Strawberry Hojicha Latte – Easy, Delicious, Low-Caffeine
There’s something incredibly delicious to mashed strawberries with milk. And this strawberry hojicha latte is no exception! This unique drink combines the flavors of fresh strawberry and hojicha tea, two of my favorite things. Learn in this post how to make this aromatic and easy recipe at home.
Why you’ll love strawberry hojicha milk tea
What type of tea is hojicha?
Hojicha is a Japanese green tea that has been roasted.
This roasting process gives a darker color and a unique toasty, nutty flavor.
It also has a natural sweetness and is lower in caffeine than other types of tea, making it a great choice for almost everybody.
Hojicha goes also great with milk, which is why it’s often used in latte recipes like this one.
How much caffeine is there in strawberry hojicha latte?
Since the roasting process of hojicha reduces its caffeine content, this milk tea is relatively low in caffeine (around 8 mg caffeine per serving).
Ingredients and alternatives
This is how his latte looks like when you don’t use ice to make layers (it’s also quite lovely, don’t you think?):
How to make strawberry hojicha latte
- Make a concentrated hojicha tea
If using hojicha tea leaves, I use 1 Tbsp. hojicha or 1 hojicha sachet for 5 Tbsp. of water. Steep hojicha in hot water and steep for about 30 seconds to one minute. The strain and let cool aside.
When using hojicha powder, 1 teaspoon for 4 Tbsp. of water is usually a good starting point.
- Prepare the strawberries
Wash them, take the green leafy part at the top and mash them with a muddler or fork.
If you prefer a smooth texture, you may blend them.
Add sweetener of choice.
- Assemble drink
Put in a glass in this order: the sweetened strawberry puree, then (optional) ice cubes, milk and pour the concentrated hojicha on the top.
Enjoy your Strawberry Hojicha Latte!
Strawberry hojicha latte recipe
- 5 Strawberries roughly 50 gr.
- 1 tsp. Xylitol or equivalent, like 1 Tbsp. simple syrup
- ½ cup Milk
- 3-4 Ice cubes (Optional)
- 1 tsp. Hojicha powder
- 4 Tbsp. Water
- Make a hojicha concentrate by mixing the powder with the water.If using hojicha tea leaves or teabags, look at notes *
- Mash the strawberries and let them macerate with the xylitol or sugar for around 10 minutes (you may skip this waiting time if using sweetener in liquid form, like simple syrup or condensed milk)
- Put in the glass the strawberries on the bottom, then add ice cubes (if you want your drink layered), the milk and pour the hojicha concentrate on top. If you don’t mind everything mixed together, you don’t have to add ice cubes nor mind the order.
Steep in hot water for around 30 seconds-1 minutes, strain and set aside to let it cool down (if you want your drink cool).
Here are some other delicious ideas to try:
- Switch the hojicha for matcha for a beautiful strawberry matcha latte
- Skip the tea altogether to make a Korean style strawberry latte
- Use another type of berry
Thank you for sharing the recipe for strawberry hojicha latte. It sounds like a unique and delicious combination that I can’t wait to try!
I’m sure you’ll love it!