Iced Matcha Latte Recipe

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This iced matcha latte recipe is easy and delicious. Made with simple ingredients, this homemade latte features matcha green tea powder, cold milk, and plenty of ice. It is lightly sweetened and tastes just like your favorite local coffee shop but at a fraction of the price!

It’s a creamy and refreshing drink perfect for warm days, matcha lovers, or if you are needing a productive boost mid-day! 

Close up on iced matcha latte in a mason jar.

I’m always reaching for matcha. Whether it’s a hot tea, a matcha lemonade, a warm matcha latte, or this iced version. I’m not a fan of coffee and matcha is a great alternative, because not only does it taste amazing but it doesn’t leave you with caffeine jitters. 

This delicious matcha latte is healthier than Starbucks because it contains 4 simple ingredients. You can customize it based on your preferences and it has much less caffeine and sugar compared to most coffee shop drinks. 

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Key Ingredients in this homemade iced matcha latte

Overhead image of matcha latte ingredients on a table.

Matcha powder – used ceremonial grade matcha powder for the best flavor.

Cane sugaryou can use maple syrup, a touch of honey, or the sweetener of your choice instead.

Cold milk – I used regular whole milk but you could use oat milk, almond milk, or coconut milk instead!

Warm water – To mix with matcha powder.

Ice cubes – used for serving.

What is Matcha?

Ceremonial and culinary matches on spoons.

Matcha is made by grinding green tea leaves into a fine powder. In order to achieve that bright green color, the leaves are shaded from the sun right before they are harvested to increase their chlorophyll content producing that vibrant color. 

Because matcha is so popular it has been used in many recipes such as cookies, ice cream, teas, and lattes- giving everything a lovely color and light earthy flavor. 

Matcha is also known for its health benefits – it’s full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  Because it has a lower amount of caffeine than coffee, matcha is often a great coffee alternative. It gives an energizing boost without overstimulating you.

More helpful resources and research on the benefits of matcha powder can be found by Dr. Axe “Matcha Green Tea” and from Matcha.com “Matcha Health Benefits”.

Grades of Matcha

The key to the perfect iced matcha latte is using good-quality matcha powder. There are two types of matcha powder to look out for – culinary grade matcha and ceremonial grade matcha.

Culinary has a dull almost brownish-green color. It has a slightly bitter and very earthy flavor. This grade is used mostly for cooking and baking. 

Ceremonial matcha, on the other hand, has a bright vibrant green color. It has a smooth bright and slightly grassy flavor. This grade is the one you want to use for drinking. 

Ceremonial matcha vs culinary matcha comparison on spoons.

Buying Matcha Powder

If you are new to matcha here are a few things to keep in mind. 

  • Culinary grade is cheaper and ceremonial is more expensive.

Because culinary is slightly lesser quality it is mostly used in baking and cooking or where you won’t really taste its earthy flavor. Ceremonial is more expensive because it is of higher quality and with better color and flavor. It’s best for drinking and well worth the hype!

  • The quality of the brand can affect the taste of your matcha

I’ve been drinking matcha for several years now and have tried many different brands from both grades. Make sure you are getting your green tea powder from a reputable brand, ideally, it should be organic, Non-GMO, and sourced in Japan. 

Here are a few of my favorites: 

Culinary favorites: Natives Organics, Camel

Ceremonial favorites: Matcha Love, and Pique Life

How to Make this homemade iced matcha latte recipe

All ingredients, measurements, and instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Matcha powder in a small bowl.
Matcha with water in a small bowl.
Woman whisking matcha powder and water with an electric whisk.

Step one: In a small bowl combine matcha powder with warm water. Whisk with either a bamboo whisk in an “M” motion or using a milk frother until smooth and frothy. I like to whisk the matcha with a bit of warm water to help avoid lumps.

Side view of pouring sugar into small bowl with matcha paste.

Step two: Add in the cane sugar then whisk until dissolved. 

Side view of a mason jar filled with ice. Woman's hand holding matcha bowl over jar.

Step three: Fill a pint-sized mason jar with ice.

Side view of matcha mixture poured into mason jar with ice.

Step five: Pour the matcha mixture into the glass.

Side view of milk pouring into mason jar with matcha and ice.

Step six: Add your milk of choice. Stir and enjoy!

Helpful tips and variations

  • The easiest way to ensure you don’t have any clumps of matcha powder in your drink is to whisk it with a little bit of warm water. The temperature should be between 110 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s too hot it can affect the taste of the matcha.
  • If you are using sweetened milk omit the sugar from this recipe.
  • Feel free to add 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract for a different flavor.
  • The amount of sweetener used is totally up to personal preference. This tea latte is lightly sweetened so feel free to add more sugar if you like!

Storage and make-ahead tips

  • You can make this homemade matcha latte up to 24 hours ahead of time. Make the recipe like usual then add the ice when you are ready to serve it.

Recommended tools

Bamboo Matcha whisk

Matcha bowl (Similar)

Electric milk frother

Frequently asked questions  —

Is matcha healthier than coffee?

Matcha green tea is a great coffee alternative because it contains about half the amount of caffeine in coffee. It is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It is also known for giving energy without caffeine jitters while simultaneously having a calming effect. 

What is an iced matcha latte made of?

This iced tea latte is made of matcha green tea powder, milk, and sweetener and served over ice. 

What does it taste like?

This green tea latte is creamy with a slightly earthy taste and a hint of sweetness!

Is matcha latte sweet or bitter?

This will depend on the type of matcha and how much sweetener you are using. You can add as much sweeter as you like and a lower-quality matcha powder will make your latte taste bitter. Use ceremonial-grade matcha for the best flavor!

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Matcha tea and milk and ice in a mason jar

Iced Matcha latte

An Iced Matcha Latte is great on warm days. A delicious and refreshing beverage that can give you a bit of caffeine without the caffeine jitters. It is perfect for matcha lovers and if you need an extra productive boost mid-day. 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese / American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Tonya | The Midwest Kitchen Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cane sugar
  • 6 ounces milk of your choice cold
  • Ice for serving

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl add matcha powder and warm water. Using a bamboo whisk in an "M" pattern or electric milk frother whisk until combined and frothy. 
  • Add in sugar and whisk until dissolved. 
  • Fill a pint-sized mason jar or cup with ice, and pour in the matcha mixture and the milk of your choice.
  • Stir and enjoy!

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