Matcha is a finely powdered green tea renowned for its vibrant color, earthy flavor, and impressive health benefits.
While traditionally enjoyed whisked with hot water, matcha's versatility extends far beyond the classic cup of tea.
Today, we explore a delicious world of matcha-infused drinks, featuring recipes for smoothies, lattes, and other refreshing concoctions. We hope that you discover a new favorite matcha drink in this guide.
Smoothies are popular drinks sold at restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Puréeing your ingredients in a blender and adding them to a liquid base is the most common way to create a smoothie.
If you have a blender on hand, you can try puréeing fruit, vegetables, milk, and other ingredients with matcha powder to create your own tasty yet potent drink!
Matcha smoothies are increasingly popular and are all the rage at the local Starbucks. The question is, can you re-create a delectable smoothie at home?
Here are a few Matcha Smoothie recipes for you to try out:
Simple Matcha Green Smoothie:
This basic recipe blends fresh spinach, banana, and pineapple with matcha and plant-based milk for a healthy and energizing start to your day.
Chocolate Matcha Smoothie:
For a decadent and satisfying treat, combine frozen banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, and matcha for a protein-packed matcha smoothie that tastes like a dessert.
Strawberry Matcha Smoothie:
This vibrant smoothie blends fresh strawberries, banana, and yogurt with matcha for a sweet and refreshing drink packed with vitamin C and antioxidants.
Tropical Matcha Smoothie:
Escape to paradise with this tropical smoothie featuring mango, pineapple, coconut milk, and matcha—a perfect way to boost your mood and immunity.
Latte (known as caffè latte) is a type of coffee that is usually made with espresso and steamed milk. Unlike regular coffee, latte includes a hefty amount of milk, to the distaste of many coffee drinkers. Yet, many people love latte for its sweet, milky taste. A certified guilty pleasure!
There are different variations of latte where you use chocolate milk instead of regular milk to create a caffè mocha. You can swap out the espresso for matcha to make a delightful matcha latte, a drink that is sweet and rich in flavor and includes the many benefits of matcha.
Pour your steamed milk into a glass of whisked matcha to create a satisfying cup of matcha latte. Here are a few recipes to get you started:
Classic Matcha Latte:
This timeless recipe combines whisked matcha with steamed milk of your choice (dairy or plant-based) for a warm and comforting beverage.
Vanilla Matcha Latte:
Add a touch of sweetness and warmth to your latte with vanilla extract or a vanilla bean.
Spiced Matcha Latte:
For a twist on the classic, add warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to your latte.
Pumpkin Spice Matcha Latte:
Embrace the fall season with this latte featuring pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice blend, and your favorite milk.
More Matcha Drinks
Matcha is an incredibly versatile drink, which is why there is more ways to enjoy matcha. Not the biggest fan of smoothies or lattes? Here are some compelling alternatives that you may enjoy:
Matcha Iced Tea:
For a refreshing summer drink, steep matcha in hot water, strain, and pour over ice. You can customize it with honey, lemon, or your favorite fruit.
Create festive and delicious mocktails by combining matcha with sparkling water, fruit juices, and fresh herbs.
This fizzy drink mixes matcha with lemon juice, sugar, and seltzer water for a bubbly and invigorating beverage.
Matcha Chia Seed Pudding:
Combine matcha with chia seeds, almond milk, and your favorite toppings like fruit and nuts for a healthy and satisfying snack or dessert.
Tips for Making Delicious Matcha Drinks
There are a few things worth considering when preparing matcha. It is advised that you use good quality matcha and practice preparing your matcha for the best results.
Types of Matcha
- Ceremonial Grade: This is the highest quality, ideal for traditional tea ceremonies. It has a delicate taste and is best used in drinks where matcha is the main focus.
- Culinary Grade: More robust in flavor, this grade is perfect for cooking and baking, as well as for making lattes and smoothies.
- Sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder to avoid lumps and ensure a smooth drink.
- Whisk with a small amount of hot water (not boiling) to form a paste. Boiling water can burn the matcha and make it taste bitter.
- Add more water or milk to make a full drink.
- Experiment with different types of milk, sweeteners, and flavors to find your perfect matcha drink.
- Get creative and try different combinations of fruits, spices, and other ingredients.
TL;DR: Matcha Drink Recipes
Matcha is a versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in many different forms. Whether you prefer a classic hot latte, a refreshing smoothie, or an innovative matcha-infused drink, there’s a matcha recipe for everyone.
We hope you enjoy exploring these recipes and making them your own. Practice makes perfect!