This recipe for Iced Hojicha Latte is a non-caffeinated roasted green tea, made with either hojicha tea bags or hojicha powder. It's topped with milk and ice for refreshing anytime drink.
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If you're a long-time reader, you'll know I love the Japanese roasted green tea hojicha.
I may love it more than matcha (shhhh!)
What is hojicha?
Hojicha is a roasted green tea that has a smoky flavour.
It's similar to matcha, but is non-caffeinated.
It's one of my favourite teas, and I talk more about it in my Hojicha Milk Jam Spread.
What does it taste like?
Hojicha has a slightly sweet and smoky taste -- a little nutty, similar to coffee without the bitterness.
Speaking of bitterness, hojicha actually does not contain any caffeine.
If you don't like the taste of matcha, try hojicha.
Ingredients you'll need
It's really simple to make this Iced Hojicha Latte. You'll need:
- hojicha powder: or hojicha tea bags
- milk: of your choice, you can use non-dairy as well
How to make it
Here, we're making a super concentrated hojicha tea to go with the latte since it's iced.
There are two ways to make hojicha tea:
Tea bags: You can find hojicha tea in Asian/Japanese supermarkets, usually as packaged tea bags. It's much easier to find hojicha tea in tea bags.
Simply take 2 hojicha tea bags and pour boiled water over the bags to steep.
Hojicha powder: Hojicha powder can be more difficult to find, but in recent years, it has gained popularity and more shops are carrying hojicha powder.
Hojicha powder is very concentrated so a little bit goes a long way, similar to matcha powder.
Sift the hojicha powder into a mug.
Pour boiled water over the powder and use a whisk to froth up the tea. (You don't have to use a whisk to froth it up, but I like to whisk my hojicha).
Add ice to a glass.
Pour the cooled hojicha tea over the ice, and add in the milk. (You can choose to froth up the milk if you like, or not -- your choice).
Stick a straw in it and enjoy immediately.
Substitutions & variations
If you're feeling super indulgent, try adding some whipped cream to the latte. It's such a treat!
Try an oat milk instead of dairy milk. (It's my go-to drink).
Omit the ice and make it a warm hojicha latte.
Can I make my own hojicha powder?
Unfortunately, grinding the tea leaves in a cofffee grinder will not produce powder that is fine enough, but it's a suitable option if you can't find hojicha powder..
The end result will be gritty. It's best to use a finely ground hojicha powder.
Where can I find hojicha powder?
I get my hojicha powder online.
Other hojicha recipes you may like
If you enjoy hojicha tea, be sure to try out these hojicha recipes:
Let me know if you try out this recipe... I'd love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @siftandsimmer or leave me a comment/rating below.
Iced Hojicha Latte
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- 2 hojicha tea bags
- ¼ C hot water
- 1 teaspoon hojicha powder sifted
- 2 tablespoon hot water
- ½ C milk of your choice or non-dairy alternative
- whipped cream optional
Using brewed tea:
- Brew strong hojicha tea by adding 2 tea bags into ¼ C hot (just boiled) water. Let it steep for a few minutes and remove tea bags. Let the tea cool a bit.
Using hojicha powder:
- Add hojicha powder into 2 tablespoon hot water. Use an electric frother to froth or whisk. Let cool.
- In a mason jar, add in the milk and use an electric frother to create some foam.
- Add ice to a tall glass. Pour in the cooled hojicha tea. Top of the tea with the milk and foam. Garnish with whipped cream (optional).
- Stir and serve immediately.
The nutritional information provided should be considered as approximate and is not guaranteed. Please use your best judgment to ensure food is safely prepared and/or a good fit for your diet.