Not to be too sacrilegious or anything, but my preferred method of drinking green tea is in iced form.
As much respect as I have for the traditional method of preparing Matcha–which is prominently displayed in its most elegant form within the traditional Japanese tea ceremony–but I simply love iced green tea.
Maybe it’s my Southern upbringing, or perhaps it’s the fact that I don’t particularly enjoy drinking warm beverages (I’m weird, I know). But I love no beverage on a warm summer afternoon more than a tall glass of iced Matcha.
A Word About Sweeteners
We’re awash in sweeteners.
People will put sweeteners in almost anything.
So here’s my challenge to you: try your iced Matcha without any sweetener.
Take it straight, smooth and cold.
Try it a few times that way and see if you like it.
How to Make Iced Green Tea
The process of making an iced green tea is actually unbelievably simple.
I hesitate to even bother writing this article, but I know that some people haven’t yet crossed over to realize how easy it is to brew and prepare your own iced tea.
So, here goes:
Heat up some water.
I prefer to have a tall glass of Matcha iced tea when I have it, so I probably heat up 12 ounces of water or more (if I’m feeling particularly frisky).
In a large bowl, prepare a decent amount of Matcha.
If I’m heating 12 ounces of water, I’ll use nearly half a tablespoon of Matcha.
Pour the hot water over your mound of waiting Matcha.
Stir like crazy.
Froth that tea up if you like–it isn’t strictly part of drinking iced green Matcha tea, but froth and Matcha are always up for working in tandem, so it’s really your call.
Once you’ve thoroughly and intensely stirred up your Matcha green tea powder and hot (but not boiling!) water, add some ice cubes.
The first wave of ice cubes will melt away quickly.
So keep stirring, and then add in some more ice cubes until the ice has successfully reduced the temperature of the hot tea.
Pour this mixture into a tall glass.
And that’s it–fresh iced green tea!
Here’s a great green tea recipe book with a ton of interesting green tea drinks that you can serve on a hot summer day.