I’ve made matcha syrup before, but I had never seen a houjicha syrup until recently.
I stumbled upon a Japanese video about it and decided to try it myself.
Here’s the recipe:
- houjicha, 30 gr
- sugar, 200 gr
- water, 250 ml
I decided to make half of that amount to begin with.
First, mix the water and the sugar in a pan.
Then set the flame to high heat and mix so that the sugar dissolves.
Once the liquid is boiling vigorously, change to medium heat and add the houjicha.
Also mix a bit because the houjicha tends to float.
After one minute, turn off the stove and just let rest for 3 minutes.
Finally, use a strainer to separate the tea leaves from the houjicha syrup.
You can press the leaves to get more of the liquid, but don’t do it too hard.
The syrup has a pleasant aroma of roasted green tea.
As a bonus, the video shows the recipe for an iced houjicha latte.
It’s just ice, 30 gr of houjicha syrup, and 100 ml of milk.
I prepared that, and felt that it’s a bit more sweet than I would have liked.
The color is too light, but if I add more houjicha syrup it would be even sweeter.
I saved the syrup on my refrigerator, and enjoyed it the next day.
Before I forget, here’s the video that I saw: