Becoming an at-home barista: summer matcha recipes

Expat Life

June 20, 2020

As soon as lockdown ended here, one of the first places I headed was Starbucks! Most people missed their daily coffees during quarantine, but for me, I missed my daily matcha. Being at home forced me to get creative and learn to make my own drinks since I couldn’t just go out and buy one. I have to say, I might even pick my own homemade matcha latte over a Starbucks one now!

In this blog post I’m going to share four of my favorite summer matcha recipes. They’re perfect to sip outside in the sun, and I promise, they look and taste like they’ve been made by a professional barista.

For those of you who don’t know, matcha is a type of tea that’s made from green tea leaves. It’s definitely an acquired taste, but I love it! If matcha is not your cup of tea (pardon the pun) you can try out these recipes with your own favorite tea flavor.

The traditional iced matcha latte

This is my go-to drink that I have at least once a day (no judging!) It’s a simple iced matcha latte recipe that turns out great every time.

Ingredients + Tools

  • Ceremonial grade matcha powder
  • Milk
  • Ice cubes
  • Matcha whisk (or a small cooking whisk)
  • Milk frother (optional)

  1. Heat the water to around 90 degrees celsius
  2. In a small bowl place around 1 teaspoon of matcha powder
  3. Pour the hot water into the bowl. Pour just enough to cover the matcha powder with a layer of water
  4. Whisk the matcha-water mixture using a matcha whisk using back and forth movements
  5. Place milk into a glass and use the frother. You don’t have to froth your milk, but I think that it adds that extra touch like you would have in an actual cafe. I usually fill the glass half full with milk because once frothed the milk takes up more room.
  6. Place ice cubes into the milk and add your matcha-water mixture to the glass

A creative take on a matcha latte: cubed matcha

Essentially, this tastes the same as a regular matcha latte, it’s just that the elements are a little different. This can be something fun when you have guests over, or you could even try it with other drink flavors!

Ingredients + Tools

  • Ceremonial grade matcha powder
  • Milk
  • Ice cube tray
  • Matcha whisk (or a small cooking whisk)
  • Milk frother (optional)

  1. Heat up some water to around 90 degrees celsius
  2. Add the water to a small bowl and place around a teaspoon of matcha powder in the bowl.
  3. Mix together with a matcha whisk
  4. Place the matcha-water mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for a few hours
  5. Place the matcha ice cubes into a glass and pour milk over them until the glass is full

Iced Chamomile Matcha

This recipe combines 2 of my favorite teas! It definitely has a stronger matcha taste because there’s no milk in this recipe, so if you’re not sure if you like matcha I wouldn’t suggest trying this one first.

Ingredients + Tools

  • Ceremonial grade matcha powder
  • Chamomile tea (I used a tea bag, but loose leaf is fine)
  • Matcha whisk (or a small cooking whisk)
  • Ice cubes

  1. Heat up some water to around 90 degrees celsius
  2. Add the water to a small bowl and place around a teaspoon of matcha powder in the bowl.
  3. Mix together with a matcha whisk
  4. Add some water to another cup and place the chamomile tea bag into it
  5. Pour the chamomile and matcha into a glass and add some ice cubes

Iced Jasmine Matcha

Jasmine tea is also one of my favorite teas and its delicate flavor compliments matcha really well! Again, this recipe has a stronger matcha flavor than the previous two, so I wouldn’t recommend trying it first if you’re new to matcha.

Ingredients + Tools

  • Ceremonial grade matcha powder
  • Jasmine tea (I used a tea bag, but loose leaf is fine)
  • Matcha whisk (or a small cooking whisk)
  • Ice cubes

  1. Heat up some water to around 90 degrees celsius
  2. Add the water to a small bowl and place around a teaspoon of matcha powder in the bowl.
  3. Mix together with a matcha whisk
  4. Add some water to another cup and place the jasmine tea bag into it
  5. Pour the jasmine and matcha into a glass and add some ice cubes


These recipes are really simple and easy to follow. They definitely saved me from my matcha cravings during lockdown. I hope you have fun recreating and experimenting with your own combinations.

See you next week,

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