I had this Starbucks Pineapple Matcha drink a few weeks ago at Starbucks. It was actually my first time trying matcha! This green Starbucks drink recipe allows you to make the drink at home for less than half the price you would pay there! This Starbucks green tea latte recipe is what I did, but everyone likes their matcha differently. You can experiment to see what ratio of liquid to matcha you like best. You can add more water if you want it more liquid-y. This recipe serves 2 people.
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What is matcha?
Matcha is made out of ground green tea leaves (why it has a tea flavor) that are ground fine with a stone. It is basically just a tea powder, so it is nothing to be scared of just because it is green. Matcha is also high in antioxidants which makes it healthier than other teas. It is higher in antioxidants because it is a ground tea leaf instead of using a whole tea leaf in water. Brewed tea leaves only release so many nutrients in water versus ingesting the whole leaf when it is ground. If you want to learn more about matcha, click here.
What if I don’t like matcha?
I do not like tea, and I still liked this recipe. The pineapple overpowers the matcha green tea flavor. If you really do not like matcha though, just use less matcha than the amount called for while making Starbucks Pineapple Matcha.
What is a good blender to use?
I personally like to use the Ninja brand. I have their Countertop Blender. The Countertop Blender works best for this recipe because the plastic container will hold 2 servings (or more) of the drink. I also have a Magic Bullet as well, but since this recipe makes 2 full servings you would have to split between two cups, most likely, if using the Magic Bullet or a more personal sized blender.
The Ninja Countertop Blender can do hot or cold foods. It also comes with a personal sized cup and blade as well. So if you were splitting the recipe in half, you could use the personal sized cup instead of the regular sized cup without needing to buy a smaller blender for personal use.
Variations and toppings for iced pineapple matcha drink:
- use pineapple juice-if you don’t have crushed pineapple, you can use pineapple juice and skip the first round of blending in this starbucks pineapple matcha
- omit water-water is just to make more liquid so everything blends more easily but you do not have to use water if you want a more strong pineapple flavor
- omit ice-the first time I made this recipe, I did not use ice and it turned out fine!
- don’t blend ice-I like blended ice because sometimes Starbucks fills the cup of mostly ice and not much liquid, to blending the ice ensures that this is not the case. You do not have to blend the ice at all.
- more or less matcha powder-some people do not like a lot of matcha so you can add less if you or someone you are making this for does not like matcha. However, if you really love matcha, you can add more than the amount that is called for.
Favorite brands for this recipe:
- matcha-Carrington Farms
- water and ice-filtered from my sink
- crushed pineapple-Dole
How to make iced matcha latte like starbucks:
- blend crushed pineapple-I like using crushed pineapple because I think it makes the drink taste more pineapple-y. The pineapple may already be crushed, but blending by itself it is necessary to ensure that it is crushed even finer because it can be kind of stringy if you skip this step.
- add water and ice to blender-the ice will add texture and the water will water down the pineapple a little bit so it is not too strong of flavor. Blend until smooth.
- blend again for 2 minutes-you can skip this step, but I believe in an extra 2 minutes of blending time to ensure everything is smooth
- add matcha and blend-this will get the matcha mixed throughout without having to worry if the ice is crushed enough or not
- pour into 2 cups and serve!
If you want to check out my other starbucks knock-off recipe, click here for my Iced Chai Tea Latte.
Is using crushed pineapple necessary?
No, pineapple juice would probably work instead of crushed pineapple as well. If using pineapple juice, then you would just skip the first round of blending.
How to store iced green tea latte:
- fridge-store this matcha green tea latte starbucks recipe in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week
- freezer-this starbucks matcha drink can be stored in the freezer. Take out and let it thaw until liquidy enough to drink.
Pineapple Matcha Drink
- 20 oz can crushed pineapple
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 6 ice cubes
- Put the crushed pineapple in a blender. Blend until frothy. Add water and nice. Blend again until mostly smooth. When you think it is mostly smooth, continue to blend for another 2 minutes to make sure it is smooth.
- Add the matcha powder to the pineapple mixture. Blend until mixed. Pour into 2 cups. Serve your Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink cold.
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