Easy Iced Matcha Latte

This easy iced matcha latte is the perfect summer beverage for those who love green tea! This post outlines how to make this coffeehouse favorite at home, with lots of tips for success.

A tall glass filled with an iced matcha latte with swirls of milk throughout. Surrounded by a spoon filled with matcha powder, a bamboo whisk, and a green linen.

Do you have a favorite summer coffeehouse drink? Next to cold brew coffee, an iced matcha latte is my go-to summer drink.

I’ve also learned that making your own at home is a breeze and a great way to save some money. I could call this a copycat Starbucks matcha green tea latte…but honestly, this is SO MUCH BETTER than theirs. By a landslide.

This iced matcha latte recipe is creamy, refreshing, and very enjoyable to sip on. A great way to start the day or enjoy a midday pick-me-up!

WHAT IS MATCHA?

In simplest terms, matcha is a variety of green tea. However, it is grown and processed differently than standard green teas resulting in a tea powder that has a unique nutrient profile, a lot of antioxidants, and more caffeine than a typical green tea. It is often boasted to have a wide variety of health benefits as well.

TELL ME ABOUT MAKING THIS ICED MATCHA LATTE RECIPE

Level of difficulty: Easy.

Flavor: A strong green tea flavor mixed with the creaminess of your milk of choice.

Time: It will take you less than 3 minutes to mix up your iced matcha green tea latte

Another view of a glass filled with an iced matcha latte with a straw. Includes a spoon of matcha powder, a small container of matcha powder, a bamboo whisk, and a green linen.

INGREDIENTS FOR AN ICED MATCHA LATTE

Matcha Powder: the key ingredient for this summertime favorite. Selecting a high quality matcha powder makes a big difference in your matcha lattes!

A Dash of Water: to help dissolve your matcha powder.

Milk of Choice: I personally use 2% or whole cows milk for my iced matcha lattes. However, if dairy is not a part of your diet, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk are all great choices.

Ice: enough to top your glass.

Optional – Sweetener: simple syrup or agave syrup are both great options if you’d like to add a little extra sweetness to your drink.

Optional – Flavoring: an easy option is adding a splash of vanilla extract to your iced matcha latte for a little extra fun, since this is a standard pantry item for most people.

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE AN ICED MATCHA LATTE

  1. Place your matcha powder and a small amount of water in your glass. Whisk until the matcha has dissolved. I’ve learned that using my handheld frother makes this process so much easier and does an awesome job at getting rid of any clumps of matcha that sometimes like to hang around!
  2. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Top with milk of choice. Option to add sweetener and/or flavoring here too.
  4. Give it a stir, sip, and enjoy!
Top down view of an iced matcha latte.

See a quick story series on this easy iced matcha latte recipe here!

LET’S TALK ABOUT WHISKING MATCHA

Whisking matcha is an integral part of any matcha drink recipe. Since matcha is a fine powder, it cannot be steeped like other teas. Thoroughly whisking your matcha powder suspends the powder in the liquid and helps to avoid a chalky and clumpy drink.

There are multiple ways to whisk matcha, with my personal favorite way using a handheld frother because it’s so easy and convenient. A bamboo whisk is the traditional tool used for whisking matcha. If you do not have either of these, you can use a regular whisk too (however I’ve found it more difficult to get all of the clumps out with this method).

tool options for whisking matcha powder. this includes a handheld frother, a mini whisk, and a bamboo whisk.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAKING THIS EASY ICED MATCHA LATTE

What kind of matcha should I use? I highly recommend using a ceremonial grade matcha for this iced matcha latte recipe. Ceremonial grade matcha is smoother and generally has a less earthy taste as compared to other grades, making it more enjoyable to drink! This matcha powder is what I’ve been using recently, and I LOVE it. As compared to other highly rated ceremonial matcha powders, it’s a pretty cost effective option and it tastes good.

How do I avoid having those clumps of matcha in my drink? Making sure you thoroughly whisk your matcha powder with a small amount of water before preparing your full drink is key! I’ve found using a bamboo whisk or my handheld frother are the best ways to do this. If you do not have either, you can use a regular whisk too (I just haven’t had as good of luck getting all the clumps out with this method).

Can I add fun flavorings to my iced matcha latte? Of course! My go-to is using a little vanilla extract for a vanilla iced matcha latte (because it’s something I always have in my pantry). Coconut is another flavor that pairs well with matcha. I know some people like to buy the coffeehouse flavor syrups for use at home, and if that’s your jam, the possibilities are endless!

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tall glass filled with an iced matcha latte with a glass straw. the glass sits on a wooden board with a green linen behind it.

Easy Iced Matcha Latte

Meredith
This iced matcha latte recipe is creamy, refreshing, and very enjoyable to sip on. A great way to start the day or enjoy a midday pick-me-up!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1-2 tablespoon water
  • ice
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • optional: ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavoring
  • optional: 1-2 teaspoon simple syrup or agave syrup

Instructions
 

  • Place your matcha powder and a small amount of water in your glass. Whisk until the matcha has dissolved.*
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Top with milk of choice. Option to add sweetener and/or flavoring here too.
  • Give it a stir, sip, and enjoy!

Notes

*Note on whisking (step 1): I’ve found that using a handheld frother or bamboo whisk work best.
*The best milk options for an iced matcha latte include dairy milk (2% or whole), oat milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.
*The nutrition facts for this recipe were calculated with 2% milk

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 330mgSugar: 12gVitamin A: 441IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 284mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Rebecca Gremmel says

    5 stars
    I have a frother so this is perfect for me! So much easier than getting a blender out. No clean up! After frothing the matcha and water I added a couple of tablespoons of instant milk, canned milk or creamer plus a little extra water and frothed it again. Then ice and water if needed and stirred. I can’t afford milk at this time. My daughter had bought me the matcha. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      I’m so happy to hear that this recipe worked well for your Rebecca! And I’m glad the instant milk, canned milk, and creamer have worked for you in this recipe too. Thank you so much for making my recipe!

  2. Kym says

    5 stars
    Hello,

    I am new to matcha green tea! I made my first latte following your recipe..with adjustments. Your nutrition info states 12 grams of sugar and 11 carbs. Where is all the sugar and carbs coming from? Thanks!!

    😫…I have to keep a watch on those two things😔

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      Hi Kym, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the matcha latte! The carbs and sugar values shown are from the 2% dairy milk the recipe is calculated with. You can use a different milk that fits your dietary needs; I believe almond milk has much lower carb and sugar levels.

  3. M. says

    5 stars
    Thanks for the great instructions – I love iced matcha lattes, and I’m glad I can make them at home now!

    • ourlovelanguageisfood says

      You are so welcome! I hope you can enjoy a nice iced matcha latte often this summer 😊