Want to make an impressive-but-easy healthy drink to wow your friends? We’ve got you covered. Today we have a refined-sugar-free iced tea recipe for you that’s a lot tastier than a lot of store bought iced teas, and you have total control over how sweet you do (or don’t) want it to be.
This recipe’s star is matcha green tea powder which comes from stone ground whole tea leaves. Its fresh natural flavor is light on the palate. Matcha green tea can taste a bit bitter on its own, but the apple, the mint, and the lime in here help to level that out. Also, lower quality matchas, or ones meant for baking, may also taste more bitter so if you’re having an issue with bitterness, that could be why!
If you’re into green tea for potential health benefits, those are amplified when you use matcha since you’re actually consuming the ground leaves, and using quite a bit more tea per serving.
So a cup of this iced matcha tea will not only look good, taste good but it might also do you good!
Makes 1 quart
- 1 tsp matcha (or a bit more if you really like the matcha flavor!)
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 apple, sliced
- A handful of fresh mint leaves
- 1 quart water
Optional step for added sweetness:
- 1-3 tsp natural maple syrup or any sweetener of your choice
- Pour 1/3 cup of hot water into your matcha powder. Stir thoroughly to dissolve.
- Add the maple syrup or sweetener if desired. Stir well.
- Fill your pitcher with cold water. Make sure you leave space for ice.
- Pour the matcha mixture into the water. Stir well.
- Fill with ice, sliced fruit, mint leaves.
- Stir, serve, and enjoy!
Alternatively, you could add the fruit and mint to the hot water (So add them a bit earlier) for a stronger flavor.
It’s really simple stuff, but isn’t that what its all about? Do you really want to be toiling around on complex recipes when you could be out enjoying the sun? This is so refreshing, and you can prepare it ahead of time, you just might need to give it a quick stir in case any of the matcha has settled on the bottom of the cup.
If you want something with a more subtle flavor of tea, white peony tea is a beautiful choice. You can do this with any type of tea you’d like, just keep in mind that you’ll want to steep it to brew the tea, since you won’t be like ground leaves like you would with matcha.