It’s the middle of summer, and you need minty matcha iced lattes. Getting your caffeine fix isn’t as easy as turning on the coffee maker anymore, so this recipe is here to rescue you. Matcha, or green tea powder, is a great way to perk up in the morning, and this icy cold drink pairs well with high temperatures and busy schedules. You can whip one up before work, or make one to enjoy after summer classes.

The matcha flavor is subtle enough to still taste like green tea, and the minty simple syrup is fragrant and fresh. The recipe makes extra simple syrup, so make sure to put it in your coffee or a cocktail so you can use it all up. Or make more matcha lattes.

Minty Matcha Iced Lattes

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Medium

    Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon matcha
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Half and half, to taste
Photo by Elise Fegler
Photo by Elise Fegler
  • Step 1

    Make the simple syrup. Bring the sugar and 1/2 cup of the water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.

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    GIF by Elise Fegler
  • Step 2

    Toss in the mint once it starts to boil and turn the heat down so the mixture simmers.

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    GIF by Elise Fegler
  • Step 3

    Remove the syrup from the heat and let cool. The longer you simmer, the thicker your syrup with be.

  • Step 4

    Add the matcha, one cup of water, and the cup the ice in a cocktail shaker or bottle with a lid that won’t leak. I used a Nalgene.

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    GIF by Elise Fegler
  • Step 5

    Shake everything up enthusiastically until it’s completely combined.

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    GIF by Elise Fegler
  • Step 6

    Pour pour the matcha iced tea over a glass.

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    GIF by Elise Fegler
  • Step 7

    Add half and half and simple syrup until it’s as sweet and creamy as you like it.

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    GIF by Elise Fegler
  • Step 8

    Garnish with a bit of extra mint and enjoy.

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    GIF by Elise Fegler