Easily make an Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte at home, in minutes, with fresh strawberries, matcha green tea powder, and your milk of choice. It’s a fun, fruity twist on a traditional matcha latte.
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This Strawberry Matcha Latte Recipe is so easy that it may quickly become part of your daily routine.
It doesn’t require any cooking or special techniques. You don’t even have to use a blender or food processor (I don’t) unless you want to.
It takes very little effort and time to make this cafe-style, delicious drink at home - even with beautiful, distinct layers.
If you're looking for the iced coffee version of this drink, check out this Strawberry Latte Recipe.
Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte
I have to admit… I haven’t tried the famous strawberry matcha latte from Boba Guys, but I have heard a lot about it.
If you’re looking for the Starbucks recipe, scroll down to right before the recipe card. I included a section about the additional key ingredient and step to turn this strawberry matcha latte recipe into a homemade, DIY version of the Starbucks’ creamy latte.
This delicious Strawberry Matcha Latte is even better than the coffee shop versions though because it’s easier to make, uses less ingredients, has less sugar, has less calories, and makes less dishes. Woo!
It also combines the sweet, light, fruity flavor of real strawberries and the unique, earthy taste of matcha for a truly refreshing drink.
If you’re a matcha lover, like me, you definitely need to try it.
This easy strawberry matcha has three layers of simple ingredients.
1. Strawberry Layer
The bottom layer is fresh strawberry puree.
This is easily and quickly made by combining chopped fresh strawberries and your sweetener of choice in a small bowl then mashing them with the back of a fork.
I use granulated sugar to make the strawberry mixture, but you can use maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, simple syrup, etc.
You can also adjust the amount of sweetener to your personal preference.
This homemade strawberry puree is also used in this Strawberry Latte Recipe.
I recommend using fresh strawberries for this Iced Matcha Latte with Strawberry Puree, but it can be made with frozen strawberries too.
If using frozen strawberries, thaw them in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for at least 30 minutes then use a blender or food processor to create the strawberry purée.
2. Milk Layer
The second layer is your favorite milk - cow’s milk or non dairy milk.
Almond milk has less calories. But, whole milk makes a creamy latte.
For a creamy milk that is plant-based, I recommend oat milk. It’s one of my favorite milks to use in lattes, like in this Iced Matcha Latte Recipe.
I haven’t tried this recipe with coconut milk or soy milk. If you do, I’d love to hear how it came out!
3. Matcha Layer
My favorite layer. It’s important to use a good quality matcha.
There are different grades of matcha, like I’ve discussed in my other matcha posts.
For this Strawberry Matcha Latte, I recommend using a ceremonial grade matcha or a culinary grade matcha that has a vibrant green color and fine powder texture (both are characteristics of a high quality matcha powder).
The first thing to do for this layer is to combine matcha powder with water.
The easiest way is with an electric frother. I recently bought this battery-operated milk frother and it was the BEST DECISION EVER.
It makes making matcha drinks SO much easier. I don’t even need to use hot water to mix the matcha, which is how it’s traditionally done.
This handheld milk frother/matcha whisk mixes the matcha and water smoothly no matter what. I finally have no lumps in my matcha lattes!
If you do not have a milk frother, it’s best to use hot water and combine the matcha and water with a matcha whisk, like this bamboo whisk.
You can also use a regular small whisk, a fork, or a mason jar. Place the water and matcha green tea powder into a mason jar, put on the lid, and shake vigorously until completely combined.
How to Make Strawberry Matcha Latte
Create the layers as described above. Set aside.
Add the fresh strawberry puree to a serving glass.
Then add ice cubes. These help to create the layered effect. Without them, the strawberry layer and milk layer start to combine to create strawberry milk. Which isn’t a bad thing. It just doesn’t look as pretty.
Next, add the milk of your choice.
Finally, pour the matcha tea on top.
For clean layers, pour it slow or pour it over the back of a spoon that’s above the rest of the drink.
Stick in a straw, give a gentle swirl (if desired), and enjoy!
Can I make this latte ahead of time?
The strawberry layer could be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It may turn more into a strawberry syrup though.
This Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte, as a whole, tastes best right after making it. Fortunately, it comes together in minutes, so it's easy to enjoy fresh.
After sitting for awhile, matcha powder tends to settle at the bottom of drinks.
Matcha never actually dissolves into liquid, it's just in suspension.
If the matcha power starts to settle at the bottom, stir the drink again before sipping.
I tried to save this Strawberry Matcha Latte in the fridge for a day before drinking it. The strawberries became soggy and the color was NOT pretty. 😳
I strained the drink through a mesh strainer into a new cup, threw the strawberries away, and drank the latte anyway.
It was not as refreshing, balanced, or enjoyable as a freshly made Homemade Strawberry Matcha Latte.
Strawberry Matcha Latte Starbucks Recipe
The Starbucks’ Strawberry Matcha Latte includes heavy cream.
To make a copycat of their latte at home, combine the strawberries and sweetener of choice with 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 Tablespoon of milk.
The milk is to prevent the cream from turning into whipped cream when blended. For this version, I do recommended blending the strawberry layer in a blender, like this small bullet blender, or a food processor.
I also recommend using less milk (3/4 cup instead of 1 cup) in the remaining recipe to accommodate the additional liquid of the heavy cream.
The order of the layers stays the same.
Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte Recipe
- 1/2 cup Fresh Strawberries (about 4 Strawberries) chopped
- 2 tsp Sugar or sweetener of choice
- 2 tsp Matcha Powder
- 2 Tbsp Water warm
- 1 cup Milk of choice
- 1/2 cup Ice Cubes
- Wash strawberries and remove stems. Chop into small chunks.
- Place chopped strawberries and sweetener into a small bowl. Mash with the back of a fork. For a smoother consistency, use a blender or food processor to puree the strawberries and sweetener. Set aside.
- In a separate small bowl, mug, or glass, combine matcha powder and water. The easiest way is with a milk frother. If using a whisk, spoon, or mason jar (see post for details), use hot water to combine with the matcha. Set aside.
- In a 16 oz glass, add the strawberry puree.
- Add ice cubes.
- Pour the milk over the ice cubes.
- Slowly pour the matcha shot over the rest of the drink.
- Gently stir, if desired. Enjoy immediately.