Warm, bright green traditional matcha ever so slightly melts the cold ice cream with this matcha affogato afternoon pick-me-up. Get ready for a matcha float that's less than 10 minutes away from your enjoyment!
Why this Recipe Works
If you love matcha, love ice cream, love ice cream floats, and need an afternoon pick-me-up, this one is for you.
Using warm instead of hot matcha keeps the ice cream firm but ever-so-slightly melts the ice cream so it lasts until the very last bite.
Using unsweetened matcha powder lets the ice cream serve as the perfect sweetener.
Ice Cream Flavor Suggestions
Use your favorite vanilla ice cream, my vanilla date ice cream, hojicha gelato, or double up with some matcha ice cream! My current favorite is vanilla date, but if I'm out, I'll grab my favorite vanilla.
How to Make this Recipe
Start by making traditional matcha: Add 1 teaspoon of culinary grade matcha powder to a bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of warm or hot water and whisk to remove clumps. Add a cup more of water and whisk until frothy.
Matcha Affogato FAQs
This tea affogato is a spin on an Italian coffee-based dessert. It usually has a scoop of vanilla covered by a shot of hot espresso. This is the tea version of the classic. Both high in caffeine, and both delicious.
For this tea affogato, use culinary grade matcha. It is great for lattes, this affogato, and other desserts.
More Fancy Matcha Drinks
I usually prefer a matcha afternoon treat over happy hour, and here are some of my favorites:
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- 12 oz water hot, not boiling
- 1 tsp matcha powder culinary grade
- 2 scoops ice cream
- Add 1 teaspoon of culinary grade matcha powder to a bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of warm or hot water and whisk to remove clumps. Add a cup more of water and whisk until frothy.
- Add your ice cream to a glass or bowl. Pour the matcha over the ice cream and serve!
This post was originally published in June of 2019 but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, FAQs, and tips in March of 2021.