It's officially Summer! What better way to enjoy the Summer heat than a refreshing cold beverage in hand. Macha iced latte, anyone? I usually order a Macha drink from a boba shop but I recently came across a large package of premium organic Macha at my local Costco. It went into my grocery cart so quick, I think I got whiplash.
What is Macha?
Macha is finely ground green tea leaves from Japan. These specialty green tea leaves are grown in the shade so that the leaves are greener than other green tea leaves. Also, shade growth produces more caffeine and a bunch of other health benefits that I'm not qualified to list. Once in production, the stems and veins of the leaves are removed then pulverized into a fine powder. The powder dissolves quickly in liquid so not only can you have them in tea, but you probably seen them in various desserts such as cake and ice cream.
One thing I realized while making my own iced Macha latte, was how little macha powder and how much sugar I needed. I thought since I can make my own drink, I'd go full-on gangsta macha. I added 2-3 teaspoons of macha powder per serving. Macha gets bitter in higher concentration so needless to say I was not able to finish my drink. I even thought I contaminated my drink as I was having it while working in the garden. Maybe I dropped some dirt into the drink? Nope, I didn't. It was simply too much macha. Lesson learned, for one serving, stick to 3/4 to 1 teaspoon macha powder. There is a fine, almost invisible line, between perfectly tasting macha ice latte to Good God what in the Sam Hill am I drinking?!
I also realized, I had to add quite a bit of sugar syrup to balance out the flavor of macha. I kept adding and adding sugar syrup until I was satisfied with the taste of 4 tablespoons of simple syrup. So much for being a healthy drink. I did add some grass jelly. That would negate the unhealthiness, right?
My favorite thing about this drink is the striation of colors. You have the dark grass jelly color with the syrup at the bottom. Next is the white layer of milk and then the green macha on top. The matcha beautifully sits on top of the milk because it's so light and frothy. The presentation of this drink is oh so pretty but make sure to stir everything up before drinking to balance out the different flavors.
Macha Iced Latte with Grass Jelly
- 1 teaspoon macha powder
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1/3 cup cubed grass jelly
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar simple syrup (equal part sugar and water, bring to a boil then cool)
- 3/4 - 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup milk
- In a small cup or bowl, whisk together macha powder with hot water until it is completely dissolved and frothy. Set aside the mixture in a freezer or fridge to cool quickly.
- In the meantime, add the following to your cup in this order: grass jelly, brown sugar syrup, ice and milk.
- Retrieve the macha mixture from the fridge/freezer, give it a quick stir and pour gently on top of the milk.