Thursday, October 2, 2014
Matcha (抹茶) is finely grounded or powdered green tea leaves. It’s popular in the Japanese tea ceremony but usually served hot. It’s also used to flavor different kind of treats, such as Matcha Ice Cream and Matcha Mochi (<----Chick on the names to see the recipes that I have shared in the past). There’s a Japanese plaza closed to my neighborhood that serves Iced Matcha. I love the rich and slightly bitterness of Matcha and the iced version is just so refreshing and really hit the spot with the soaring Southern California temperature, in early October!
This is the traditional bamboo whisk (chasen) used for Matcha. It’s the perfect tool to get rid of the lumps while preparing hot or cold Matcha. You can get one by clicking here online. If you don’t have one, you can also use a regular small whisk for the job. I love this bamboo whisk! Not only it works well, it’s simply an art of itself. Check out the details in the picture below.
This Iced Matcha is a cinch to make. If you love green tea or matcha, you've got to give this recipe a try. It’s super refreshing, slightly sweeten, and perfectly delicious. Of course, it's packed with antioxidant as well.
Here’s how I made it!
1) In a small bowl, or tea bowl (chawan 茶碗), whisk together the matcha powder and warm water until smooth and no lumps.
2) Stir in agave until well combined.
3) Place ice in 2 tall glasses and evenly divided the matcha mixture.
4) Fill up the glasses with ice water, stir well and enjoy!
Super easy, isn't it? Yes, I finished the whole glass in no time! My little treat after the photo shoot for sure!
I hope you enjoy today’s post and recipe. Do you like Matcha? Or are you more of a coffee person? Please leave a comment below. I can’t wait to hear from you! P.S. I personally love coffee in the morning, but drink tea throughout the day. I can definitely drink this Iced Matcha all day long.
Props and Tools used in this post:
Matcha Powder (Click here for more information)
Bamboo Whisk (Click here for more information)
Chawan Tea Bowl (Click here for similar product)
Red Paper Straws (Click here for more information)
Shoji Paper Window Blinds backdrop (Click here to see product information)
Natural Bark Serving Board (Click here for similar product)
Makes: 2 (12 ounce glasses)
2 teaspoon Matcha powder
1/4 cup warm water
2 tablespoons agave
1 cup of ice
In a small bowl, or tea bowl (chawan 茶碗), whisk together the matcha powder and warm water until smooth and no lumps. Stir in agave until well combined.
Place ice in 2 tall glasses and evenly divided the matcha mixture. Fill up the glasses with ice water, stir well and enjoy!