Iced Green Tea Latte

Because it’s filthy hot and we all need small wins in our lives.

That is what I’m thinking when I’m deciding whether to even write this post. My photos didn’t turn out well and it’s putting me off from publishing but you know what? Bugger it. 2 months off has me a bit rusty but blogs are supposed to be fun and this recipe tastes so good.

starbucks iced green tea latte

I’ve made this 5 or 6 times, playing around with ingredients and quantities and I’ve found my favourite recipe. The secret was a hint of sweet vanilla that makes the matcha taste more bitter because of the contrast. It’s smooth and delicious and for us Adelaidians who had our Starbucks closed on us, fear no more as we can make our very own iced green tea latte at home.

starbucks iced green tea latte

Iced Green Tea Latte

Adapted from Just One Cookbook

Serves 1 glass



2 tsp matcha powder

2 tbsp hot water (80°C hot water where you make this by using 3 parts boiling water to 1 part room temperature water)

¾ cup milk

Ice cubes

1.5 tbsp simple syrup


Simple Syrup

¼ cup sugar (I use white sugar)

¼ cup water

¼ tsp vanilla paste



To make simple syrup:

  1. Place sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir on low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the vanilla paste and stir to mix in.
  3. Stop stirring and increase heat to medium and bring mixture to boil.
  4. Once mixture is boiling, lower the heat and leave for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool completely. It will be a bit thick and syrupy.


To make iced green tea latte:

  1. In a small bowl, sift 2 tsp matcha.
  2. Add 2 tbsp of hot water and whisk with a Japanese whisk (chasen) or frother until there are no lumps.
  3. Add 1.5 tbsp of simple syrup and combine.
  4. Pour matcha into the glass.
  5. Fill glass with ice cubes but don’t pack it in or add too much.
  6. Pour milk into a Pyrex jug or a bowl and use a frother to froth milk until it looks 1.5 or 2 times bigger.
  7. Pour milk into glass.
  8. Stir to mix everything up well.


  • Simple syrup lasts for a month when stored in a refrigerator in an air tight container. The above quantities lets you make about 3 cups of iced green tea latte. How dangerous is it to have on hand? :P
  • I use a Japanese whisk (chasen) as I find that it mixes the mixture quite well and gives a smooth texture. I’ve used an Ikea frother before and although it works, my iced green tea latte turned out a bit gritty.


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