If you’ve spent much time around the blog, you probably know how much tea I consume. Coffee for me is an occasional treat; tea is the stuff of everyday sustenance. For most of the year I sip hot tea throughout the day to keep warm, and nibble tea-infused desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth. In the heat of summer, though, turning the oven on to bake sounds like torture and the last thing I want to drink is a steaming mug of anything. So instead of tea I drink…oh, wait, I still drink tea! And lots of it. In fact, I store away some of my favorite teas just for summer, because drinking them cold brings out all their tasty flavors.
Stash’s Organic Matcha Mate is one of those teas. When they came out with this tea – a smooth blend of Japanese matcha, green tea and yerba mate – earlier this year I liked it hot, but knew I’d love it cold come summer. It’s a nice, strong tea for early mornings and lazy afternoons when I need a little caffeine boost, but without the bitter flavor that sometimes accompanies robust teas. I’ve enjoyed it on its own several times, but I think the matcha and mate flavors are at their best in slightly sweetened latte form. I brew the tea hot and strong, then pour it over ice with a generous drizzle of honey and a splash of cold almond milk, resulting in a silky and immensely sippable tea latte that’s made for hot days. The distinct tea flavors come through and, if you ask me, they’re actually made stronger by the dash of sweetness in the latte.
Most of my days lately consist of packing up all our possessions to move to our new house. It’s an exciting yet draining task, especially in the heat. This has been my go-to cold drink while wrapping and taping – it takes just a few minutes to make, but its cooling and energy-boosting effects last much longer. Enjoy!
Matcha Mate Iced Tea Latte
- 2 bags Stash Organic Matcha Mate Tea
- 16 oz. water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2-4 Tbsp honey
Bring the water to a boil and brew the tea for about 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Allow tea to cool for 5 minutes before proceeding.
Add a few ice cubes to each glass, along with 1-2 Tbsp honey for sweetness.
Pour the hot tea over the ice and stir immediately to dissolve the honey. Pour the almond milk into the tea and stir again.
This post was created in partnership with Stash Tea. All opinions are my own.