Love milk tea? This Strawberries and Cream Matcha milk tea is refreshing, pretty, and a genuine delight to drink. You can prepare a strawberry syrup days ahead and assemble the drink in a couple of minutes.Jump to Recipe
Why Strawberries and Cream Matcha?
Strawberries and cream are a classic. This easy to dessert is an ultimate summer treat and one of the easiest desserts you can make. The liquid version is as delightful, and as easy to make at home. Because of its unique flavour and versatility, matcha is often used for making liquid treats. Matcha contains caffeine and antioxidants, and it's a great alternative to milky caffeinated drinks.
How to choose the best matcha?
To make the best tasting strawberries and cream matcha, use only good quality tea powders. Any grade, including cooking or ceremonial, will be a good choice, but it has to be vibrant and fresh with an intense green colour. Avoid grey powders with a stale or dull scent. You don't need to use the most expensive matcha for making matcha drinks, but they need to be green and fresh.
What is a milk tea?
Milk tea is any tea made with milk, regardless if contains only a tablespoon of milk or milk only. Milk tea is different than tea with milk, which is usually a cup of hot tea served with a splash of milk. However, today, milk tea usually means boba tea, a Taiwanese drink made with tapioca pearls. This milk tea contains both milk and whipping cream, without boba pearls. However, if you want to have a proper boba, you can use a strawberry jelly instead of a syrup as a bottom layer.
Ingredients for making Strawberries and Cream Matcha
Matcha tea – You'll need only ½ teaspoon of matcha tea powder, which is the same amount you'd use for making a bowl of traditional matcha. Pre-sifting matcha is mandatory to prevent lumps and get a beautiful green colour.
Milk – You'll need milk for the matcha layer. Full fat milk is great for milky drinks as it will give more sweetness and a better texture. However, you can use semi-skimmed milk too. Do not add sugar to this layer.
Strawberries – Although fresh fruits will definitely taste better, frozen ones will be great for making a strawberry syrup. Gently wash them over running cold tap water to remove any excess ice and use instead of the fresh ones. The more strawberries you use, the better. However, 50 grams per 150 ml of water will be enough to get a sweet and flavourful syrup.
Whipping cream – Many whipping creams will usually already contain sugar. Read the label before using it. Alternatively, you can single cream (or light cream). Whipping cream will have at least 20% of fat, depending on the brand and the country. On average, it will have around 30%. Single cream contains 19% and double cream almost 50. Single cream will be a great alternative as you will get a more enjoyable texture.
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Strawberries and Cream Matcha Milk Tea
- chasen or electric hand whisk
- Serving glass
- 50 grams of fresh strawberries
- 150 ml of water
- 4 teaspoons of sugar
- 70 ml of water
- 70 ml of milk
- ½ teaspoon of matcha
- 50 ml of whipping cream
- Start by making the strawberry layer. Wash and slice strawberries.
- Add strawberries and 150 ml of water into a small saucepan and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.
- Strain the syrup, add sugar and stir while simmering for a few more minutes.
- Bring water to a boil and let it cool to 85 degrees Celsius. (185 Fahrenheit)
- Sift matcha powder into a small bowl. Add water and whisk it using a chasen or electric hand whisk. Top up with cold milk.
- Pour strawberry syrup into a clean serving glass. Add about 1-2 cm, depending on how sweet you want your drink to be and the size/shape of your glass.
- Add ice. Large cubes will be better than small ones.
- Slowly pour cream over ice.
- Slowly pour matcha tea over ice.
- Serve with a straw.