Writing this post has brought me pure joy because I just f*cking love matcha!
I have an iced matcha latte almost every morning, pretty much without fail during quarantine because I have nothing else to do and it helps get me out of bed. I imagine that is how some of you feel about your morning coffee. No matter how many times I've tried, I am just not a coffee drinker. I don't really like the taste and it makes me SO jittery BUT THAT'S OK BECAUSE I'VE FOUND MATCHA. It's part of my morning routine that I really love, it's almost become spiritual HA. I really love the process of making a matcha latte, it truly is so good for you, and I think its delicious.
New to matcha and don't know which kind to buy? I will say that not all matcha is made equally, so I invest and spend a little more for really good quality grade matcha. The first matcha I ever bought and always have stocked in the pantry is from Ippodo Tea and more recently after falling in love with their face masks, I tried @golde matcha. There are definitely other quality matcha brands out there, but those are my go-to's.
P.S. if you shop Golde, you can use my link https://bit.ly/2xpJtQS for $5 off your matcha purchase
And don't be silly matcha doesn't stop at matcha lattes. We got matcha smoothies. We got strawberry matcha. We got matcha pancakes. We got matcha face masks. Matcha loafs matcha pancakes matcha ice cream ok you get the point. I have experimented with a few different matcha recipes that I wanted to share so keep reading if you're curious how to make:
My Everyday Morning Iced Matcha Latte
Strawberry Matcha Latte
My Morning Iced Matcha Latte
If you follow me on Instagram, you're probably sick of seeing my daily matcha make appearances all over my IG story. Or maybe you think it's as pretty as I do? Either way, I'm breaking it down for you right now.
What you'll need:
2. Milk or milk substitute
4. A matcha whisk (or a regular whisk or a handheld frother)
5. Small Strainer
What size drink are you making? Making a matcha latte in a small cup or large cup? My rule of thumb: small matcha (~16oz cup)= 1 heaping tsp matcha powder and 50ml hot water. Large matcha (~24oz cup)= 2 flat tsp matcha powder and 75ml hot water.
*Fun fact I was working part time as a barista at a boba tea shop for 2 weeks before covid got serious (they're temporarily shut down) so that's how I learned these specific millimeter measurements. But if that stresses you out it's not that serious, just eye ball it- If you're making a big matcha use a little more water and more matcha powder, smaller cup use less.*
I start by only adding a little amount of the water to make a thick paste and strong concentrate. Then I add in the rest of the water.
Whisk! If you're new to matcha and not sure if you even like it, don't bother buying a matcha whisk. A regular whisk will work just fine! A fork would even work need be. Whisk until it looks frothy and some bubbles start to form, you just want to mix it all together until there are no clumps.
Prep your glass and fill it with your choice of milk, leaving room to top it off with the matcha you just made. Fill your glass with ice and drizzle honey around the sizes of the cup for extra sweetness. More honey=more sweet. Pour in the milk, my go to is Oatly oat milk.
Strain your matcha! The last thing you want is clumps of matcha in your drink, I promise it does not taste good so pour your mixture over a strainer and into your glass.
Mix all together and enjoy :) The layers will look so pretty when you first pour in the matcha but make sure to give it a good stir before you drink it.
CBD matcha latte? Just add the desired amount of CBD into your drink and make sure to stir!
Strawberry Matcha Latte
This was one of my favorite drinks at the boba shop I worked at! Shout out @bobaguys I miss you and your drinks so much :( One of the prettiest drinks I make I MEAN:
The only thing that is different about this drink vs the regular ice matcha latte is the strawberry puree at the bottom. I like to make a few batches of the strawberry mix and keep it in the fridge so it's ready when I want to use it throughout the week. That way I can have a regular matcha latte one day and a strawberry matcha latte the next without having to do much extra work.
What you'll need for the strawberry puree:
2.5 cups fresh strawberries sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 cup water
Add strawberries, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Summer for 15 minutes and set aside to cool.
Once is has cooled off, add strawberry mix to a blender and puree!
Assemble all parts of your drink! Add strawberry puree to the bottom of your glass and slowly add ice to about 2/3rds full. Then slowly add your milk leaving room to top off with matcha. *Tip: pour the milk over an ice cube so it trickles down slowly into the glass* If you pour the milk in too fast it will disrupt the bottom strawberry puree and you will loose the pretty layers of this drink. Then slowly pour in your matcha! (same steps as the matcha latte). Take a picture of the pretty layers but then make sure to STIR STIR STIR before you drink!
I'm in love with the texture and color of these waffles so much so that it's now my phone background, I'm obsessed. I followed a recipe that @golde shared on their instagram so definitely screen-shot this if you plan to make it! This is such a fun twist on a classic waffle and the recipe was really easy to follow. (Only thing is you need a waffle maker but you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already!) The matcha taste wasn't very strong so you can add an extra tsp if you want the matcha flavor to come through more, totally up to you.
We loaded that ish up!
Whipped Matcha Latte
Dalgona coffee is a hot trend right now! And since I don't drink coffee the first thing I thought was okay but can we do this with matcha? A quick google search told me YEP you sure can! This drink almost has a milkshake-type mouthfeel and is so fluffy and delicious.
What you'll need:
1 egg white
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp matcha
1 cup milk
A whisk & strainer
Separate egg white from yolk in a bowl and whisk until frothy!
Add 1 tbsp sugar and whisk all together until mixture forms stiff peaks.
Sift in 1 tsp matcha with a strainer and whisk whisk whisk
Fill glass with ice and your choice of milk leaving room to top off with whipped matcha. Add the whipped matcha to the top, stir and enjoy!
Peace Love and Matcha.