Affogato means “drowned” in Italian, and it consists of gelatto (or just a normal ice cream nowadays) and espresso.
A modern version of this is the matcha affogato. It’s very fitting because in terms of green tea, matcha is the equivalent of an espresso.
Besides, matcha pairs very well with dairy products such as vanilla ice cream.
All you have to do is prepare a matcha that has a good green color and then add it to a scoop of ice cream. It doesn’t have to be a ceremonial grade matcha.
Of course, a lower grade matcha will be more bitter, but the flavor will be balanced by the sweetness of the ice cream.
While it works with usucha (the most popular way to make a straight matcha), koicha or at least a stronger version of matcha results in a more intense color and flavor.
From what I’ve seen, you can pour the matcha over the ice cream or just around it.
There’s not a correct way of doing it. You can use the amount of ice cream and matcha that you prefer.
As you can see in the pictures, I just poured a serving of koicha over a scoop of ice cream.
It tasted very good. I’m sure that most tea lovers will enjoy this simple recipe.