Even though classic lattes are made with coffee, there are tea ones that are worthy of our attention because of their taste, cool looks, and ability to energize us well.
This is why I’m sharing with you a truly delicious Iced Matcha Latte recipe, that’s quite easy to follow.
I will give out some ingredient recommendations and other cool tips on how to make this drink like a pro.
If you’ve tried replicating Starbucks’ Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte, by just mixing some green powder with milk and ice, you’ve most likely realized that the flavor is a bit off.
With my take on this recipe, you will definitely love the results.
When it comes to calories, if you make the non-vegan version with whole milk, your drink will contain 180 kcal. If you go for a vegan one, the calorie count would depend on the type of plant-based milk you use. I use this unsweetened coconut milk and my vegan Iced Matcha green tea Latte contains 100 kcal.
Now that we’ve cleared that out, let’s dive in.
To make an Iced Matcha Latte, you need to use the following ingredients (vegan & non-vegan ingredients are included):
- Ice Cubes.
- Matcha Powder – 1 teaspoon. For this particular Iced Matcha Latte that you see on the photos, I used the culinary Matcha powder by Matcha Organics.
Of course, it’s better to use Japanese ceremonial Matcha, as it has a better taste, brighter neon-green color, and it’s overall more beneficial. Nevertheless, even if you use a lower-grade one, you will love the taste of this latte. And to be honest I doubt that they use ceremonial Matcha at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts (drop me a comment below if you can prove me wrong). So if you’re used to their Matcha’s taste, you will definitely be happy with the drink when made with culinary powder.
In terms of caffeine, 1 teaspoon of the culinary Matcha I use contains around 60 mg of caffeine. For reference, according to the USDA, a shot of espresso contains 63.6 mg of caffeine.
- Water: 1 fl oz (30 ml). Don’t just pour the Matcha powder in the milk. Have it dissolved in water first. 1 fl oz is enough – this is the size of an espresso shot.
By doing so you will be able to add the Matcha tea last on top of the milk and your drink will have this aesthetically pleasing layered green-over-white look.
- Honey / Maple Syrup: 1 tablespoon.
Did you know that the Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte made at Starbucks contains sugar? Therefore you shouldn’t expect your drink to have a similar taste if you don’t add a sweetener.
If you’re making the non-vegan type, I recommend using raw honey instead of pasteurized, because the former usually has more beneficial properties (check out the Woke Lark’s guide on coffee with honey to find out why).
- Lukewarm Milk: 6 fl oz (180 ml). Warm up your milk a bit before you start making your Matcha green tea latte.
I know that this might seem counterintuitive, as you’re making an iced drink. Nevertheless, if you’re using milk that you’ve just taken out of the fridge, the honey or maple syrup won’t dissolve well in it. By using lukewarm milk you make sure the sweetness is evenly distributed throughout the liquid.
This way your iced tea drink will have perfect smooth flavor.
In terms of equipment, to make an Iced Matcha Latte, I only use my drink mixer. It comes in handy when dissolving the culinary Matcha powder in water. I use this battery-operated device quite a lot in my kitchen.
You can check this drink mixer by Zulay on Amazon by clicking here.
You might as well use a sifter to have your Matcha powder run through it, but many people do skip that step when preparing their drink.
How to make an Iced Matcha Latte: Recipe Instructions
To make an Iced Matcha Latte, use the following recipe instructions:
- Add your Matcha Powder to water and mix well.
- Dissolve the honey or maple syrup in milk.
- Pour the milk over ice cubes in a glass
- Pour the Matcha tea over the milk
If you follow these instructions you will end up with a tasty and energizing Iced Matcha Latte, looking like this one:
Of course, you will have to stir it to have the tea and milk mixed together.
I use my metal straw to do the stirring and as you can see the drinks turns velvety green.
Anyway, no matter whether you try to DIY a vegan Matcha latte, or one made with whole milk and honey, if you follow this simple recipe, I’m sure that you’ll be greatly satisfied with your iced refreshing beverage.
You will most likely enjoy it even more than the one made at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. Especially if you use a premium quality Matcha powder.
- 1 teaspoon of Matcha Powder
- 1 fl. oz. (30 milliliters) of water
- 1 tablespoon of Honey or Maple Syrup*
- 6 fl. oz. (180 milliliters) of Lukewarm Milk*
- Ice Cubes
- Add Matcha Powder to Water and mix well.
- Dissolve the Honey or Maple Syrup in Lukewarm milk.
- Pour the sweetened milk over ice cubes in a glass.
- Add the matcha shot on top.
*In case you want to make a vegan iced matcha latte, use maple syrup instead of honey.
*The milk should be lukewarm, because the honey dissolves better when the milk isn't cold. Use unsweetened coconut, almond or another plant-based milk option in case you want your iced latte to be vegan.
*To make sure your drink tastes as good as possible, use filtered or bottled instead of tap water for the matcha shot.
*For this recipe I use culinary grade matcha. In case you want to decrease the amount of caffeine your drink contains, or you prefer a milder matcha flavor, use half a teaspoon of matcha per serving.
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Over to You
Drop me a comment below to let me know whether you like this recipe. I hope that you now know that it’s easy to make a yummy homemade Iced Matcha latte. Not to mention that this green tea drink is quite aesthetically pleasing. Let me know whether you have any questions in the comment section.