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Strawberry Matcha Latte

This homemade strawberry matcha latte is an iced drink using strawberries, matcha powder, organic cane sugar, and milk for a layered drink that’s as beautiful as it is refreshing.

Strawberry and matcha are a popular flavor pairing, which is why you’ll find strawberry matcha lattes in Starbucks and boba tea shops around the world. The main difference from place to place is how they’re prepared.

Ingredients

The ingredients are just fresh strawberries (or frozen if out of season), ceremonial grade matcha powder, organic cane sugar, and milk of choice. For this recipe, I love using creamier dairy-free options such as oat or homemade cashew but use whatever milk you’d like.

For a superior flavor and more vibrant green color, use ceremonial grade matcha, not culinary grade. My favorite brands are Matchaful, Ipoddo, and Kyoto Dew.

To create that beautiful layered effect, the order in which you add each ingredient is important.

How to Make Strawberry Matcha Latte

Make the strawberry syrup by stirring the granulated sugar and water on the stove until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium and add in the chopped strawberries. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place a fine mesh strainer over a jar and pour the strawberry syrup through, but don’t press down on the strawberries. This causes the syrup to become cloudy. Let the syrup cool completely, then store it in the fridge for at least an hour before using it.

Pour your milk of choice into the bottom of a tall glass and pour in the strawberry syrup.

Stir together and then add in the ice.

Prepare the matcha by placing a fine mesh sieve over a small bowl. Push the matcha powder through to get rid of any clumps then pour in hot, but not boiling water.

Use a matcha whisk in an “M” motion back and forth until you have a frothy green mixture.

Now pour in the whisked matcha.

Admire the layers and then serve immediately.

Equipment

To make the strawberry simple syrup, you’ll need a pairing knife and cutting board, measuring cups, a saucepan, and a whisk or spatula.

To strain the syrup you’ll need a fine mesh sieve (which you’ll also need for this for the matcha) and a glass jar with a lid to hold the syrup. For the matcha latte, you’ll need a liquid measuring cup, a small bowl, a matcha whisk, and measuring spoons.

Make It Your Way: Substitutions & Variations

Please remember recipes are just a starting point.

How can you make this strawberry matcha latte using what you already have? Here are some ideas…

  • No strawberries? – Other fruits such as apples, pears, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, or pineapple can be used too.
  • No organic cane sugar? – Use maple syrup or white granulated sugar.
  • Variations – Mix it up by making other types of infused simple syrups.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use strawberry puree instead of strawberry syrup?

Yes, to do this add fresh, trimmed strawberries to the bottom of a tall glass along with the 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or granulated sugar. Blend them into a puree using an immersion blender (can also use a stand blender, muddler, or finely chop the fruit into small pieces) then continue onto steps 2 and 3.

Can I use the syrup right away?

Simple syrup thickens as it cools. If you want to use the syrup in under an hour, you can put the jar with the lid in an ice bath to speed up the cooling process.

Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh?

If using frozen strawberries, you’ll want to simmer them in the syrup for closer to 20 minutes. Otherwise, thaw them first.

Top Tip

Don’t throw away the syrup-soaked strawberries that you strained, enjoy them on ice cream, waffles, yogurt, and granola, or on their own. They’re so good.

More Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry Matcha Latte

5 from 3 votes
A strawberry matcha latte.
This homemade strawberry matcha latte is an iced drink using strawberries, matcha powder, organic cane sugar, and milk for a layered drink that's as beautiful as it is refreshing.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Serving Size 1 16 ounce glass

Ingredients
 

Strawberry Simple Syrup

Strawberry Matcha Latte

  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1-2 tablespoons strawberry simple syrup depending on desired sweetness
  • handful of ice
  • 1 teaspoon ceremonial grade matcha
  • 2 ounces hot water, not boiling or ¼ cup

Instructions

Strawberry Simple Syrup

  • Make the strawberry syrup by stirring the sugar and water on the stove until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium and add in the chopped strawberries. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a jar and pour the strawberry syrup through, but don't press down on the strawberries. This causes the syrup to become cloudy. Let the syrup cool completely, then store it in the fridge for at least an hour before using it.

Strawberry Matcha Latte

  • Pour your milk of choice into the bottom of a tall glass, pour in the strawberry syrup, stir together and then add in the ice.
  • Prepare the matcha by placing a fine mesh sieve over a small bowl. Push the matcha powder through to get rid of any clumps then pour in the hot, but not boiling water. 
  • Use a matcha whisk in an "M" motion back and forth until you have a frothy green mixture. Now pour in the whisked matcha and serve immediately.

Notes

Makes 3/4 cup of strawberry simple syrup.
SUBSTITUTIONS:
No strawberries? – Other fruits such as apples, pears, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, or pineapple can be used too.
No organic cane sugar? – Use maple syrup or white granulated sugar.
Variations – Mix it up by making other types of infused simple syrups.
5 from 3 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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