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A head on close up image of a poured matcha latte with the matcha layer sitting on the top
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5 from 2 votes

Refreshing and Chilled Matcha Latte

This honeyed drink is the perfect afternoon pick me up. With matcha's mild caffeine content and amino acid compounds that are known for promoting calming alertness without any crashes, this iced beverage is easy to make and is as good, if not better, than the lattes you can buy for just a fraction of the cost.
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 1
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Kitrusy

Equipment

  • 1 Tall 16 oz Glass

Ingredients

Instructions

To create a latte with the matcha layer on the bottom:

  • In a small bowl, add 1½ tbsp of honey and the matcha powder (along with the vanilla bean paste if using), mix it together until a smooth, shiny paste is formed.
  • Heat ¼ cup of milk until just steaming and pour it over the matcha paste. Stir until your matcha, honey and milk are fully combined together into a smooth blend. Set it aside to cool while you prep the glass.
  • In a tall glass, drizzle half tbsp of honey around the inside of the glass to create drips* - see notes. Slowly pour your matcha mixture into the bottom of the glass, then carefully add the ice into the glass and finally slowly stream in the remaining milk over the ice.
  • Serve and enjoy immediately.

To create a latte with the matcha layer on the top:

  • Heat ¼ cup of milk until steaming and add or sift the matcha powder into it.
    Using a matcha whisk (chasen), regular whisk, fork or milk frother, blend the matcha into the milk until smooth and no lumps remain. Set it aside to cool while you prep the milk and glass.
  • Blend or shake together 1 cup of milk along with, 1½ tbsp of honey and vanilla bean paste (if using).
  • To a tall glass, drizzle the remaining ½ tbsp of honey into the inside of the glass to create streaks* - see notes.
    Add ice to your glass and carefully pour your honeyed milk over the ice. Then, slowly stream in the matcha over the top - if you'd like, you can pour your matcha thoguh a fine mesh sieve to ensure that there are no lumps.
  • Serve and enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • Adding the streaks of honey to the glass isn't necessary and is done purely for aesthetic reasons. If you'd like you can skip this step and use the full 2 tbsp of honey to mix with the matcha or the milk.
  • Add the honey to whichever you want your bottom layer to be. The honey makes the layer "heavier" which allows you to have defined/separated layers that will keep the non-honey top layer from sinking in.
  • If you have issues getting your matcha powder to smoothly blend without lumps or chunky residue settling to the bottom, then I highly recommend using the trick of mixing the powder into honey to make a smooth, thick paste.

Nutrition

Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 694IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 1mg