Would you like to make a delicious homemade Starbucks drink with just three ingredients? If so, read on. Starbucks Iced Matcha latte is as bright in color as it is in taste. It’s cool enough to keep you refreshed even on the hottest days, and the best bit is that it is really easy to make. In this article, we will show you how to do it.
What is Matcha?
First thing’s first, for the uninitiated, let’s explain what matcha is. In the most simple terms, it is a tea. It is distinctive for quite a few reasons. The most noticeable of which is its bright green color. Matcha originates from Japan and is traditionally used in ceremonies. Besides looking it great, it is actually really good for you and is full of antioxidants and minerals that promote well being. It is usually available in powder form.
How to Make Starbucks Iced Matcha Latte
As Starbucks drinks recipes go, this has to be one of the simplest there is. Starbucks iced matcha latte is a milk-based drink, no surprises there. We simply combine milk, Matcha powder, and flavored syrup before blending to perfection and adding ice.
This drink doesn’t keep for too long, so you’ll want to drink it as soon as you have made it, and certainly, before the ice melts.
We find that the most authentic way to drink an iced matcha latte is with a straw. Because we are all about the environment, we tend to use washable metal straws. Aside from making your drink taste authentic, we really love it when the straw goes super cold, and you get beads of dew running down.
One important step that shouldn’t be neglected is making sure that your matcha is fully incorporated into your milk. You will only suck up a lump of matcha once before swearing to mix it properly in the future. The best way to achieve this is with a milk frother. They are normally really cheap and very easy to use. If you haven’t got a milk frother, no problem. A small hand whisk or even a fork can do a reasonable job provided you are willing to put in the effort.
Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks to get a great result every time. Here’s the recipe.
Tips and Tricks
- Remember we talked about not having a milk foamer? Well, fear not. We have a solution that produces creamy and frothy drinks without a milk frother. If you have a vacuum flask or cocktail shaker, you’ll get a really nice effect (and really well-mixed matcha as part of the deal). Add the ingredients and ice cubes, and give your flask or shaker a vigorous rattle for around 30 seconds. The ice will melt ever so slightly and break apart. It’s almost like a super healthy cocktail.
- If you are entertaining, it is possible to make Starbucks iced matcha latte ahead of time. Just make the desired quantity and allow it to chill in the fridge. When it comes time to serve, just pour over ice (after giving it another gentle froth).
- We realize that everyone isn’t the biggest fan of dairy. And that’s ok. You can make Starbucks iced matcha latte with coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk, and soy milk… exactly the same as Starbucks!
- If you are having trouble getting your matcha tea to fully incorporate, here are a few tips that should make it easier. First, don’t add all of the milk at once. Add perhaps ¼ of the recommended amount and your matcha and beat it into a smooth paste. Then add the rest of the milk. You should find the paste incorporates into the rest of the milk in a much more uniform manner.
- Another way to make your matcha smooth and lump-free is to use a small sieve. Over time the contents of the pack can ‘settle’ and become clumped together. By sifting the matcha, you separate and aerate it, making it much easier to incorporate.
- To make an original Starbucks iced matcha latte, you will be using ice cubes. However, for a bit of variation, you can also use crushed ice. The texture might be a little different, but the taste will be identical.
- We use vanilla syrup to flavor our iced matcha drink. However, don’t feel limited if you have another favorite. While we have tried to make our Starbucks iced matcha authentic, we have found that other syrups make for delicious drinks. Try caramel or almond syrup if you like a change.
- This recipe is completely scalable, so if you have company feel free to double or even triple all of the amounts. Our recipe uses 1 cup of milk and ice per person.!
Easy huh? In fact, provided you are organized, Starbucks iced Matcha latte is even easier to make than a regular coffee. Which flavor syrup is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.