Culinary art is all about different combinations. The combination of simple elements with tricky ones gives birth to inventively exquisite delicacies, just like green tea and milk.
Every culinary artist likes to experiment with innovations on their canvas, just like milk in green tea or mixing coffee and tea.
Yes! You must be wondering why I used the word “canvas?” I specifically used this word because, for a culinary artist, the kitchen is their canvas where they demonstrate recipes to surprise us. One particular combo is Green Tea and milk.
Surprised? Don’t be. Because here in this article I am going to fetch you guys some information regarding this addition of milk in green tea. Some people must be wondering about this weird duo.
Well! That is the reason why this article was written. Here, I will talk about some aspects of green tea and milk to see whether this amalgamation is worth sipping or not.
Milk In Green Tea: Yes or no?
Imagine yourself standing in your kitchen, holding a green tea and a glass of milk. Your inner creative ember flares and you think of preparing a combination of green tea and milk.
Now, allow me to stop you right there. Because what you are thinking might not be a good idea. I can give you a plethora of reasons as we proceed further, so keep reading on. Few of them are as follows:
- I really would suggest you prepare a combination of tomato ketchup and mayonnaise rather than opting for milk in green tea. It doesn’t matter if you think of using premium quality milk. Whether it is cow milk or goat milk, both will dampen the peculiar health benefits that the green tea encapsulates within. Another thing you would not want is something messing with the quintessential taste of tea.
- Some people would argue what about the matcha lattes? It is another type of green tea. Both the matcha and green tea are obtained from the same plant named Camellia Sinensis. The difference is in the state in which both are used. In the case of matcha, the green tea leaves are ground into a fine powder; on the other hand, the pure green tea has its leaves packed in the form of a teabag.
So, even with the matcha lattes, the idea of milk in green tea will go as a flop one. The beverage, which you will make by adding milk in matcha, would not taste good. It will not taste terrible, to be honest, but it would not be anywhere near the taste of regular matcha or green tea too.
Now let me put forward some more reasons to solidify my stance on not mixing green tea and milk.
Say No To Milk In Green Tea: Plausible Reasons
The list of reasons for not preferring milk in green tea is strong enough to convince you. Green tea is among those beverages which rarely need another element of taste being added to it.
The pureness and aroma of green tea should be enough for a person who is seeking its perfect taste. The nature that the green tea possesses demands purity too, from whoever is going to drink it, i.e., no sugar or other flavorings.
I will not deny the fact that sometimes it is okay to enjoy green tea with a little lemon or jasmine floating in it. Still, it is way more preferable than milk in green tea.
The reason is pretty simple that the addition of lemon or jasmine will neither intervene with the original flavor of green tea nor will it overpower the essence of the beverage.
Cautions for adding Milk in Green Tea:
In the case of milk, I will say that it has an entirely different structure than the brewed tea. Milk is only acceptable with black tea, which is mostly a part of Asian cuisine.
If someone would go to the extent of adding sugar and extra flavorings, then the taste would simply stray far away from the classy taste and true meaning of green tea.
Purity promises pleasure. Rather than going for the combo of green tea and milk. Try ordering a simple green tea when you go to a restaurant.
You will feel a little bit bitter taste on your palate, but you will be enjoying originality. That is what it how it is meant to be enjoyed.
If you still aren’t satisfied with the pure taste of green tea, then there is no need to worry.
Still, some hope is left. There is a surfeit of herbs and spices that can be combined with pure green tea to enhance its taste.
You will be happy to know that none of the previously mentioned elements include milk as an addition.
Everyone is aware of the fact that milk has protein in it. This is where the first problem arises, as the proteins hamper the health benefits which a regular serving of green tea would offer in the milk.
The structure of milk makes the proteins and fats in it tie onto the flavanols of the tea. This makes the medical advantages less articulated. They won’t completely fade; however, they’ll be more vulnerable.
This happens regardless of what sort of dairy you use, be it cow’s milk, or goat, or sheep, or some other creature so far as that is concerned. The fats and proteins in the milk will meddle with the antioxidants.
The first reason was related to the medical aspect. So, the second is related to the real taste of milk. I am already assuming that the addition of milk in the tea will not impress you.
Green tea and milk are like oil in water for me. Green tea is an astringent. An astringent can never amalgamate properly with milk.
The grassy flavor of green tea, as I have already said, is meant to be cherished in its proper form.
But, the acceptable limit of addition can be the addition of herbs and fruits. Even, I tend to add a few herbs before I take a sip of my green tea.
What If Pure Is The Problem?
The taste of pure green tea is a treat. Although some people do not prefer this pureness, they are inclined towards using some green tea blends.
You can pair the green tea up with any kind of flavor; sweet or fruity. Even the flowery green tea will do the job. I sincerely love both, yet if I somehow managed to pick an absolute champ, it’d be the fruity green tea.
There is something in particular about the pineapple that makes everything right. I figured out that usually, citrus fruits would always be a better mixing element with pure green tea.
So, where some additional elements qualify to become a green tea blend, some fail to produce the right blend and taste.
Just like milk in green tea, forget about adding vanilla, caramel, or almond in green tea even though these flavors go exceptionally well with the black tea.
Now, if you want to decide what blends well with pure green tea, then you have your answer; a fruity green tea or a flowery green tea.
If you still aren’t agreeing with me, then the only option you have left in your pocket is milky oolong tea!
3 Substitutes for Dairy Milk:
I have tried to convince you well enough to wipe the thought of milk in green tea away, but I’ll try to be flexible now and present you with some alternatives other than regular milk and green tea combination.
Almond milk. It has that marginally earthy tone to it, and it may very well add an enticing fragrance to your green tea.
On the off chance that you get the improved kind, please remember not to include any more sugar. Green tea is certainly not a sweet beverage all alone.
Rice milk. This I’ve seen has a somewhat salty note to it, alongside a trace of umami. It feels like the ideal ally to an astringent tea if there ever was one as far as milk goes. This one, I would advise you to ensure you get unsweetened.
Cashew milk. Velvety, nutty, and not in every case, simple to stop by. It would be similarly as acceptable in a green tea as the rice milk, however, perhaps this one isn’t for everybody, seeing as cashews can be an allergen to some people.
This option can be the one you might want to give a chance to, as its worth trying (of course not for those who are allergic to it).
So, not every experiment or combination upshots the expected result. As you saw, with the case of green tea and milk.
Throughout the article, you read about the different arguments and reasoning I provided to prove that milk in green tea is not a good idea.
To support my stance, I explained from the medical and tasting point of view. Even then, if some of you still like to accompany the pure green tea with an additional element, then I provided you some alternatives.
Those alternatives which not only will support the original essence and flavor of green tea but also not perturb the medical benefits of green tea.
Now you decide whether you want to add milk in green tea or not!
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