I C E D G R E E N T E A L A T T E
green tea is one of my all-time favorite drinks– hot or iced. it tastes absolutely amazing, better than any other tea, in my opinion, and it also has great health benefits. so, i’m always open to trying green tea in any kind of drink form. i’ve noticed recently starbucks green tea lattes have become quite popular so i decided i’d try to make one of my own at home, for much cheaper. most green tea latte recipes call for matcha powder, which is just a powdered green tea. however, matcha can be quite expensive. usually $20 a container. since i don’t have an extra $20 just lying around to spend on green tea powder, i wanted to create a recipe without using matcha. and i believe i succeeded.
W H A T Y O U N E E D:
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 bags of your favorite green tea
- ¾ cups milk (cow’s, skim, almond, soy, whatever you prefer)
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ water
- ice cubes
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- honey (optional)
- green food coloring
W H A T Y O U D O:
Green Tea Concentrate:
- pour 1 cup bowling water over 3 bags of green tea.
- steep for a minimum of 5 minutes.
- after done steeping, allow to cool. to speed up the cooling process, put the tea in the fridge.
- add ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar to saucepan.
- heat sugar and water on the stove until all sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. make sure the mixture does not boil.
- after all sugar is dissolved, stir in 1 tsp of vanilla extract with the simple syrup, if desired.
- let syrup cool before using.
Green Tea Latte:
- pour cooled green tea concentrate into glass.
- add 1 drop of green food coloring and stir. this is only for appearance’s sake. it makes the latte look more green. if you’d rather not use food coloring, then that’s fine, it won’t affect the way the drink tastes.
- next add the simple syrup. don’t add all ½ cups of syrup. start off with 2 teaspoons. you can add more later if the latte’s sweetness is not to your liking.
- add honey. as much as desired. keep in mind there is also already sweetness from the simple syrup.
- lastly, add ¾ cup of your choice of milk. you can add less than ¾ cups of milk if you’re not a big fan of milk because your latte will have a strong milk taste.
- stir all ingredients together, making sure honey and syrup are well mixed throughout.
- add ice cubes to finish.
the only problem i had with this recipe was the strong milk taste. and that’s only because i do not like milk. at. all. i could never stand to drink straight white milk. so, if you’re like me, and don’t necessarily like milk, add less than the ¾ cups called for. you can also use soy or almond milk for a less milky taste. also, if you’d like a more green tea taste, you can make more than 1 cup of green tea concentrate. but all in all, this makes a delicious, unique green tea latte.