Super easy to make and refreshing, this iced version of traditional matcha green tea is made using the cold brew technique and it’s perfect for matcha purists.
Iced Matcha Green Tea
This one’s for all you matcha purists out there. You know who you are.
The only ingredients need to make iced matcha is cold water, matcha, and ice.
If you wish, you can add a little sweetener like honey or sugar but this is a version made just like the hot whisked matcha drink which also doesn’t add anything sweet.
Matcha is meant to paired with something sweet though, so I would recommend drinking your iced matcha with dessert like a slice of cake or sweet mochi.
Michelle at Chalait, a matcha bar in NYC, gave me a quick demo on how they make their iced matcha drinks and it was an eye-opener. It’s the cold brew method.
How to Cold Brew Matcha
What does it mean when you cold brew matcha? It means you’re mixing matcha with cold water. THAT’S IT.
The term “cold brew matcha” is an eye roller for me since it’s trying to make something so simple sound way fancier than it is.
No matcha bowls or whisks needed. Their secret to getting smooth, clump-free matcha is a water bottle. Yup, a wide-mouth Hydro Flask.
I was shocked at how efficient the water bottle worked in creating perfect, cold brew matcha tea.
I’ve always used traditional matcha tools like a bamboo whisk but I’ve been making things harder for myself. This method is far better and quicker. This is how I make all my iced matcha drinks now.
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What I Used to Make This Iced Matcha
The brighter the green, the more expensive. Find matcha that costs between $25 – $50 for this drink. You can get a little more expensive since you’re not diluting it with anything other than ice and water.
- Cocktail shaker or hydro flask
Any wide-mouth container with an air-tight lid will do.
- Glass cup
- Ice cube tray
I love the cute square ice cubes this ice cube tray makes.
Let’s talk matcha.
Matcha is a Japanese powered green tea that is produced/created through a very particular process that makes it much more expensive than most other kinds of tea.
It’s not unheard of to find small tins of matcha for $90. But you’ll also see matcha for just $10.
The more expensive the matcha is, the brighter the green and better the quality.
There’s also fake matcha out in the market that’ll be marked as ‘powdered green tea’ instead of matcha. Those are poor quality Chinese versions that don’t go through the painstaking process as matcha does in Japan.
Go for the brightest green in the $25-$40 for this recipe since it’s not diluted with milk and you’ll get the full impact of the matcha taste.
You can go cheaper, and less green, for when matcha doesn’t stand on its own and is added to recipes or into lattes. For that, look to spend around $15-$25 a tin.
How to Make Iced, Cold Brewed Matcha, Step-by-Step
Start with a glass filled with ice. I like these smaller cubed ones using this ice cube tray.
Next, pour 3/4 cup cold water. If you have filtered water, that would be best to really bring out the matcha flavor.
Ok, here’s the workout portion of this recipe.
Into a cocktail shaker or any air-tight, wide-mouth container, pour in 1/4 cup cold water followed by a teaspoon of matcha.
Shake, shake, shake. Shake, shake, shake vigorously for about 10-20 seconds.
Into the glass of ice water, pour in the cold matcha tea.
It’s so fun to watch the matcha green swirling around. Make this for your guests at your next get-together and they’ll be wowed. It’s mesmerizing.
Give it a little swirl to make sure the matcha is well incorporated into the cold water and sip away!
This iced matcha doesn’t have any sugar or honey to sweeten. I would strongly suggest pairing it — with what is traditionally paired with matcha — something sweet. The sugary treat gives the matcha a nice balance.
You want to have something sugary. Think mochi, and if you can get them, I would recommend wagashi, bite-sized Japanese confections. Also, any pastry would go well with matcha.
Iced Matcha (Cold Brew Matcha)
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 cup ice
- 1 teaspoon [matcha]
- Fill glass with ice and 3/4 cup cold water.
- In a cocktail shaker, pour in remaining 1/4 cup water and then matcha. Close lid and shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds.
- Pour matcha into the ice water glass and stir well before drinking.