Have you tried the new Starbucks Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink? It’s incredibly refreshing with a beautiful green color. This copycat vegan green tea drink is a real deal and has the perfect blend of coconut milk, matcha green tea, pineapple, and ginger flavor. When making it at home, you can easily customize to your desired sweetness level.
Starbucks just debuted some new iced drinks this spring, and I was immediately attracted by Iced Golden Ginger Drink and this green color pineapple matcha. After ordering a lot from Starbucks, I finally figured out how to make a healthier homemade version at the fraction of the price.
What is Pineapple Matcha?
Starbucks introduced this drink in the spring of 2020. It’s described on Starbucks’ website as “premium matcha green tea shaken with flavors of pineapple and ginger along with coconutmilk and ice for a delicious beverage to uplift your day.”
Ingredients for Pineapple Matcha Drink
The original Starbucks drink is made with coconut milk, pineapple ginger syrup, matcha tea blend, and ice. My version uses more natural flavors, using real pineapple juice instead of pineapple ginger syrup. In addition, the ingredients are more easily accessible:
- Matcha Green Tea Powder – Make sure to use fresh matcha powder for the best flavor and bright green color. Old green tea powder has less flavor with a dull green color. You can buy them at the local grocery store or order online from Amazon.
- Pineapple Juice – Original Starbucks drink uses pineapple ginger syrup for the pineapple and ginger flavor. I find the pineapple juice gives a better fruity flavor to this drink. If you prefer to use the syrup, you can order Pineapple Syrup online from Amazon.
- Ginger – I used ginger powder to save time, but you can use fresh ginger or stem ginger.
- Coconut Milk – It adds a silky richness and creaminess to this drink. Coconut milk beverage works better than canned coconutmilk, which contains solid chunky lumps of some white stuff. You can sub soy milk or almond milk, but it changes the flavor quite a bit. I would give coconut milk a try first as it tastes amazing.
- Syrup of Your Choice – You can use simple syrup, pineapple syrup, or other syrup. Alternatively, you can substitute honey or sugar. For a healthy option, use Stevia instead.
- Ice cubes
Pro Tip: Matcha green tea powder should be stored in the refrigerator once it’s opened. Use a container that’s as air-tight and light-tight as possible.
How to Make Starbucks Pineapple Matcha at Home
1. Whisk together matcha green tea powder, ginger powder, and 1/3 cup pineapple juice.
2. Mix VERY WELL until dissolved.
3. In a large pitcher, add coconut milk and the rest of the pineapple juice.
4. Pour in the green tea and ginger powder mixture. Mix well.
5. Add syrup to your desired sweetness.
6. Fill a glass halfway with ice and pour the mixture into the glass. Serve and enjoy this green iced beverage immediately.
Tips for this Recipe
- To make sure the green tea powder and ginger powder dissolve properly, you’ll need to mix them with a small amount of pineapple juice first. Mix very well until there are no clumps of powder in the mixture.
- Matcha green tea powder gives your drink a nice green color. You can adjust the amount to make the color lighter or darker.
- If you don’t like the tiny white particles in the drink, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter before adding the syrup.
- You can customize the sweetness of your pineapple green tea drink. Start with a small amount of syrup or sugar, taste, and gradually add more for the perfect subtle touch.
What Does Starbucks’ Iced Pineapple Matcha Taste Like?
It’s a refreshing drink with a perfect balance among sweetened matcha, pineapple, and creamy coconut milk with a hint of ginger flavor.
Review of this Drink
Since Starbucks unveiled pineapple matcha green tea drink this spring, it has become so popular on social media like Instagram. The nice, springtime green color from the matcha is a big hit, and many fans view this drink as one of the best-tasting items. The flavors are so refreshing, and many claim that it’s a perfect summer day iced beverage!
Does Starbucks Pineapple Matcha Have Caffeine?
Yes, this drink has caffeine in it and will give you a boost of energy.
Is Starbucks Pineapple Matcha Good for You?
Ingredients such as matcha green tea, ginger, and pineapple are good for you, but a lot of calories are coming from added sugar. If you want to make your pineapple matcha healthier, you and ask your barista to cut back on the number of pumps in the drink.
If you’re making it at home, you can easily adjust the amount of syrup to lower the sugar level.
How many calories in a grande Starbucks pineapple matcha?
A 16-ounce grande Starbucks pineapple matcha contains 170 calories, 5 grams total fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat, 115 mg sodium, 30 grams total carbohydrates, 2 grams dietary fiber, 27 grams sugars, 2 grams protein, and 80 mg caffeine.
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Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink Recipe (with VIDEO)
- 1 cup pineapple juice divided
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk I used non-sweetened, full-fat. If you use sweetened, you’ll need to reduce the amount of sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
- 2-3 tablespoons simple syrup (or honey, you can adjust the sweetness by using more or less)
- ice cubes
- In a small bowl, whisk together matcha green tea powder, ginger powder, and 1/3 cup of pineapple juice until dissolved. (Make sure you mix it very well and there’s no lumps.)
- In a large pitcher, add coconut milk, the rest of the pineapple juice, and the matcha green tea mixture. Mix well.
- Add syrup to your desired sweetness. (It’s important to start with a small amount, and gradually add more.)
- Fill a glass halfway with ice and pour the mixture into the glass. Serve and enjoy immediately.
- To make sure the matcha powder and ginger powder dissolve properly, you’ll need to mix them with a small amount of pineapple juice first. Mix very well until there are no clumps of powder in the mixture.
- Matcha green tea powder gives your drink a nice green color. You can adjust the amount of matcha powder to make the color lighter or darker.
- If you don’t like the tiny white particles (from the powder) in the drink, strain the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter before adding the syrup.
- You can customize the sweetness of your pineapple green tea drink. Start with a small amount of syrup or sugar, taste, and gradually add more for the perfect subtle touch. Use stevia for a healthy option.