A simple concoction of matcha powder, sugar, milk, and ice makes up this easy Iced Green Tea Latte!
After spending 10 days in China, I found myself hungover, thirsty, and stuck at the Shanghai airport waiting for my flight home.
I had, once again, made the “never-again” mistake of drinking too much the night before a flight, and although I’d already pounded two bottles of vitamin water, my thirst had not been quenched.
Together with my traveling companions (my youngest sister, Emily and her best friend, Paige), we ate lunch and proceeded to make our way through the terminal in search of something that could make my mouth feel just a little less dry.
As we neared our gate, I saw the single largest conglomeration of white people I’d seen thus far in China.
Naturally, they were all standing in line at the airport Starbucks.
I normally avoid visiting “Americanized” establishments while abroad, but seeing as how we had just eaten lunch at the airport KFC (which, let me tell you, was difficult for this non-meat-eater), I figured we could make an exception.
We got in line and immediately received knowing nods and eye contact from the other patrons in a way that said “yes, you have found the mothership.”
Paige ordered a breakfast sandwich (and then later went back and ordered another one), Emily got a smoothie, and I ordered something that I hadn’t had since I worked for Starbucks at the age of 19.
“I’ll have an Iced Grande Green Tea Latte, please.”
Nothing, I tell you, nothing has ever quenched my hangover thirst like that green tea latte did. I let Paige have a sip, and she ordered one for herself when she went back for her second breakfast sandwich.
After arriving home a few weeks ago, I ordered a supply of the essential green tea latte ingredient: matcha powder.
Matcha is made from green tea, but is processed in a very special way. It’s made from grinding up young, shade-grown green tea leaves into a fine, bright green powder. The only other ingredients you need are sugar, milk, a touch of hot water, and ice.
I hope this recipe serves you in your time of need.
Here’s the Recipe!
- 3/4 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 10 ounces milk
- 1 cup ice
- Place the matcha powder and sugar along with 1 tablespoon hot water in a mason jar or cocktail shaker.* Use a small whisk or spoon to combine the ingredients until dissolved.
- Pour the milk into the container, followed by the ice. Secure the lid and shake until well-combined and frothy. Transfer to a serving container (or enjoy straight from the mason jar).
*You can also make this in a regular glass, although shaking the drink makes it nice and frothy!
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 205 Total Fat 6g Saturated Fat 4g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 25mg Sodium 162mg Carbohydrates 28g Fiber 0g Sugar 13g Protein 11g