Matcha and mint are an incredible pairing - this hot drink is refreshing and creamy with the cool crisp tang of mint in every sip.
Why this Recipe Works
Matcha and mint were meant to be together. The cool, crisp flavor of the brewed mint doesn't overpower the matcha green tea flavor. Instead, it enhances the earthy, matcha flavor.
The mint is very soothing. If you are using this drink as a part of your tea ritual, mint is known to be a remedy for some digestive problems.
Ingredients and Substitutions
This recipe only has two ingredients in addition to the optional sweetener:
culinary grade matcha - here is a link to the matcha I use in this recipe. You don't need to use expensive ceremonial grade matcha in this recipe because you are adding other flavors.
mint tea bag - to get the most consistent flavor in this recipe each time I make it, I use one peppermint tea bag per serving instead of using fresh mint.
sweetener (optional) - I do not use sweetener in this recipe, but if you usually enjoy sweetener in your matcha lattes, you will want to add sweetener in this recipe. You can use maple syrup, honey, agave, or your favorite sugar.
If you want to spruce this recipe up during the holiday season, you can add some candy canes to garnish, or soft peppermint candies, my personal favorite.
How to Make a Mint Matcha Latte
You can use 5 different methods to make a matcha latte, and all of them work in this recipe: using a whisk or chasen, a blender, shaking it in a jar with a lid, frothing it with a frother or hand frother. I am going to use a chasen for the matcha and a frother for the milk, but feel free to use your favorite method.
Bring the ¾ cup of milk or non-diary milk just barely to a simmer. Add the sweetener. Froth using a handheld frother. Set aside. Separately, steep 1 peppermint tea bag in ½ cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.
Add 1 tablespoon of the steeped mint tea to the matcha powder in a bowl. Using your metal whisk or bamboo chasen, whisk the matcha and water until the clumps are gone. Add the rest of the mint tea and whisk until frothy in a "W" or "M" shaped pattern.
Top with the frothed milk. Pour over ice if you prefer an iced latte.
If using the blender, jar, or frother method, see instructions here. Simply use the quantities in this recipe and the ½ cup of steeped mint tea instead of water.
Mint Matcha Latte FAQs
Yes, you can add a drop of peppermint oil into your matcha latte, can use fresh steeped mint, or a mint tea bag instead of the water in the matcha.
Both matcha and green tea have a similar earthy, grassy taste. Matcha tends to have a more potent flavor, and instead of steeping the tea, you suspend finely ground tea leaves into liquid by whisking or blending.
More Cozy Lattes
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Matcha Mint Latte
- 1 mint teabag
- ½ cup hot water
- ¾ cup non-dairy milk you can use dairy, too
- 1 teaspoon culinary matcha powder
- sweetener optional
- Bring the ¾ cup of milk or non-diary milk just barely to a simmer. Add the sweetener. Froth using a handheld frother. Set aside. Separately, steep 1 peppermint tea bag in ½ cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the steeped mint tea to the matcha powder in a bowl. Using your metal whisk or bamboo chasen, whisk the matcha and water until the clumps are gone. Add the rest of the mint tea and whisk until frothy in a "W" or "M" shaped pattern.
- Top with the frothed milk. Pour over ice if you prefer an iced latte.
- Syrup like simple syrup or maple syrup
- White sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar
- Honey or agave
- Sugar substitute like Stevia