Ginger Mint Matcha Latté is calming, energizing, full of health benefits, and an excellent way to start the day or make it through a long afternoon. It’s also anti-inflammatory and excellent for digestion. Blend it up and give it a try!
Creamy, nourishing, energizing, and full of zen-like benefits, this Ginger Mint Matcha Latté is my absolute go-to favorite matcha green tea recipe.
I’ve been drinking matcha in some form for the last 4 years and it has been such a fun way to enhance my wellness routine. I actually started out consuming matcha in smoothies, for the most part, mainly because I found I liked it better that way when I was first beginning to use it. However, after some time, I started learning to love hot matcha lattés and have since been toying around with all sorts of ways to make them to find my favorite blend.
What is matcha?
In case you’re still not familiar with matcha, it’s basically unprocessed green tea in its whole leaf form, however, it’s ground into a powder. This makes matcha unique because when you consume it, you’re consuming the entire leaf form of unadulterated matcha. Matcha is FULL of health benefits including amino acids, alkalizing chlorophyll which makes it bright green in color, it’s full of antioxidants, and so much more.
The brighter green the matcha, the more benefits it has and the better quality it is, simply because the green color denotes the processing extents. So keep that in mind when you shop for your matcha! I also buy all of my green tea from Japan, including matcha, and typically I only buy 1st or 2nd harvest matcha which are the highest-quality varieties of matcha you can buy.
Matcha is one of my favorite foods for mellowing out and calming down my stomach when I get anxious and stressed or just need a pick-me-up that’s not from a second dose of coffee for the day. I don’t consume matcha daily, but I do consume it about 4-5 times a week, normally in the late afternoon. Although matcha has caffeine, I don’t find it keeps me awake. Matcha is extremely calming to the body, so I find it works great for me late afternoon, as long as I don’t drink it right before bed.
I’m love this Ginger Mint Matcha Latté because it’s bright, peppy, calming, and so comforting. It’s definitely my go-to recipe and has been for quite some time. This recipe helps calm frayed nerves, aids in focus, improves digestion, and really quells inflammation.
I like to blend my matcha recipes in the blender whether I’m using matcha in a smoothie or a hot latté, although matcha is typically prepared with a whisk to mix it up (you can also use an electric frother). I am funny about textures, though, so I prefer my matcha really well blended and extra creamy. A high-speed blender helps accomplish this task in no time!
Speaking of which, I find that of all the popular matcha latté recipes all over the internet, everyone has their own favorite versions. Some are similar, some are quite different, but almost all of them have a unique twist—and I think that’s great! Just like fruits and veggies, all of us are free to explore different ways to consume beneficial foods for our body. Just because one way doesn’t suit your fancy, doesn’t mean you have to give up! That’s been the case with matcha for me. I’ve tried all sorts of ways to use it and now have my favorite options.
And today’s recipe for this Ginger Mint Matcha Latté is my latest favorite! Featuring simple ingredients that are blended in the blender, this recipe gets whirled around and frothed up so it’s super creamy and frothy in texture. This recipe reminds me of a café style latté but much healthier. It’s free of dairy, added sugar, and made with simple, natural ingredients.
Here’s what’s in my Ginger Mint Matcha Latté:
Non-dairy milk and water – I don’t like extra rich latté recipes, so I mix half water with half non-dairy milk. I prefer using light soy milk (I love Silk brand) or unsweetened soy milk in latté recipes. Soy milk is one of my other favorite calming foods since it’s full of amino acids and protein. Almond, cashew, rice, hemp, or coconut milk can also be used here. Cow’s milk should not be used here, not only because it’s not vegan but because it’s inflammatory and contains components that negate the antioxidant’s benefits in the tea.
Ginger root (or powder) – Ginger root is full of anti-inflammatory benefits and is wonderful to consume as a digestive aid. Ginger also adds a peppy flavor that awakens the body and helps improve blood flow. You can use fresh ginger root if you have a high-speed blender or use ginger powder (my recipe directions give options for both).
Mint – Mint is also excellent for digestive benefits and wonderful for relieving everything from headaches to stomach upsets and more. I like to use pure peppermint essential oil (just a tiny drop) in many of my recipes including my smoothie recipes, in my coffee blended with cacao, and in my matcha lattés. You could also use fresh mint in your matcha latté; I just prefer the drops.
Dash of Pure Stevia – I prefer the taste of pure organic stevia extract in my tea (and coffee) recipes versus natural sweeteners. Something about the herbal component of stevia in tea and coffee just works for me and I love it! So for me, stevia always goes in my matcha recipes. You can use another natural sweetener if you prefer, however. I also like stevia because it doesn’t mess with my blood sugar and isn’t artificial, however, I definitely recommend using pure stevia without fillers if you choose to do the same.
Encha Matcha – New to me, Encha is definitely the best brand of matcha I’ve ever used and I thought I already had a favorite! Encha was introduced to me by Kathy from Healthy Happy Life, and I actually have her to thank for introducing me to matcha in the first place! Check out Kathy’s blog for more tips and facts on matcha because she has a ton of recipes and tips that I could never do justice here due to her expertise on the subject.
Encha’s matcha is truly the highest quality matcha I’ve found and tried. It’s the brightest matcha I’ve ever seen and has an excellent herbal, grassy, slightly nutty flavor. I love it!
Encha’s farmer and founder use high-quality leaves from the 1st harvest of their farm in Japan as Latte-grade Encha, which is ceremonial grade matcha in a latté version, something extremely unique due to its high quality. Actually, Encha is the only brand that offers a latte grade using 1st-harvest organic matcha. So this all means that your matcha latte will be smoother, greener and not bitter!
Learn more about Encha and different grades of matcha here.
Where to Find Encha Matcha:
You can buy Encha online at Amazon and choose different varieties to see which ones you like the best. I typically only use 1st or 2nd grade harvest matcha since I drink my matcha (versus culinary matcha which is best for baking and cooking). Today I’m using Encha’s 1st harvest matcha which is my go-to favorite that they make! You can also buy starter matcha kits from matcha online to see which ones you’d like to try first.
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I hope you love this recipe as much as I do if you decide to try it.
Now, let’s make my Ginger Mint Matcha Latté!
- ½ cup unsweetened or light non-dairy milk ( like light soy milk or unsweetened soy milk in my matcha)
- ½ cup hot water
- 1 tsp. organic matcha powder (or more if you prefer) - I used Encha matcha
- pinch of ginger powder or ¼ inch fresh ginger root
- a tiny drop of peppermint oil/extract (not too much!)
- ⅛ tsp. pure stevia extract (or a tiny dash, your call)
- optional: fresh lemon juice (I like to add this at the end)
- Bring the hot water and non-dairy milk to just below boiling temperature on the stove in a small pot. I just turn off the heat when it starts forming a few bubbles and it's usually the perfect temp.
- Pour the mixture into a blender (careful!) and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend for 10 seconds until frothy and pour into your favorite mug. I like a tall, heavy, sturdy mug as shown in the photos! 🙂
- Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice if you like. I find the lemon helps set the recipe off, but it's optional.
*Other non-dairy milk options include almond, rice, cashew, or coconut. (Don't use cow's milk here as it negates the benefits of this recipe.)
*If you don't like stevia, use a tad of your favorite sweetener instead and adjust as needed.
Have you ever had matcha? If so, what’s your favorite way to use it?
*This is not a sponsored post, just me sharing a brand and product with you that I happen to love! Thank you to Encha for sharing your matcha with us all and for partnering with me in this post!*