Hot summer days are upon us and with it comes the need for more refreshing drinks to cool us down. We'll always have matcha around but if you're looking to switch things up, consider its close cousin, hojicha tea, and enjoy an iced strawberry hojicha latte instead!
How much caffeine is in a strawberry hojicha latte?
A standard serving size of one cup of hojicha (250 ml) contains less than 8mg of caffeine, making it a perfect tea to enjoy anytime of day. To put this into perspective, it’s so low in caffeine, you don’t need to worry about a Hojicha latte causing any anxiety and jitteriness that coffee drinkers often experience.
What is a hojicha latte and what does it taste like?
Hojicha comes from the same green tea plant but goes through a roasting process, giving it a distinctive, smoky, nutty flavor. Like matcha, you can prepare it as a traditional tea by just adding water or with milk and a bit of sweetener for a latte. You can also mix it in smoothies and dessert recipes for added flavor and fun!
Not only is hojicha a delicious and refreshing choice for the season, but it also offers plenty of health benefits. As we mentioned above, hojicha is low in caffeine, making it a great choice for those who are sensitive to caffeine or looking to reduce their intake. It's also high in vitamin C, which can help improve signs of aging and the appearance of dark spots.
We decided to elevate a classic iced hojicha latte and pair it with strawberries. It combines the smoky, nutty notes of hojicha tea with the fruity sweetness of fresh strawberries. So ditch your typical summer drinks and switch to an iced strawberry hojicha latte! It's a new and exciting way to cool down these coming hot summer months.
Ingredients you will need for your strawberry hojicha latte:
- 2 tsp hojicha powder
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 5-6 pieces of fresh strawberries
- honey or maple syrup (optional)
- ice cubes
Here's how to prepare an Iced Hojicha Latte with strawberry:
Wash some fresh strawberries, then slice into cubes. Place in a small bowl and lightly crush. Set it aside.
Prepare hojicha like you do with matcha. Add hojicha powder in a bowl, then pour some hot water. Whisk well until combined.
Grab a glass, and fill the bottom with crushed strawberries. If you like your drink to be sweet, you can drizzle some honey and maple syrup over the strawberries.
Fill the glass with ice.
Pour your choice of milk, then add in the hojicha.
Stir all together, sip, and let your body cool down. Then enjoy your iced strawberry hojicha milk tea!
Step-by-step directions for an Iced Strawberry Hojicha Latte
- Wash, then slice fresh strawberries into cubes. Place in a small bowl and lightly crush. Set aside.
- Add hojicha powder in a bowl, then pour some hot water. Whisk well until combined.
- Grab a glass, and fill the bottom with crushed strawberries. You can add some honey or maple syrup if preferred sweet.
- Add ice until the brim.
- Pour choice of milk, then the hojicha.
- Stir all together, sip, and enjoy!