Today I’m brewing up something special: an iced matcha rose latte.
This drink is not only gorgeous (think Instagram-worthy layers of pink and green), but it’s also surprisingly easy to make.
The delicate floral notes of rose perfectly complement the earthy matcha that creates a flavor that’s both refreshing and calming.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s easy to make: No fancy equipment needed, just a cocktail shaker or a mason jar and a whisk.
- It’s customizable: You can adjust the sweetness, the amount of matcha, and even add other flavors like lavender or vanilla.
- It’s healthy: Matcha is packed with antioxidants and has a calming effect, while rose is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rose hibiscus concentrate: This is a shortcut to getting the beautiful pink color and floral flavor of rose without having to brew your own rose water and hibiscus tea. You can find it at most grocery stores or online.
- Matcha: Choose culinary-grade matcha for this recipe. If you’re new to matcha, start with a lower-priced one.
- Milk: Any type of milk will work, but whole or skim milk will give you the prettiest pink color. Almond or oat milk work too, but the color might be a bit paler.
- Edible rose petals: These are optional, but they add a touch of elegance and make the drink even more Instagrammable.
- Shake, shake, shake! Combine milk and rose hibiscus concentrate in your shaker or bottle and give it a good ol’ whirl.
- Pour the love. Fill a glass with ice and pour in your vibrant pink creation.
- Petal power! Top it off with a sprinkle of edible rose petals.
Matcha Rose Latte
- Double duty. Follow steps 1 and 2 for the rose latte base.
- Matcha time! Rinse out your shaker and whisk together matcha powder and cold water. Shake it like you mean it!
- Layer love. Gently pour the matcha over the rose latte, creating a mesmerizing two-toned masterpiece.
- Petal perfection. Top it off with your rose petals and prepare to be amazed.
Notes & Tips
- If you don’t have a cocktail shaker or mason jar, you can use a blender or even just a whisk and a bowl.
- If your matcha is clumpy, sift it before whisking it with the water.
- You can adjust the sweetness of the drink to your taste. I like to add a little bit of honey or agave nectar.
- For a hot matcha rose latte, simply heat up the milk before adding it to the shaker.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
- Using too much rose hibiscus concentrate can make the drink too tart. Start with 3 tablespoons (for a dark pinkish color). 1 tablespoon should do the job if you are after the rosy taste and don’t care much about the pinkish hue.
- Not whisking the matcha enough can result in clumps. Make sure to whisk it vigorously until it’s frothy.
- Adding too much ice can water down the drink. Use just enough ice to keep it cold.
Storing and Preserving
This drink is best enjoyed fresh, but you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Just be sure to shake it well before you drink it again.
Questions You May Have
1. Can I use regular hibiscus tea instead of rose hibiscus concentrate?
Yes, you can, but the color will not be as pink and the flavor will be slightly different.
2. Can I make this drink without matcha?
Absolutely! The rose latte is delicious on its own.
3. Can I use fresh rose petals?
Absolutely! Just make sure they’re organic and rinse them thoroughly before using.
4. What if I don’t have a shaker or bottle?
No worries! You can whisk the matcha in a bowl and then carefully layer it over the rose latte.
5. Can I make this hot?
Of course! Simply heat the milk before adding the rose hibiscus concentrate and matcha.
Iced Matcha Rose LatteCourse: Drinks
A refreshing and vibrant iced matcha rose latte for one, perfect for a quick and delightful pick-me-up.
- In a cocktail shaker or mason jar, combine the milk, rose hibiscus concentrate, and honey (if using). Shake well until frothy.
- Fill a glass with ice cubes.
- Pour the rose latte into the glass.
- In a separate shaker or jar, whisk together the matcha powder and water until frothy.
- Pour the matcha into the glass on top of the rose latte.
- Garnish with edible rose petals, if desired.
- If you want your latte to be caffeine-free, you can follow step 1 to 3 and enjoy a pretty pink caffeine-free rose latte.
- If you don't have a cocktail shaker or mason jar, you can use a blender or even just a whisk.
- The rose latte will separate a bit as it sits, so just give it a stir before you take each sip.
- If you don't have edible rose petals, you can garnish the latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon or ground cardamom.