee made with soy milk and two splendas. What are some other good drinks that are healthier and have coffee in them?

  3. posted by Larry R on Mar 18, 2013

    I would like to make my own green tea ice cream with matcha powder and vanilla ice cream but I can’t find the specific amount to add to a specific amount of ice cream. Some people say to experiment but I have no idea where to start!!

  4. posted by Terrence on Mar 19, 2013

    I am an 8th grader weighing 155 lbs and 5’3”. I NEED to lose weight. I am moving in the summer and going to a new school. I will be going into high school. I have never been in a bikini in my life, but this year i would like to change that. The only sport that I do is dance-Irish Step Dance. Please help!!!! NO RUDE COMMENTS!

  5. posted by JackReynolds on Mar 20, 2013

    Me and my fiance have just decided where we are having our wedding, we are going to have the ceromony on the beach and the reception hall is on the same beach. i have a couple questions-
    1. does anybody know any good website for a wedding dress for the beach, in the sense of summery, and short but still elegant and classy. any sites will do.
    2. is white ok? or should i be original and go for a color. for the dress.
    3. i am a girly girl, but since it is going to be a summer wedding. i want vibrant colors for flowers and deco and wedding party, how is BRIGHT PINK? or do you think that is to “childish” or any other advice?
    4. my fav flower is a tulip but taht is a spring flower do you think it is ok to have taht as my main flower in the summer???
    5.and the hall is attached to a deck, so i want eating inside, and dancing and the band outside, and i want to focus more on the deck for decorations and make it very ‘magical” with lights intertwined with flowers, any other more ideas????
    oh yes i am going to be 23 at the time of the wedding and my fiance will be 26, just so you get a sense of the “age group”
    THANKS GUYS!!!

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