They have become popular because they are an accessible way to enter the world of matcha green tea, which has a distinct grassy taste but can offer health benefits to its drinkers in part because of the powerful antioxidants it contains. A matcha latte requires just three ingredients: matcha powder, water and milk. Prepared properly and shaken together, this trio can produce a smooth, creamy drink that can be enjoyed hot – or as a cold brew over ice.
Because there are so few ingredients, the quality of each ingredient is crucial to the quality of the overall drink. The finest matcha is ceremonial grade matcha, which can have a subtle flavour – ours, for example, offers exceptional character, floral notes and deep, vegetal umami. For matcha lattes, you can also consider using culinary grade matcha. This type of matcha green tea often has a stronger, less subtle flavour so it can stand up to the ingredients it might be mixed with in baking. When choosing your matcha, look for a vibrant green colour – this is the clearest sign of quality.
How to make an iced matcha green tea latte
This is our favourite recipe for iced matcha latte. Whether you are looking for an easy way to drink green tea or are on the hunt for a refreshing alternative to your usual hot drink, the recipe is straightforward to follow and delivers a consistent serve that you can consider a sort of elevated iced tea. It also doesn’t contain any sweetener, which you might find in the versions sold by certain high-street chains. The four utensils you will need are:
• Scales – as the quantities involved are small, digital scales are probably best
• Matcha shaker – we make a purpose-designed gold one but you could also use a cocktail shaker
• Milk steamer/frother – if you don’t have either of these, you could hand-whisk the milk to froth it
• Cup – bigger is better because you will need room for the ice!
The four ingredients you require are:
Here’s how to get from these raw materials to a delicious iced matcha latte in just seven very simple steps:
1. Put 2g of matcha and 20ml of room temperature water into the matcha shaker.
2. Shake for 15 seconds or 40 shakes.
3. Froth the milk, by hand or according to the instructions that accompany your chosen machine.
4. Add the frothy milk to the shaker (which still has the matcha and water in it).
5. Shake for 15 seconds or 40 shakes.
6. Pour the shaken matcha over ice into your cup.
Iced green tea latte with coconut milk
Matcha green tea is a versatile ingredient. If you don’t like milk or are avoiding dairy products for any reason, it’s worth knowing that you can make an iced matcha latte with a dairy-free alternative. Coconut milk is one option. You can also explore the full range of commonly available nut milks. For example, if you want to know how to make iced matcha latte with almond milk, the recipe is exactly the same as the one above, just with almond milk instead of dairy milk.