Strawberry Matcha Lattes
Crafting drinks is NOT my forte. I’m not even going to lie. Some people make gorgeous and unique drinks. Yet, I try. And practice makes perfect, I suppose.
I may not have the steady hand and skills of those that make gorgeous layered drinks at some of NYC’s top matcha spots but nuts to a perfectly layered appearance. What matters is that the taste of this drink is absolute perfection! The earthy matcha melds with the sun-dappled strawberries to make a drink that is refreshing and fulfilling.
– 2 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered
– 3 tablespoons water (for strawberry sauce)
– 1/2 cup boiling water (for matcha)
– 2 tsp matcha powder
– 1 cup milk of choice (Please see Before We Get Started…)
– Ice (optional)
BEFORE WE GET STARTED
I tested this recipe in two 12-ounce short glasses. I found that roughly 3 tablespoons of the strawberry sauce, 1/2 cup of milk, and 1/4 cup matcha tea filled up one 12-ounce glass. Depending on the type of glassware you are drinking this latte from, feel free to adjust these measurements as you see fit, e.g. adding more milk.
Feel free to add sweetener of choice to this drink, but I prefer to keep it free of added sugars as the strawberries are sweet enough. If trying to keep this as low-sugar as possible, opt for unsweetened non-dairy milks.
If you want to make the strawberry sauce en masse for future use, double (or triple! Quadruple!) this recipe and store in an airtight container – in your fridge – for up to one week.
1> In a medium saucepan, combine strawberries and 3 tablespoons of water over medium-high heat. Allow strawberries to cook and break down for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool for 10 minutes, then add to food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature, or place in fridge to cool.
2> When ready to assemble latte, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Add matcha powder and whisk with bamboo matcha whisk – or a regular whisk – until dissolved.
3> To assemble drink, add 3 tablespoons of the strawberry sauce to the bottom of the glass. If adding ice cubes, add to glass. Slowly pour milk over the strawberry sauce. Slowly top milk with matcha. Slowly consume!
Makes 2 12-ounce cup servings