Summer Green Tea Latte2013-03-14
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.