This strawberry matcha latte is a delicious drink that looks as good as it tastes! The beautiful layers really catch the eye. It’s inspired by the very popular strawberry matcha latte from Boba Guys, which is a popular boba tea shop. Add some ice and you’ve got yourself a cool, refreshing drink!
Strawberry Matcha Latte
Love strawberries? Love matcha? Well we’ve got the perfect drink for you. With sweet, juicy strawberries and the subtly herby, verdant matcha flavor, you’re really going to love this. It only takes five minutes to get ready, so what are you waiting for?
We’re making the strawberry matcha latte from three distinct layers.
- The bottom layer will be pureed strawberries, either fresh or frozen, with some sweetener.
- In the middle layer we’re using milk. This can be plant milk or dairy milk.
- The top layer’s going to be matcha.
Strawberry and matcha is a truly wonderful flavor combo. Many Asian desserts make great use of these two awesome key ingredients. They’re heavily featured in Asian-inspired treats from Starbucks and boba tea shops the world over.
Matcha and Strawberry
Unless you’re from Asia or you’re familiar with a lot of Asian food, you might not know about matcha. Matcha is a fine, green powder made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It is not the same as green tea, however! Matcha is consumed differently from tea leaves or bags, in that it is usually consumed suspended in either water or milk. This is what gives liquid matcha its brilliant, opaque green color.
It is often used to flavor and dye foods all over Japan, and throughout the world. Noodles, lattes, and even matcha chocolate are all common Japanese treats!
Matcha and strawberry is a great flavor combo. The natural umami flavor of matcha coupled with the sweetness and slight acidity of strawberries balances and complements to create something truly sublime.
- Strawberries, fresh or frozen. We’re using a strawberry puree as our bottom layer. We love using fresh strawberries because we can cut them into cute little pieces for a garnish.
- Matcha powder is key here too. Use the best quality matcha powder you can find for best flavor. That means ceremonial grade matcha powder in airtight packaging.
- Sugar or honey
- Milk is out final ingredient. You can use dairy or plant milk, depending on your own personal preference.
How To Make Strawberry Matcha Latte
- The first thing to do is pour hot water into the matcha powder. Mix them together using a matcha whisk (or a small ordinary whisk if you don’t have one) until the mixture is smooth and free of any clumps.
- The next step is pureeing the strawberries. You can use a blender, masher, food processor, or even the back of a fork! You want the strawberries to basically be a pulpy, saucy texture. Add this to your serving glass with some ice. Then pour your choice of milk over the top.
- The third and final step is the addition of your hot matcha to the top layer. You want to do this nice and carefully so it forms a layer above the milk. Do not stir your drink: this will mix the layers together. Garnish your freshly made treat with some freshly diced strawberry bits and serve!
Strawberry Matcha Latte Tips
- When you are pureeing your strawberries, you should start by using about three tablespoons of sugar as sweetener. This is not mandatory, especially if your strawberries are very sweet. This is a guideline that you should adjust according to taste. Some people like the natural flavor of strawberries without any sugar!
- Be vigorous when whisking your matcha with the hot water. A good, vigorous whisking should nicely disperse the matcha powder in the water, preventing lumps from forming.
Frequently Asked Questions
Matcha is a finely ground powder of processed green tea leaves. It’s commonly used in Japan to color and flavor various foods and drinks, as well as in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It tastes, as you’d expect, a bit like green tea, with some more pronounced bitterness and sweetness.
You’ll find matcha powder in pretty much any Asian grocer or even the Asian aisle of your local grocery store. You can order matcha online. Be sure to get ceremonial grade for the highest quality.
Although we always recommend using fresh ingredients, frozen strawberries are OK too. If you’re using frozen strawberries for your strawberry matcha latte, be sure to thaw them first, then follow the rest of the instructions as you would with fresh strawberries. Note that frozen berries sometimes have added sugar, so check your packaging to see if you still need to add sugar to your puree.
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