This matcha lemonade is a refreshing, sweet drink made with half matcha tea and half lemonade layered between ice cubes.
LEMON JUICE (FIRST LAYER)
- 3 tablespoons (40 ml) fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)*
- ½ cup (120 ml) water
- 2 tablespoons (25 ml) maple syrup*
- Ice cubes, as much as needed to fill the glass
PURE MATCHA TEA (THIRD LAYER)
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder*
- 3 tablespoons (45 ml) warm water (water temperature around 70°C / 160 °F)
Prepare fresh lemonade. Squeeze the lemonade in a (serving) glass and set aside or chill in the fridge. When ready to make your matcha lemonade add the lemon juice to the glass. This should be the glass where you will serve the matcha lemonade in. Add water and maple syrup to the glass and stir to combine.
Add ice cubes to the glass and set aside.
Over a small bowl, sift the matcha powder with a fine mesh sieve to remove any clumps. To the bowl, add warm water. The water doesn’t have to be boiling water. I like to make matcha tea with a water temperature of 70°C / 160 °F. Whisk vigorously with a matcha bamboo whisk or a regular whisk making Z and M motions. Again, this will prevent there are clumps in your matcha lemonade.
Pour the green matcha tea over the lemonade. Stir to combine.
While fresh is best, you can use store-bought lemon juice instead of freshly squeezed lemon juice. If this contains sugar, you can skip the sweetener in this recipe.
The sweetness of this drink is very personal. Add more sweetener is needed.
Any sweetener will work as an alternative here. Syrup-based sugars are the easiest to dissolve in lemon juice and water.
If you want to use granulated sugar, dissolve it in the water for this recipe in a small saucepan over medium heat; constantly stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely before using.
For a milder matcha flavor, use ½ teaspoon matcha powder.
You can make the lemonade ahead. All you need to do is make the matcha green tea and pour it over your previously made lemonade with ice cubes.
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