Spring is almost here, and Starbucks just released their NEW Iced drinks. Two of which showcase creamy coconut milk: the iced pineapple matcha drink and the iced golden ginger drink. This article will show you how to make Starbucks iced pineapple matcha copycat drink at home.
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You'll love this recipe if you...
love matcha lattes with coconut milk
enjoy the Starbucks version
are looking for an *almost* exact recipe
want something sweet and spicy to amp up your morning routine.
What's in Starbucks iced pineapple matcha drink?
As for all of my Starbucks copycat recipes, let's start by talking about the ingredient list for Starbucks iced pineapple matcha drink.
According to the Starbucks website, these are the ingredients.
Matcha Tea Blend [matcha + sugar]
Pineapple Ginger Syrup
Here's how to make Starbucks iced pineapple matcha drink.
This one is pretty easy to make in your kitchen. I enjoy making iced matcha lattes in the summer months. It gives me that much-needed boost of afternoon energy when I need it the most. Plus, the health benefits of green tea are all around incredible.
Before we get into the recipe, I think it's important to note that Starbucks adds sugar to their matcha, something not found in traditional matcha. Because of this, you may have to add extra syrup or use sweetened coconut milk if you prefer the sweeter version.
The first thing you need to do is make a slurry. A slurry is a semi-liquid that helps to ensure that the powder products are thoroughly mixed—traditionally done with a bamboo whisk by adding a small amount of liquid turning the mixture into a loose paste.
Options for adding ginger to your starbucks pineapple ginger matcha
Since the original Starbucks recipe includes ginger, there are two ways you can do this. First, include ground ginger in your slurry. Adding ground ginger is a good option if you already have it sitting in your pantry.
The second way to incorporate ginger is to purchase a matcha powder with ginger listed in the ingredients. This option can make it easier for you to make, but I just added ground ginger because I already had matcha powder at home. Additionally, this allows you to customize your drink to the bite you like.
The easiest way to add pineapple is using syrup.
Once you've made a slurry of matcha and ginger, you can slowly incorporate the rest of the coconut milk, making sure to agitate the matcha latte continuously. Afterward, pump in the pineapple syrup, and stir. The equivalent of one pump of syrup is approximately half of a tablespoon. Pour this matcha latte over ice and enjoy.
Where can I get the ingredients?
Coconutmilk - my favorite brand is 'so delicious' (unsweetened); however, you may want to pick up a sweetened version since matcha doesn't contain sugar. It just depends on your taste buds!
Pineapple Syrup - Get it here.
Matcha with Ginger - Get it here.
Craving more? Check out these recipes.
Starbucks Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
How to make starbucks iced pineapple matcha drink at home.
- 1.5 c. Coconutmilk (up to 2 cups). I like So Delicious, unsweetened.
- 3 teaspoon Matcha powder
- 4 pumps Pineapple syrup, (approx 2 tbsp)
- 1 cup Ice
- ¼ teaspoon ginger, plus more if needed (optional)
- In a small cup add in powder ingredients with 2 - 4 tablespoons of milk.
- Mix thoroughly until the slurry is smooth. This helps prevent clumps of powder in your drink. Traditionalists use a special bamboo whisk to mix their matcha properly. If you drink matcha lattes often, consider picking one up.
- Continue to slowly add milk, stirring to ensure the mixture stays smooth.
- Once all of the milk has been added, stir in syrup.
- Pour your Matcha Pineapple latte over ice, and adjust flavoring as needed.
1 pump of syrup = approx. ½ tablespoon
*always start with less and adjust as needed.
Please note that Starbucks matcha powder has sugar added to it, so you may need to add more syrup or use sweetened coconut milk if you prefer your matcha on the sweeter side.
You can purchase matcha with ginger or add the ground ginger separately. Since Starbucks pineapple syrup contains ginger, you may have to add more than ¼ tsp. of ground ginger to your matcha latte. Again, this is dependant on your taste buds and the brand (or age) of the ground ginger you use.
If you're having trouble incorporating the matcha, use 2 tablespoons of HOT water to make your slurry instead of coconut milk.
Be sure to check the section below for product recommendations.
12 oz - 2 teaspoon matcha, 1 cup milk, and 3 pumps syrup
24 oz - 4 teaspoon matcha 2 cups milk, and 6 pumps syrup
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Tea Forte Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder, For Hot or Cold Matcha Tea or Latte 1.06 oz Canister (12 Servings), Ginger Matcha
Monin Pineapple Syrup, 750 ml
SB Organics Matcha Green Tea Gold Premium Powder - USDA Organic Non-GMO Classic Standard Culinary Ground Powder for Baking, Smoothies, Coffee, Tea - 16 oz
BAMBOOWORX Japanese Tea Set, Matcha Whisk (Chasen), Traditional Scoop (Chashaku), Tea Spoon, The Perfect Set to Prepare a Traditional Cup of Matcha.
JOYECO 10 Pcs Metal Reusable Straws Stainless Steel Drinking Sucker Full Variety, Multi Size with Carry Bag Brushes for 20 30oz Tumblers, Boba, Smoothies, Rose Gold
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 144gFiber: 9gSugar: 100gProtein: 4g
Nutrition facts are for personal reference only as calories may vary on a case by case basis.
Since trying this drink at Starbucks, I moved away from it. The closest one is 2 hours away from me so I can’t just go and get this. So I came across your recipe and I had some pineapple in a can. I used the juice to make a syrup and I gave this drink a shot. I loved it! I can’t believe how close it is to the real thing. I’ll definitely be passing it onto anyone I meet that loves matcha.
Do you need additional ground ginger if you purchase the ginger matcha?
That depends on your taste buds. If you like it ginger-y, you may need to add some additional. If you give it a go, let me know how it turns out!
You never mentioned the Brand of unsweetened coconut milk. I am curious. I noticed some coconut milk is thick and some is almost like water.
Hi yvonne. my favorite brand of coconutmilk is So Delicious (original-unsweetened), but that one is on the thicker side (much thicker in texture than starbucks in house brand). Silk also make a good coconut milk that's a little thinner than the so delicious brand. (note that both of these brands are refrigerated coconut milks not canned). The starbucks coconut milk is very thin in texture, which I've noticed many people like, but it's not my personal choice, so I don't have a good brand comparison. If you know of a good coconut milk that's thin like the starbucks brand, let me know. Maybe it'll help someone in the comments!
Also, the starbucks coconut milk is sweetened. I just prefer unsweetened coconut milk. Hope that helps!
Hi! I’ve just recently been ordering this drink since last week and I really love it. I thought I’d give it a try at home. I have all ingredients but the pineapple syrup. I do have leftover crushed pineapple from when I made carrot cake for Easter. I’ll try that instead and see what happens. Thanks for the recipe:)
Hey josie. Let me know how it goes! Maybe it can help someone else, too!
It turned out pretty good. I liked that it wasn’t sweet like Starbucks. I just added a tbs of stevia for a little sweetness on 1 1/2 cups.
I agree. I like making the drinks at home, so I can customize them to my liking. Glad to hear it turned out!
I was thinking the same thing! Trying to use as many fresh ingredients as possible.
Will I get the same results if I use matcha teabags instead of the powder?
hey, alexander. I haven't tried using tea bags, but my guess is it won't be as concentrated. If you try it let me know how it worked out. Maybe it will help someone else, too!
Thanks for this recipe! I've been purchasing this drink from Starbucks and I absolutely love it, so I figure I just need to make it at home. However, I'm such a boba lover that I'm going to include boba pearls and chia seeds. Thanks for postung this! I can't wait to try it!
You know, I've never tried boba. If you give it a go, tag me on Instagram so I can see!
Hi! Thanks so much for posting. After 2 consecutive days of getting this drink, I decided I should make it at home. I grabbed ingredients before seeing your page and got pineapple juice not syrup. Do you know a measurement I can incorporate to make it work (okay with a larger drink size) or should I just order the syrup instead?
Thanks in advance!
Hey Kaitlyn! Thanks for chiming in. It's all going to depend on the sweetness of your pineapple juice. I would start with 1/4 c. of pineapple juice and go from there. I hope that helps! Make sure to check out my other recipes, and share this one with your friends! Thanks again!