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.
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!
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- 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.