Enjoy this Sparkling Iced Apple Matcha on hot days as an energizing refreshment. You don't have to make a matcha latte to enjoy an iced matcha drink.
I'll be the first to admit and agree that matcha is an acquired taste. I've tried it many times over that last 10 years and didn't start to really enjoy it until this year. What is different this year is that I've started drinking regular green tea with fresh mint leaves almost every day for the last 6 months. Mostly for the antioxidants and other health benefits. And I believe this exposure to green tea flavor did the trick. When I tried matcha again a month ago I really liked it.
And then I remembered a couple years ago someone replied to an Instagram story advising me to try Matcha either with warm apple cider or cold with apple juice and sparkling water. I gave the cold version a try and was instantly hooked. Especially during these hot summer mornings we currently have, this sparkling apple matcha is a perfect refreshing and energizing iced drink without the jitters that iced coffee usually gives me.
Apple juice or apple cider is the key in this beverage. It gives earthy matcha a sweet and fruity balance that even matcha newbies enjoy.
- Matcha green tea powder - I use these convenient Pique tea individual pouches
- Hot water - not boiling; ideal Matcha temperature is 140-150°F/60-65°C
- Ice - enough to fill a tall glass
- Apple juice - clarified or unfiltered apple juice or apple cider
- Sparkling water - any kind
See recipe card for quantities.
Here is how I prepare this great-tasting matcha.
Make a concentrated matcha shot combining hot water and matcha powder
Fill your glass with ice and half apple juice
Fill the other half with sparkling water
Now top with the matcha shot and stir to combine everything
Hint: Pique Sun Goddess Matcha is also suitable for cold brewing. So to dirty one less glass, you can whisk the matcha powder directly with the liquid of the apple juice before adding ice and sparkling water.
Other fruit juices, nectars, or purees can also be combined with matcha. Try:
- Mango Juice
- Fresh blueberries muddled in the glass before adding sparkling water + matcha
- Strawberry puree
To make the matcha shot and fully combine the matcha tea powder with the small amount of water a whisking tool is highly recommended. Use either a traditional bamboo matcha whisk.
I use an electric frother that came with my Pique tea matcha set.
Or if you have a Nespresso steamer, that works well too.
Be sure to consume the sparkling apple matcha soon after preparation. Otherwise the sparkling water will soon go flat.
Adjust the ratios to your personal preference. Want a lighter matcha flavor? Use more sparkling water. Prefer more sweetness/fruitiness? Use more apple juice!
Most definitely! The fruity sweet apple flavor nicely balances the earthy matcha flavor.
In this case here it is an iced matcha beverage prepared with apple juice and sparkling water, ice and matcha powder.
Absolutely! Give this recipe a try. Even people not loving matcha yet enjoy this apple juice iced matcha.
You can read more about Pique tea and my review of their other flavors HERE.
Looking for other drink recipes like this? Try these:
Sparkling Iced Apple Matcha
- 1 teaspoon ceremonial grade matcha powder I use Pique tea
- 1 ounce hot water not boiling, 140-150°F/60-65°C
- 4-6 ounces apple juice or apple cider (½ - ¾ cup)
- 4-6 ounces sparkling water ½ - ¾ cup
- 1 cup ice cubes to fill a tall glass
- Make a matcha shot by dissolving 1 teaspoon of ceremonial grade matcha powder in 1 ounce of hot (not boiling) water. Use a whisk, frothing wand, or milk foamer to thoroughly blend the water and matcha.
- Then set aside to cool while preparing the rest of the drink.
- To a large tall glass (16-20 oz) add ice cubes, apple juice or apple cider, and sparkling water. Use about 4-6 ounces (½-3/4 cup) each.
- Pour the matcha shot over top to complete the sparkling apple matcha drink. Use a long cocktail spoon or straw to stir the liquids to combine.
- Taste and adjust to personal preference. Add more sparkling water for extra fizz or more juice to make a sweeter beverage.
- Enjoy soon after preparing.