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30 Semi-Healthy Days – Day 11: Citrus Green Tea Latte

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Starbucks recently came out with a citrus green tea latte, and it has turned into an addiction for me. It is the strangest thing because I have never really liked green tea all that much, and I usually go straight for the mochas and vanilla lattes at coffee shops. The first time I ordered it, I could not decide how I felt about it. It was kind of good but also kind of weird because of the strong matcha flavour. I was not even sure what matcha is until I looked it up – turns out it’s just a specific kind of green tea leaf that is ground into a powder. The flavor of the latte was bright, and you could definitely pick up the citrus flavour so colour me intrigued after that first order. Then I started ordering it more and more just to try to solve the mystery of whether I actually liked it or not. Somewhere along the way, it turned into my favourite thing ever, and now I am going broke because I buy so many of them. I decided that it was time to take drastic measures to save my finances and learn how to make it at home.

I am pleased to say that this recipe was super successful! I had a first attempt that just used lemon zest and lemon juice, and it turned out WAY too sour and just not right at all. Then I paid more attention to my morning latte from Starbucks the other day and noticed that there was a flavour there that I had been missing all along – mint! Who knew that there was mint in a citrus green tea latte. I decided to try making it again, this time using some mint and making a lemon and mint simple syrup to try to mirror the syrup that they use at the coffee shop. This recipe is a total winner. It exactly like the one from Starbucks, and I even figured out how to foam milk in the microwave through a little thing called Google. 

Fill mason jar about halfway with nonfat milk (can use coconut or almond milk as well). Seal the jar and shake it really hard for about 30 seconds (you will feel like a crazy person and like your arms are on fire). 

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Remove the lid and put the jar in the microwave for 30 seconds. You will now have perfect foam for your latte!

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Citrus Green Tea Latte
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 lemon peels (I used the peel from half of a lemon)
3 fresh mint leaves
1 teaspoon green tea matcha powder
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup nonfat milk

Combine the water, sugar, lemon peel and mint in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking until sugar is dissolved.

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Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Combine the matcha powder, hot water (make sure the water is super hot since your milk won’t be heated up too much) and 2 teaspoons citrus mint simple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet you like it) in a mug. Reserve the rest of the simple syrup for future lattes!

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Froth the milk using the method described above (put in mason jar, shake for 30 seconds and microwave for 30 seconds).

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Save the foam at the top of the mason jar and add the rest of the milk to the tea, stirring to combine. Top with the reserved foam.

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30 Semi-Healthy Days - Day 11: Citrus Green Tea Latte
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 lemon peels (I used the peel from half of a lemon)
  • 3 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon green tea matcha powder
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
Instructions
  1. Combine the water, sugar, lemon peel and mint in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Combine the matcha powder, hot water (make sure the water is super hot since your milk won't be heated up too much) and 2 teaspoons citrus mint simple syrup (more or less depending on how sweet you like it) in a mug. Reserve the rest of the simple syrup for future lattes!
  4. Froth the milk using the method described above (put in mason jar, shake for 30 seconds and microwave for 30 seconds).
  5. Save the foam at the top of the mason jar and add the rest of the milk to the tea, stirring to combine. Top with the reserved foam.

 

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