This bright green Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink is made with coconut milk, matcha green tea, pineapple and ginger – just like the version at Starbucks!
Ingredients in this recipe
You don't need many ingredients to make this Starbucks drink at home! The best part is that you can have these ingredients on hand at home for up to a month in order to use for future drinks.
Here's what you need:
- Matcha green tea powder
- pineapple juice
- coconut milk
- sugar, water and gingerroot for the syrup
How to make this drink
Making this drink is super easy. Here's how:
- Add sugar, pineapple juice, water and ginger to a large mason jar and microwave for 5 minutes until mixture is boiling to make the syrup. Chill in the fridge.
- Meanwhile, assemble ingredients for your drink when ready.
- Add pineapple ginger syrup, matcha tea, pineapple juice and coconut milk to a cocktail shaker or shaker bottle. Shake to combine.
- Add a handful of ice to a large glass.
- Pour drink overtop.
- Serve and enjoy!
What does Matcha pineapple taste like?
Unlike some of the other Starbucks drinks like the Mango Dragonfruit refresher, this drink has less fruity flavour.
You will definitely notice the presence of pineapple and coconut milk, so it’s very tropical tasting and refreshing. However, the Matcha flavour really shines as well, making a smooth tasting drink that is perfect any time of the day.
Making & storing the pineapple ginger syrup
The pineapple ginger syrup is a lot like a simple syrup, made with equal parts of water and sugar. But with the addition of pineapple juice and ginger, this syrup is less sweet than simple syrup. It’s absolutely delicious!
Because we make it in a microwave instead of on the stove top, it’s super simple to make, too. This is how it’s done:
- Add sugar, water, pineapple juice and ginger to a large mason jar.
- Place the lid on top of the jar and shake for a few seconds to combine everything.
- Remove the lid and place the jar in the microwave. Cook on high power for 5 minutes, or until the mixture boils.
- Use oven mitts to remove the hot jar from the microwave. Stir the pineapple ginger syrup and then store the jar in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Without changing the flavour of your drink, there are not very many ingredient substitutions available for this recipe.
However, you can easily lower the calories and sugar in the drink by using unsweetened coconut milk.
When you make the pineapple ginger syrup, feel free to use any cup-for-cup sugar substitute of your choice.
Also, if you use fresh pineapple juice rather than juice concentrate, you can feel good knowing that the source of the sugar is all-natural.
Does the Matcha pineapple have caffeine?
Many people mistakenly believe that matcha and other green tea varieties are naturally caffeine-free. The fact is, depending on the brand of tea you use, the caffeine in one cup of matcha is typically between 25 and 70mg.
In comparison, a cup of mild-brew coffee has about 70mg of caffeine.
If staying away from caffeine is important to you, look at the store for one of the decaffeinated brands available.
Is matcha healthy?
Although matcha green tea does have caffeine in it, it also has some key nutrients known as polyphenols.
Studies show that green tea may be beneficial in helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Also, it may help to curb food cravings. As a result, it can encourage weight loss!
Calories in this drink vs Starbucks
Using ingredients identical to the ones shown in my recipe, one serving (16 oz.) of this recipe for iced pineapple matcha has 174 calories and 3 grams of fat.
According to the nutrition information shown on the Starbucks website, an equal serving of their iced pineapple matcha has 170 calories and 5 grams of fat.
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Meal prep tools for this recipe
Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
- 2 tbsp pineapple ginger syrup
- 1 tbsp Matcha green tea powder
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 1 handful ice
Pineapple ginger syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 piece gingerroot (about 3 inches long)
- Add sugar, pineapple juice, water and ginger to a large mason jar. Microwave for 5 minutes until mixture is boiling and stir well to combine. Let chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.
- When ready to serve, add pineapple ginger syrup, matcha, pineapple juice and coconut milk to a cocktail shaker or shaker bottle. Shake to combine.
- Add a handful of ice to a large glass, then pour drink overtop. Serve and enjoy!