Iced Matcha Latte

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An easy recipe for making an iced matcha latte at home that’s just like your favorite coffee shop. The matcha is served over ice with milk of choice.

If you love grabbing matcha lattes at your local coffee shop, you are in for a treat with this recipe!

You’ll save so much money making your own iced matcha lattes at home and it will be just as delicious, promise!

Iced Matcha Latte with a metal straw.

What is Matcha?

Let’s start with the basics!! Matcha is finely ground powder of green tea leaves, traditionally consumed in East Asia.

It is super high in antioxidants which help stabilize free radicals that can cause damage to cells and cause chronic disease. Studies have linked matcha to liver protection, cancer prevention and improved heart health. It’s a no brainer addition to your daily routine! (Read more here.)

Matcha started gaining popularity in the U.S. a few years ago and I’m quite certain it is here to stay.

Pouring milk into a glass of ice.
Pouring matcha into a glass of iced milk.
Iced matcha latte in a glass.

How Much Caffeine Does Matcha Have?

The amount of caffeine in matcha varies. It depends on the brand, the freshness, how your prepare it and how much matcha you use!

In general though, matcha has less caffeine than coffee so it makes a great substitution if you’re sensitive to caffeine or just want something with less caffeine to sip on in the afternoon. Coffee tends to give an instant energy boost while matcha gives a more mild, prolonged boost.

Side by side photo of milk, water and matcha measured out. Other photo of matcha being whisked in water.

Iced Matcha Latte Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make a matcha latte at home:

  • hot water – you’ll want your water to be at least 110ºF.
  • matcha powder – look for a high-quality matcha powder that has a bright green color. Ceremonial grade matcha is known to be the highest quality.
  • milk – any milk will work, but I prefer plant-based options like oat or almond milk.
  • sweetener – this is totally optional, but I like to add maple syrup, honey or stevia for a hint of sweetness. Matcha has an earthy flavor so it’s nice to balance some of that with a little sweetness.
  • ice – of course, matcha lattes are often served warm, but for this recipe we’re serving it over ice for the ultimate warm weather drink.
Topping iced matcha latte with whipped cream.

What Kind of Matcha Should I Buy?

There are so many variations of matcha out there these days! I like to look for brands that clearly disclose their sourcing. The matcha should be a bright, vibrant green color. If it is dull or olive/brown in color, it has likely been oxidized.

I recently discovered Golde Pure Matcha and I’m obsessed! It dissolves super well and the flavor is delicious.

Iced matcha latte in a glass topped with whipped cream and a metal straw.

Matcha Latte Variations

Plain matcha lattes are great, but here are some fun ways to get creative with your matcha latte:

Top with whipped cream – get real fancy and add a dollop of whipped cream on top of your iced latte. I’m hooked on coconut whipped cream right now!

Add espresso – I first heard of this when a local coffee shop offered the added caffeine boost! Obviously it adds a little flavor too… so delicious if you want extra caffeine.

Add turmeric – I love the combination of turmeric and matcha (and all the added health benefits of turmeric). To add turmeric, you’ll just dissolve the turmeric powder (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) with your matcha powder in the warm water.

Add cocoa powder – Want a chocolate twist? Just dissolve the cocoa powder (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) with your matcha powder in the warm water.

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Iced Matcha Latte

An easy recipe for making an iced matcha latte just like your favorite coffee shop. Matcha is served over ice with milk of choice.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients  

Blender Option: 

  • 1 ½ teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 ½ cups (12 oz) milk, I prefer oat milk or vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or another liquid sweetener, optional
  • ice, as needed

Whisk Option:

  • ½ cup hot water, at least 110°F
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 cup (8 oz) milk, I prefer oat milk or vanilla almond milk
  • ice, as needed

Instructions 

Blender Option:

  • Add matcha powder, milk and sweetener of choice (if using) into a high-powered blender and blend until all combined and lump free. 
  • Pour blended mixture over ice and enjoy!

Whisk Option:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup hot water and matcha powder until it is smooth and lump free. Place the mixture in the fridge to chill until it is no longer warm to the touch,  about 10 minutes.
  • Fill a glass of your choice with the ice and pour in 1 cup milk and liquid sweetener, if using. 
  • Fill the rest of the glass with the matcha mixture, stir and enjoy. 

Notes

  • Matcha whisk: If you have a matcha whisk, it will make your life much easier – but you can create a smooth matcha mix with a regular wire whisk.
  • Milk: You can use any kind of milk you like: whole, 2%, almond, soy, oat, etc.
  • Sweetness: If you like your drink on the sweeter side, feel free to add a pump of vanilla coffee syrup.
  • Toppings: Whipped cream or steamed milk foam are both delicious toppings if you prefer a bit more richness in your lattes. I’ve been loving coconut whipped cream. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1latte with oat milk | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 101mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drink
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: iced matcha latte
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16 Comments

  1. Just wondering which measurement to use for the Matcha latte using a whisk. For the whisk option, you say use one cup of milk. Later in the recipe, you say to add 12 ounces of milk. Which one should it be 8 or 12 ounces of milk? Thanks

    1. Thanks so much for for the comment. I can see how that was confusing. For the whisk option it should be 8 oz of milk because you’re replacing some of the milk with water. Recipe is updated. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    I have been looking for a good iced Matcha latte recipe for almost a year now. This recipe was absolutely phenomenal. I did add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and it was perfect. It is my new favorite drink ever! I cannot begin to tell you how good this was. Thank you so much for such a great recipe.

    1. Amazing, Jess! I am so excited to Hera that you are loving this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I appreciate it!

    1. Hi Shirley – You only need to use the water if you are using the whisk option. It needs to be not enough to are sure the matcha powder gets smooth and there are no lumps. If you use the blender option, you don’t need to use the hot water. Hope this helps!

  3. 5 stars
    I just made it and I love it but I have a quick question is there such a thing as like over blending it ? What does it mean if tates powdery?

    1. Hi Dhriti – I do not believe over blending is the cause of it tasing powdery. What brand of matcha are you using? I am thinking that may have something to do with it.

  4. 5 stars
    From your Kingwood Texas sis.. Hope you and your family are doing well I just wanted to let you know how much I loved your iced Matcha drink I just made it a few minutes ago because I’ve really gone into our churches café that we have that makes fresh coffee lattes everything including Matcha green tea but I wanted it iced and I made it iced and I’ve been hooked ever since I used oatmeal cake there at the church And I was like there’s got to be a recipe that I can have at home that’s healthy to and I found one on another website but it was good but it wasn’t great and I just made yours and I’m devouring it and loving every bit of it I did the whisk option and I just loved I like having the water in it and I used coconut milk because that’s what I got from the store I will try oatmilk next time because I’m still trying to lose the covid anxiety weight And as well as just about to start menopause.And yes Cassie still loves your French toast recipe

    1. So glad you loved this iced matcha recipe, Lydia! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    1. Hi Kelley! I don’t, we don’t have True Foods in Richmond! It sounds delicious though.

      1. I was wondering I am making boba tea and I’d like to make 2 gallons of matcha in a drink container. how much and how should I go about making such a large amount? thank you.

        1. Hi Andi – A single matcha latte is a 1:1 ratio of matcha powder to liquid. So for 2 gallons, you will need 32 tsp of matcha and 32 cups of milk to make the 2 gallons the you are looking for! Hope this turns out great for you!

  5. will be making this soon both the blender and whisk options for me glad this doesnt have dairy milk as i dont like dairy milk perfect for hot days in Singapore will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya