Did you know matcha is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet? The powdery, fine green tea is packed with antioxidants that can protect you from most modern disorders, including premature aging. Yay!
Matcha is delicious too. It’s thick, grassy and foamy, and don’t get me started in that lovely creamy green color!
Perhaps the best rendition of matcha is the frozen matcha latte. It’s a pretty cool way of getting your caffeine without drinking coffee. That’s right! Matcha, meaning green tea, has caffeine, but it’s gentler on your nerves.
Before heading into our recipe’s details, let me tell you a bit more about matcha. I think the green powder deserves more recognition.
Matcha is powdered green tea, and green tea is the same plant as black tea, the Camellia sinensis tea shrub. This caffeinated plant has been used as traditional medicine and as a healthy refreshing drink for thousands of years, and although it’s originally from China, matcha is a Japanese specialty.
Have you seen videos of those very formal tea ceremonies in Japan? If not, go on and take a look; that’s matcha right there — we’re talking of a drink fit for royalty. I’m just saying, we should treat matcha with the respect it deserves.
On February 20, 2020, Dunkin’ Donuts announced the release of their first matcha flavored drink, and it’s our time to put together our homemade copycat recipe.
To make our frozen drink, we’ll blend matcha powder (a little goes a long way), simple syrup, almond milk and ice. Pretty straightforward, right?
If you don’t have simple syrup and home, you can make your own in ten minutes over the stovetop. Of course, you can use your favorite sweetener as well, including low-carb sweeteners.
The result is a frothy, slightly sweet, pale green drink that looks even better when topped with a large dollop of whipped cream. I like it medium sweet but adjust yours to your liking.
Now we’re ready to make ourselves a five-minute frozen matcha latte. I promise, you’ll fall in love with this one!