The Ideal Ratio For A Refreshing Iced Matcha

From its origins as a ceremonial beverage in Japan, matcha has rapidly expanded as a mainstay of cafe menus. Not only is it popular as is, but matcha is also being mixed into anything from cocktails to cheesecakes and gingerbread cookies. Its complex earthy flavor melds seamlessly into many applications. 

Amid all of its forms, it's easy to forget that matcha's flavor shines brightest as a beverage. While mixing with hot water is the most traditional serving method, it also delivers an aromatic flavor as an iced latte. When mixed with milk, matcha sheds some of its more intense notes and instead boasts a creamy, refreshing flavor.

However, to nail such a balance in your latte, it's necessary to mix with a proper ratio. Mix anywhere from 1 to 2 teaspoons of tea per cup of liquid. Take note the exact measurements will vary since not all matcha tastes the same — so adjust both sugar and tea intensity to your preference. Plus, there are more considerations in the process, such as the quantity of milk. Let's dive into the details.

Factors to consider when selecting an iced matcha ratio

While the inclusion of milk is more common for iced matcha, it's not a necessity. Simply mix the teaspoons of matcha with water using a specialized matcha whisk, handheld frother, or cocktail shaker, then serve over ice. Take care to mix thoroughly — matcha doesn't dissolve, but instead creates a suspension. For this reason, it can be handy to sift the tea beforehand. And when using milk, mix the matcha in hot water prior to prevent clumps, and then incorporate.

The precise matcha ratio depends on the sourced tea, preference, and final beverage aim. When employing high-quality ceremonial matcha, consider starting with two spoonfuls and abstaining from a sweetener. The tea's naturally sweet and balanced, hence its more esteemed reputation. Alternatively, when using a culinary grade, err on less matcha, and add sweetener to balance its bitter notes. Experiment with varying ratios until one hits the spot. With matcha's likable flavor, it won't take long to find the ideal cup.