I love making this easy iced matcha at home because there’s no whisking or blending required. Just add matcha powder to a jar with ice, shake and enjoy! You’ll also find various methods for making a dairy-free iced matcha latte.

Dairy-free almond milk iced matcha latte in a glass jar against a white background.

How to Make Iced Matcha

Ice matcha is very easy to make. Here’s how to make one with just ice, a jar and matcha powder:

  1. Add a handful of ice to a glass jar or other sealable container.
  2. Add 1-2 tsp matcha powder. This will depend on how strong you want your matcha. I use just 1 tsp otherwise it’s too much caffeine.
  3. Add water.
  4. Shake until the matcha powder is completely dissolved and no chunks remain.
  5. Enjoy!
Ice and green tea matcha powder in a small glass mason jar.
Iced green tea matcha in a glass mason jar with a white lid.

How to Make an Iced Matcha Latte

A hand pouring frothed almond milk into an iced matcha.

If you want to take things up a notch you can easily make a dairy-free iced matcha latte with your favourite plant-based milk. There are a few different methods for doing this. Let’s go over them below. My favourite method is adding frothed almond milk after shaking up the iced matcha.

Blender Iced Matcha Latte

Making an iced matcha latte in a blender adds some froth to it without needing a milk frother. To make an iced latte using a blender:

  1. Add 1-2 tsp matcha powder, 3/4 cup cold water and 1/2 cup plant-based milk of choice to a blender and mix on high until frothy.
  2. Pour over ice and enjoy.

Quick Note: Instead of half water and half milk, you can use all milk if you prefer. This goes for the shaken latte and frothed milk latte methods below as well.

Close up of an iced matcha latte in a glass jar against a grey background.

Shaken Iced Matcha Latte

To make a simple iced matcha latte in a jar:

  1. Fill a glass jar with a handful of ice.
  2. Add 1-2 tsp matcha powder and top with equal parts water and dairy-free milk of choice.
  3. Seal the jar with a lid and shake vigorously until no clumps of matcha powder remain.

Foamed Milk Iced Matcha Latte

This is my favourite method and works best if you have a milk frother like the Breville Milk Cafe. I absolutely love it and use it daily to make hot and iced lattes with all kinds of different plant milks and add-ins. It’s a bit pricey but if you love foamed milk and homemade latte drinks, you will love it!

Shop: Buy the Breville Milk Cafe here. If you love creating lattes and cappuccinos at home, it’s worth every penny. I love it and use it daily for both hot and cold drinks.

A hand pouring foamed almond milk into matcha in a jar using the Breville Milk Cafe.

Iced matcha and milk container from the Breville Milk Cafe.

Here’s how to make an iced matcha latte using a milk frother:

  1. Fill a glass jar with a handful of ice.
  2. Add 1-2 tsp matcha powder and fill the jar about half way with cold water.
  3. Seal the jar with a lid and shake vigorously until no clumps of matcha powder remain.
  4. Top with foamed milk. Soy milk, almond milk and hemp milk all foam wonderfully in the Breville Milk Cafe.

Any other milk frother, hand-held, electric or otherwise, will work for this method but the Breville Milk Cafe really is amazing!

Overhead shot of an iced matcha latte in a glass jar against a grey background.

What Kind of Milk to Use

You can use any plant-based milk to make a matcha latte. I like almond, hemp, oat, soy and coconut milk, store-bought or homemade. If you’d like to try homemade plant milk, try my homemade oat milk, hemp milk or almond milk.

How to Sweeten Iced Matcha

I usually leave my matcha unsweetened but if you prefer a hint of sweetness you can use maple syrup, agave, honey or stevia to taste. If I’m adding sweetener to mine, I usually go with a few drops of liquid stevia.

What Kind of Matcha to Use

There are so many brands and different varieties of matcha available that it can be hard to figure out which is best. When shopping for matcha, you’ll see two kinds:

  1. Ceremonial grade matcha. Ceremonial grade matcha is a higher grade than culinary. I use this for making tea.
  2. Culinary grade matcha. I use this in smoothies and adding to recipes.

If you’re not a matcha aficionado, culinary and ceremonial grade matcha can be used interchangeably but culinary grade tends to be duller in colour and has a more bitter flavour than ceremonial grade.

Best Matcha Brands

Matcha can be expensive but in most cases, you get what you pay for. For a small container of ceremonial grade organic matcha, you can expect to pay $25-50 or even more. By making matcha and matcha lattes at home you will still paying less than buying them from your local coffee shop though.

Organic is a bit more expensive than non-organic and in this case, I’d recommend going for the organic matcha. Typically, the more expensive the matcha, the brighter and more beautiful the green and better the quality.

You can find plenty of good matcha options online. Some good ceremonial matcha for making matcha tea and lattes are:

You can also check out Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder which is a little less expensive but may not taste quite as good as the ceremonial grade powders but still does the trick.

Jar of iced matcha on a grey background.

Iced Matcha Recipe

The recipe below is for a basic iced matcha using just cold water, ice and matcha powder. I’ve also included instructions for making an iced matcha latte. Sweetener is optional and maple syrup, agave, honey or stevia all work.

Review the post above more for tips and suggestions for making both the plain iced matcha and the matcha latte. In the case of a match latte, any dairy-free milk works. Try hemp, oat, coconut, soy, cashew or almond, homemade or store-bought.

If you’re looking for another fun way to use matcha powder try my matcha smoothie bowl.

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Dairy-free almond milk iced matcha latte in a glass jar against a white background.

Iced Matcha

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Japanese

Make yourself a beautiful, anti-oxidant rich iced matcha at home with just a jar, ice and matcha powder!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 12 tsp matcha powder (see notes)
  • 57 ice cubes
  • 11.5 cups cold water
  • sweetener, if desired (see notes)
  • to make an iced matcha latte: dairy-free milk of choice

Instructions

  1. Add the ice cubes to a sealable jar or container.
  2. Add the matcha powder and top the jar off with cold water.
  3. Shake vigorously until no matcha clumps remain. Enjoy!
  4. To make an iced matcha latte, use equal parts cold water and dairy-free milk of choice, seal and shake until smooth, or fill the jar about half way with water then top off with cold frothed plant-based milk such as almond, soy, coconut or oat.

Notes

Use 1 tsp matcha powder the first time you make this. If you want it stronger, increase that to 1.5 tsp and then finally 2 tsp. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, I’d recommend sticking to 1 tsp.

If you like your matcha with a hint of sweetness, add 1-2 tsp maple syrup, honey or agave, or sweeten to taste with stevia for sugar-free matcha.

You can also add matcha powder and dairy-free milk to a blender, blend on high for 30 seconds and then pour over ice for a quick and easy, frothy iced matcha latte. 

The amount of ice, water and matcha powder doesn’t have to be exact. Something like 4-7 ice cubes and 1 to 2 cups water is great. You can use less ice if you prefer. You’ll find what you like best the more you make this.

A basic iced matcha contains zero calories, adjust accordingly if you add milk or sweetener. 

Keywords: matcha cold brew, ice matcha, easy, fast, green tea, plant-based, dairy-free