How to Make a Matcha Green Tea Latte at Home

If the thought of the "Unicorn frappuccino" turns your stomach, you're not alone! I'm more of a plain-old-coffee kind of girl. 

But I recently heard of matcha green tea lattes, and I'm HOOKED! They're the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, and surprisingly easy to make at home.

Matcha is green tea, but instead of leaves it comes in a very fine powder that dissolves. It has a slightly sweeter and more mild taste than traditional green tea. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • Matcha green tea. I bought this small container from Trader Joe's just to make sure I liked it. Next time, I'll buy the biggest container I can find!
  • Milk. I used 1/2 cup skim milk, and 1/4 cup half and half. The combo was nice and creamy, but not too heavy that I couldn't froth it myself. Pro tip-- skim milk is the easiest milk to froth up.
  • Honey, agave, or another liquid sweetener. I used agave because that's what I happened to have! You just need a drizzle, about 1/4 tsp.
  • Vanilla extract; again, just a drizzle, about 1/4 tsp.

Here's what you do:

  1. Boil water, preferably using a tea kettle but you could always microwave it or use a pot, whatever you have on hand.
  2. Mix about 1/2 cup of water with the matcha. It's best to use a small whisk for this! Stir, stir, stir until you get a nice dark green color
  3. **If you happen to have a fancy milk warmer/frother, you go ahead and use it! I don't, so here's what I did.** Combine the milk, half and half, agave, and vanilla into a microwave safe container (I used a glass measuring cup, for easy pouring). Microwave for approximately 1 minute - 1.5, on high. You want it hot and beginning to froth.
  4. I highly recommend you buy one of these little frothers! I got this one for just a few bucks at IKEA. Use your frother to get some nice thick bubbles in your warm milk. If you don't have one, you can actually just use a straw! It won't be quite the same, but it'll get you close. Pretend you're in kindergarten, and blow some bubbles! 
  5. Pour the milk over the tea, then top with your bubbles. ENJOY!

You can see the pretty green color here... It looks like a Shamrock Shake!

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