Häagen-Dazs Japan’s Yuzu Green Tea Float — The best way to make the super-easy matcha summer dessert drink

Before we go any farther, let’s get one thing straight: You give us a scoop of matcha ice cream, and we’re going to be completely happy. Here at Soranews24, we make no secret of our love of green tea, our love of desserts, and, above all, our love of green tea desserts.

And yet, sometimes once we hit up our local convenience store on a dessert run, Häagen-Dazs’s green tea ice cream can feel just a bit of anticlimactic. Häagen-Dazs has kind of brought this upon itself, since while the American ice cream brand with the European-sounding name makes excellent green tea ice cream, they’ve also spoiled us with all forms of deluxe green tea desserts like the Matcha Crumble, the Azuki Kuromitsu Japonais, and the Matcha Creme Brulee. Those are inclined to only be available for a limited time, though, so when the one Häagen-Dazs matcha variety in stock is the plain old green tea ice cream, we’re still completely happy, just not as completely happy as we could be.

So when Häagen-Dazs Japan recently posted a recipe to show an everyday cup of green tea ice cream into a flowery and photogenic dessert drink on their website, they’d our attention, and the Yuzu Green Tea Float had a spot on our sweets-eating schedule calendar.

Let’s start with a take a look at the ingredients. Häagen-Dazs’ recipe is sized for making two glasses, either so you may share with a friend or have one glass for every of your hands.


● Green tea leaves (5 grams or 1 tea bag)

● Water (130 milliliters)

● Yuzucha (60 grams)

● Ice

● Soda water

● Häagen-Dazs Green Tea ice cream (2 mini cup containers)

A fast note: regardless that cha is the Japanese word for “tea,” yuzucha isn’t tea. As an alternative, it’s a paste constructed from yuzu (a form of citrus fruit) and honey, which is then dissolved in water to form a tea-like drink. You’ll find yuzucha on the market in Japanese supermarkets, and sometimes Korean ones too.

Step 1: Using the water, brew the green tea. Using a tea bag or tea leaves are each wonderful, but in the event you’re using loose leaves, you’ll need a strainer too, since we don’t want any leaves to get into the Yuzu Green Tea Float.


Step 2: Once the green tea has cooled, take an empty glass and add the yuzucha (30 grams for one glass).

Step 3: Add a layer of ice on top of the yuzucha.

Step 4: Pour within the green tea (65 milliliters for every glass).

Step 5: Add soda water until you’ve got the extent of carbonation you want best.


Step 6: Add a scoop of Green Tea ice cream to the highest, and also you’re ready.


Whoops. Our first try didn’t come out looking very nice, because the ice cream scoop began to melt away before we even had time to snap an image.

Luckily, as mentioned above, Häagen-Dazs recipe calls for enough ingredients to make two glasses, so we could try again straight away. For our second attempt, we made two adjustments. First, as an alternative of scooping the ice cream directly from the container into the cup, we first scooped it right into a tray and stuck it within the freezer for extra hardness, and in order that we wouldn’t waste time scooping it at room temperature.


Because of these two changes, our second Yuzu Green Tea Float was a thing of beauty, and stayed that way long enough for us to record photographic evidence.


Our taste tester, Aoi Kuroneko, was a bit of skeptical of mixing the wealthy flavor of green tea ice cream with the sharp citrus of yuzu, but found the resulting combination each satisfyingly sweet and refreshingly citrusy. Add in the enticing aroma of yuzu and matcha floating up with the popping of each bubble of the soda water and the attractive color of the drink, and Aoi has no complaints in any respect.

It’s price stating that while the recipe comes from Häagen-Dazs, theoretically it should work with any brand of green tea ice cream. So the following time your local store doesn’t have any deluxe matcha frozen treats (like, say, in the event you don’t live in Japan), but they do not less than have green tea ice cream, keep this recipe in mind. Your taste buds will thanks, and you only might sleep higher too.

Source: Häagen-Dazs

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