Monday, September 27, 2010
Iced Green Tea Latte
I've been using up a Starbuck's gift card over the last few weeks and have since then become addicted to their Iced Green Tea Lattes. It felt like I won the lottery the other day when I went through their drivethru, ordered a Grande Iced Green Tea Latte, and they accidentally made me a VERDE (the largest drink they make)! I sipped on it all morning long. It was so good!
Like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and my gift card eventually ran out. No more free Iced Green Tea Lattes for me. :( I continually found my car gravitating towards the Starbuck's drive thru to order another one of my favorite drinks. It was my way of starting off a busy day or treating myself after a long day.
After chatting with my husband one night, we decided to "Google" Iced Green Tea Latte. There had to be a way I could make these fabulous drinks for a fraction of the price. Well, after finding this website and adjusting the recipe just 2 times, I have found a concoction that is oh so close to the actual Starbuck's drink!
The hardest part was finding the Matcha Green Tea powder. I ordered it on Amazon and it arrived at my door 3 days later! Here's the link if you are interested in ordering some:
I was so excited about how good this iced green tea latte was that I made my hubby do a Taste Test! He stopped by Starbuck's on his way home from work one night to pick up their drink while I was at home making my own. I poured each drink into a red plastic cup with a straw and made him close his eyes to taste. His first response, "Wow! These are really close. Both of them are good!" He was able to distinguish mine saying that it was a little more sweet and the green tea flavor was a bit stronger. But the conclusion is...I can now make a really good Iced Green Tea Latte and save $ not only on the drink but also on the gas it took me to drive to Starbuck's! :)
Iced Green Tea Latte
Place 1/2 cup of water into a microwave safe glass bowl and heat until just below the boiling point. (About 1 or 1 1/2 minutes.)
Add two teaspoons Matcha green tea powder to the hot water and whisk thoroughly to dissolve.
Add 2 - 3 T. sugar (more or less depending on your desired level of sweetness) and stir to dissolve.
Set aside and let cool for a few minutes.
Fill a glass with ice and pour the green tea mixture over ice.
Add a 1/2 cup of 2% milk and stir. (I normally use skim; however, I used 2% for the taste test because that's what they use at Starbuck's.)
Insert straw and enjoy!