Make an Iced Matcha Latte Just Like Starbucks Barista

An iced matcha latte can be a delicious treat on a hot day, but they can get quite expensive if you’re ordering one everyday.

That’s why we’re going to show you how to make one that’s just as good as the professionals.

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Let’s get started! 🧊🍃🍵


What is an Iced Matcha latte?

An iced matcha latte is a simple enough concept to understand, it’s made by mixing matcha tea with milk, sweetener and then serving it cold over ice.

Unlike the hot matcha latte, the iced matcha latte is extremely cold, making it the perfect refreshing drink for a warm day.

In the next section, we’re going to show you how to get the best out of your iced matcha latte!


Iced Matcha Latte Ingredients

Before you get started on your iced matcha latte, make sure you have a few key ingredients. Other than the matcha powder, which you can easily find on our website, you should have everything at home already.

Matcha powder

Matcha powder is the key ingredient in making an iced matcha latte. It is a finely ground green tea powder that is packed with antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.

By the way, if you're wondering what matcha powder to avoid using, you might want to read this article 👉 What Matcha Does Starbucks Use? Way Worse than you think


Milk is used to create the creamy texture of an iced matcha latte. Any type of milk can be used, but we really recommend going for a plant based milk like oatmilk, soymilk almond milk or coconut milk. This will improve the flavor and make it so that you can still get the health benefits of the matcha.


A sweetener is used to balance out the bitterness of the matcha powder. Common sweeteners used include honey, agave, maple syrup, or simple syrup. You can experiment with different types of sweetener to see which works best in your matcha latte.  


Ice is added to create a refreshing and chilled drink. It is important to use enough ice to keep the drink cold, but not too much to dilute the flavor. If you really want to take your iced matcha latte to the next level, you can make matcha ice cubes by freezing matcha in an ice cube tray. When these ice cubes melt, they won’t dilute the flavor of the drink.


Optional Add-ins for your iced matcha latte 

There are several optional add-ins that can be used to enhance the flavor of an iced matcha latte. For example, vanilla extract can add a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor. Whipped cream can add a creamy texture and extra sweetness. 

A sprinkle of cinnamon can add warmth and spice. Some people also like to add fruit such as strawberries or blueberries to add a fruity twist to the drink. This is the part where you can really make this recipe your own and experiment with different combinations.

Add some color to your iced matcha latte

If you want to add a little extra color to your iced matcha latte, you can sprinkle in some blue matcha which is made by combining powdered butterfly pea flowers with matcha.


Complete Recipe Below

Now that you have all the ingredients for your iced matcha latte, it’s time to combine them all together. All you need to do is follow these steps and you will soon have the ultimate iced matcha latte.

Preparing the matcha powder: In a small bowl or cup, sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder to ensure there are no clumps. Add 1 tablespoons of hot water and then mix the matcha powder until it forms a smooth paste

Pour in the milk: Pour the heated milk into the matcha paste and mix it up using your whisk until it is thoroughly combined. 

Combining it all: Now that you have the matcha and milk well mixed together, pour it into a cup or glass filled with ice (or matcha ice cubes).

Add sweetener (optional): Add sweetener to taste, stirring until it is fully dissolved. Use more or less sweetener depending on your preference.

Add any optional add-ins (optional): If you want, now is the opportunity to add additional add-ins or garnish. In the next sections, we’ll give you some tips on how you can improve the presentation and taste of your iced matcha latte. 

Tips for achieving the perfect consistency and flavor in your iced matcha latte:

  • Use high-quality matcha powder to ensure you get a rich and vibrant green color and flavor.
  • Make sure you mix well to make sure you create a smooth and foamy texture in your iced matcha latte. 
  • Play around with the amounts of matcha powder and sweetener you use, as you may find you prefer the iced matcha latte to be either stronger or sweeter
  • For an even smoother consistency, strain the matcha mixture through a fine-mesh strainer before pouring it into the glass.
  • Use a spoon to hold back the foam while stirring to ensure an even mixture of matcha and milk.
  • Experiment with different types of milk to find the one that complements the matcha flavor the best!

Serving and Presenting Your Iced Matcha Latte 

How you serve your iced matcha latte can be almost as important as how you make it. This is where you can really get creative and make an iced matcha latte just like starbucks. I used to save starbucks cups and clean them out just so I could present the drink in its exact form, but I don’t expect you to go through all that trouble!

Whipped cream

Top your iced matcha latte with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle some matcha powder on top for an extra touch of indulgence. If you’re used to more of the decadent dessert type lattes at Starbucks, you might want to add this for the additional effect. 

Decorative straw

Serve your iced matcha latte with a fun straw to add some flair and fun to the drink. You can even get a green straw to really get that starbucks effect. 

Matcha powder topping

Dust a little bit of matcha powder on top of the drink before serving to add a pop of color and enhance the matcha flavor. This can be that little extra step that makes your iced matcha latte even more instagram-worthy


What type of glass you serve your iced matcha latte in can make a difference, particularly to the person drinking it. We like to use a nice tall glass or mason jar to really showcase the color and the layers of the drink 


Add a fresh mint leaf or a slice of fruit to the drink for a finishing touch.

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