A refreshing matcha soda for all green tea lovers. Fizzy water meets matcha syrup to create this bubbly tea drink.
There have been a couple of companies that have attempted to make matcha soda but I never like the taste of them.
You know why? They use very little sugar so that they can market it as a healthy drink.
This matcha soda, my friend, isn’t a healthy drink. Sure it’s got antioxidants but there’s also sugar and that’s what makes it good.
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What I Used to Make This Matcha Soda
Look for a bright green color that’s not over $60. But don’t spend less than $18 since the color will be a muddy brown.
- Seltzer or Sparkling Water
To create the fizz.
It’s a soda after all, so you need a little sugar to sweeten.
Use filtered water to make ice, if possible.
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Matcha soda is just matcha simple syrup with carbonated, bubbly water.
Making the matcha simple syrup takes about five minutes. It’s putting water and sugar on heat until the sugar completely dissolves. Then the matcha is sifted and stirred in.
You may want to make the matcha syrup ahead of time since it’ll take a little bit to cool it down.
Ready to make the matcha soda?
Get a glass filled with ice and pour in the matcha syrup.
The matcha syrup is for two servings so it’ll fill about third of the way in each glass.
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Next, pour in the fizzy water. You can use any carbonated water (sparkling, seltzer, or club soda) you prefer.
What’s the Difference Between Carbonated Waters?
Seltzer water is plain water with carbon dioxide added into it. This is what you get from a SodaStream machine. It has a clean taste and great for making drinks like this matcha soda.
Club soda is seltzer water with minerals added into the water to enhance the flavor. Bubbles are formed by adding carbon dioxide.
Sparkling water is natural spring water and contains minerals. Extra carbonation is not added (usually) and the bubbles are totally natural. Not recommended for mixed drinks because it has a distinct mineral flavor.
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Keep pouring the sparkling water until you’ve reached the top.
Damn, look how refreshing that looks!
Matcha Soda Tips
- Each cup of matcha soda has about 1/8th of a cup of sugar which is two tablespoons. Add more or less matcha syrup to adjust to taste and sugar content.
- It looks pretty when you get the gradation but stir before drinking.
- This is a great option for those who don’t drink alcohol and are sick of cranberry and seltzers.
Pairing Matcha with Food
Traditionally, matcha tea is paired with something sweet to counteract the slight bitterness from the powered green tea. That something sweet can be a small bite-sized dessert or confection.
- 1 cup seltzer water
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons matcha
- Make simple syrup by adding sugar and water into a saucepan and bringing it to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Stir in sifted matcha into the simple syrup. Let it cool completely.
- Fill two cups with ice. Pour in matcha syrup, dividing it evenly into the two cups. Fill each cup to the top with seltzer water.
6 thoughts on “Matcha (Green Tea) Soda”
Based on the 1x recipe, which provides 2 servings, there are 25 grams of sugar in each serving. Broken out that’s 2 tablespoons of sugar for each serving with each tablespoon = 12.5 grams of sugar.
So this is like drinking coke but with some health benefits. 😉
Hi DDG, yup, it’s soda. It’s not a drink you should be having everyday but it’s a sweet treat every once in a while.
How long would the matcha simple syrup keep? I’m guessing it would last longer in the fridge, but I’d love to know your take on both in case one or the other were not an option.
From one Tea Sommelier to another, many, many thanks for your amazing blog and all that you share here.
Hi Jasmine, the matcha simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. I would only recommend refrigerating it. Thanks for reading my blog!
how would you store this ? Could you store it in a glass bottle mixed or would you say it would be better to store ingredients seperate ?
Hi Cody, because of the fizz, it won’t store very well and it’ll get flat pretty quickly. I would store ingredients separately.