Iced Vanilla Matcha Latte

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This iced vanilla matcha latte is the perfect way to cool down on hot summer days! Smooth and lightly sweetened this homemade matcha latte is full of sweet vanilla bean and earthy matcha flavors. Served over ice this homemade vanilla matcha latte recipe takes only 5 minutes to make!

Side view of iced matcha in a glass with straw.

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Skip Starbucks or even your favorite coffee shop because it’s super easy to make a matcha green tea latte at home! It’s much cheaper and just as rich, creamy, and delicious! Lightly sweetened and made with just 5 simple ingredients this is a healthy matcha latte packed with antioxidants and delicious flavor. 

Woman's hand stirring matcha in a glass.

Diy matcha lattes are my favorite go-to drink. I love to have a warm matcha tea or latte during the cooler months and iced matcha lattes during the warmer weather. This drink gives the perfect amount of caffeine to keep me energized during busy days without leaving me feeling jittery. 

If you are looking for more matcha recipes check out these other delicious favorites – 

Iced Matcha Latte

Strawberry Matcha Latte

Iced Matcha Lemonade

What is matcha?

Overhead image of two matcha powers on spoons.

Matcha is a green tea powder made by finely grinding young green tea leaves. It has a much more vibrant green color and flavor than regular green tea leaves. To achieve that bright color the young tea leaves a shaded from the sun right before they are harvested to increase their chlorophyll production.

Matcha has a light earthy/ grassy flavor with a smooth and light sweetness. There are many amazing health benefits of matcha and its lovely light green color adds a wonderful twist to your favorite baked goods, cookies, ice cream, or teas!

Grades of matcha powder

There are two main grades of matcha powder – ceremonial and culinary matcha. 

Ceremonial matcha vs culinary matcha comparison on spoons.

Ceremonial matcha is the highest grade of matcha. It has the best flavor and the most vibrant green color. This matcha is smooth and bright with wonderful flavor so it’s perfect for drinking! My favorite brands to buy ceremonial-grade matcha from are Matcha Love or Pique Life

I would always recommend using culinary grade for cooking or baking. However, it can still be used for drinking. Just keep in mind that it has a slightly bitter and stronger grassy flavor compared to the ceremonial grade. My favorite brands to buy culinary-grade matcha from as Nativas Organics and Camel

Recipe Ingredients

Vanilla matcha latte ingredients infographic.

Milk – I used raw whole milk but use regular milk, oat milk, or your favorite milk of choice.

Warm water – To make the matcha paste. 110 degrees Fahrenheit or warm to the touch but not hot because we don’t want to burn the matcha powder. 

Matcha powder – Finely ground green tea leaves have a distinctively vibrant green color with an earthy and slightly sweet flavor. Use a high-quality matcha powder for the best flavor. 

Vanilla – Vanilla paste, ½ vanilla bean pod scraped out for the best rich and bold vanilla flavor. You could also use vanilla extract but the flavor won’t be as rich. 

Sweetener – I used cane sugar but maple syrup, brown sugar, or honey would be delicious as well. 

Ice cubes – For serving.

How to Make Vanilla Green Tea Latte:

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

Matcha paste with a bamboo whisk.
Matcha paste in a small bowl.

Step one. In a small bowl add matcha powder and warm water. Using a bamboo whisk mix the mixture together until it is smooth and lump free. Then add the sugar or the sweetener of your choice and vanilla bean paste, stirring to combine. 

Woman's hand pouring milk into a glass.
Woman's hand pouring matcha mixture into glass with milk and ice.
Iced matcha in a glass.

Step two. Fill a large glass halfway with ice, then pour in your milk and matcha mixture. Stir to combine then serve immediately and enjoy!

Woman's hand stirring iced matcha.

Variations

For a vegan latte use oat milk, cashew milk, or almond milk.

Use vanilla matcha powder for an even richer vanilla flavor. 

Add extra sweetener. This green tea latte is lightly sweetened but feel free to add a bit more sweetener if you prefer sweeter lattes. 

Recommended Tools

Bamboo whisk or electric milk frother

Small bowl, to whisk the matcha mixture in.

Large glasses and glass straws, I used this set.

3/4 image of iced matcha in a glass.

Pro Tips

If you are sensitive to caffeine try using ½ teaspoon or ¾ teaspoon of matcha powder instead of the whole teaspoon used in this recipe. While matcha is lower in caffeine than your traditional cup of coffee it can get you going especially if you are a bit more sensitive to caffeinated drinks. 

If your dry matcha powder is a little on the lumpy side, try whisking it with the traditional matcha whisk instead of an electric milk frother. The bamboo whisk helps to better get a smoother matcha paste consistency so you don’t end up with chunks of bitter matcha powder in your drink. 

Make Ahead/ Store

Make ahead. You can make this iced vanilla matcha latte up to 1 day ahead of time. Make the recipe like usual but leave off the ice. Store in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap or a lid then add ice when you are ready to serve. 

Frequently Asked Questions  —

What does a vanilla matcha latte taste like?

It tastes like a light and refreshing green tea latte with a rich and bold vanilla bean flavor. 

Are matcha lattes good for you?

Yes, matcha is known for having many amazing health benefits and a lower amount of caffeine than coffee. It’s an all-natural ingredient that is filled with antioxidants and many essential vitamins and minerals. 

What flavors go best in a matcha latte?

Matcha can pair with many different flavors my favorite are vanilla, strawberry, and lemon. 

What grade matcha should I use for this latte?

It’s best to use ceremonial-grade matcha for lattes or other drinks. It has the best color and flavor without tasting bitter at add. Culinary grade is used for cooking as it doesn’t have the richest flavor or color. 

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Side view of iced matcha latte with vanilla.

Iced Vanilla Matcha Latte

This iced vanilla matcha latte is the perfect way to cool down on hot summer days! Smooth and lightly sweetened this homemade matcha latte is full of sweet vanilla bean and earthy matcha flavors. Served over ice this homemade vanilla matcha latte recipe takes only 5 minutes to make!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Japanese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 186kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl add matcha powder and warm water. Whisk until smooth and bubbly using a bambo whisk in a "W" pattern or electric milk frother.
  • Next add in the cane sugar and vanilla bean paste, stirring to combine.
  • Fill a large glass halfway with ice then pour in the milk and matcha mixture. Stir to combine then serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

All nutrition information is a rough estimate and this recipe card may contain affiliate links.
Make ahead. You can make this vanilla latte up to 1 day ahead of time. Make the recipe like usual but leave off the ice.
Store in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap or a lid then add ice when you are ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 340mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutrition information is automatically generated and should be only used as a rough estimate. This recipe card may contain affiliate links.

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