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The Most Delicious 13 Green Tea and Matcha Starbucks Drinks

August 30, 2021

Want the lowdown on the best green tea and matcha Starbucks drinks? Well, you can find a complete and comprehensive list of the top beverages right here!

Green Tea Starbucks Drinks

Here are the green tea drinks that you should consider ordering:

1. Jade Citrus Mint Tea

This drink consists of organic green tea blended with lemongrass, lemon verbena, and a hint of spearmint. The inclusion of these flavors helps to balance out the grassiness that can be expected with green tea. Instead, you are treated to a burst of citrus-y tang, sweetness, and just a note of hint.

This creates a vibrant and refreshing drink. Best of all, this delicious beverage doesn't contain any calories at all. And, because of the flavors at work here you will not feel the need to add any ingredients at all, making it one of the lightest drink options around.

3. Honey Citrus Mint Tea

Feel like the Jade Citrus Mint tea could use a further boost in flavor? Well, then here's the Honey Citrus Mint tea for you! In addition to the Jade Citrus Mint tea blend, Peach Tranquility is also added to the mix. This lends notes of peach, apple, candied pineapple, and rose hips. This is sweetened by the hooney blend.

If you are looking for a true infusion of flavors, then you will not be able to find a better drink on the Starbucks menu than this one! Now, it isn't free of calories due to the honey blend. However, if you want something sweet and lower in calories, this should be at the top of your list.

5. Iced Green Tea

This iced green tea is perfect for a hot summer day! The green tea is blended with spearmint, lemongrass, and lemon verbena, ensuring a refreshing mix of flavors that will certainly perk you up. Shaken with ice, it is the ultimate cold treat.

If this beverage wasn't enticing enough, you will be also thrilled to learn that it is completely guilt-free as it doesn't have any calories. Of course, if you were considering sweetening it, a pump or two of liquid cane sugar will seal the deal.

7. Iced Green Tea Lemonade

Thought the iced green tea couldn't get anymore refreshing? Well, think again! One of the most favored iced drinks, green tea lemonade adds tang and sweetness to lemongrass, lemon verbena, and mint flavors of Starbucks green tea.

The flavors are combined together perfectly, ensuring that one doesn't dominate over the other. The result is a drink that is cool, tart, and just the right level of sweet. It is sure to become your go-to drink on a warm day.

2. Emperor’s Clouds & Mist

Are you looking for straight-up green tea, with nothing else added to it? Then, this is one of the few drinks that actually provide you with this. The Emperor’s Clouds & Mist is a unique tea drink, with the leaves grown at 3,500 feet, where it is particurly misty, hence the name.

This drink is known for its delicate and smoky flavor. It is also naturally sweet, quite unlike the traditional green teas that you may be used to. As such, it is the perfect option for anyone who isn't a big fan of green tea but is trying to be healthier.

Best of all, there is just 16mg of caffeine in the drink, ensuring that you won't feel too jittery after enjoying it.

4. Teavana Sparkling Unsweetened Peach Nectarine Green Tea

This gorgeous drink allows you to punch up the flavors of green tea while still being as healthy as possible. As the name suggests, this drink is free of added sugars. Don't let this fool you into thinking that this means that it lacks flavor.

On the contrary, this beverage boasts notes of peach, apples, rose hips, licorice root, lemongrass, and hibiscus. The floral and fruity notes of these flavors lend a natural sweetness to the delicious drink. The carbonated water adds fizz, making it all the more revitalizing.

6. Iced Peach Green Tea

Low in calories but high in flavor, this drink is incredibly pleasant! Here, the green tea blend is mixed in with peach flavored fruit juice. These two complex flavors work really well together, creating a sweet yet balanced drink.

8. Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade

If you want to take things up a notch in the flavor department, then why not add lemonade to the mix? The lemonade doesn't do anything to diminish the bold flavors of green tea and peach. Instead, it enhances them and brings a bit more tartness to the drink as well!

Starbucks Matcha Drinks

Here are the beverages you simply have to check out!

9. Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink

Sweet, spicy, and creamy - this iced pineapple matcha drink has it all! Here, the matcha tea blend is blended with coconut milk. Then, pineapple ginger syrup is added to the mix. It really is unlike anything that you have tasted before and certainly one of the best matcha offerings around.

Now, the iced pineapple matcha drink isn't always available on the official menu. However, you can just ask your barista to blend the matcha, coconut milk, and syrup together and you will be able to create your very own version! As one of the more frequently requested Starbucks matcha drinks, your barista will know just how to prepare it.

11. Matcha Green Tea Latte

If you are looking for a slightly more decadent drink, then here is the matcha green tea latte for you. The matcha green tea is topped off with steamed milk, creating a sweet, smooth, and creamy drink. This offers up not only a great taste but also delightful mouthfeel.

Why not try a different kind of milk to elevate your matcha green tea latte? Soy milk works especially well with this Japanese green tea blend. Almond milk will add a wonderful nuttiness to it. If you are looking for an ultra-creamy beverage, though, stick to dairy milk.

10. Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

This iced matcha green tea latte is the perfect treat for a warm day. The smooth and creamy matcha is carefully blended with milk and then poured over ice. This helps to create a deliciously cohesive drink that offers you just the right amount of sweetness without going overboard. It is easy to see why this is one of the more popular Starbucks matcha drinks.

12. Matcha Lemonade

On the surface, matcha powder and lemonade may not seem like they will work well together. However, one sip of this beverage will make you change your mind. Here, smooth and creamy matcha is thoroughly blended with the tart lemonade.

This creaets a deliciously refreshing matcha lemonade. The sweetness of the matcha is balanced out by the citrus-y tones of the lemonade, allowing the two flavors to complement each other perfectly.

13. Matcha Crème Frappuccino

This is the ultimate frozen treat! If you have a sweet tooth, then these flavors are sure to make you very happy. The matcha tea blend is mixed with Crème Frappuccino syrup, milk, and ice. This creates an ultra-creamy and sweet drink that is then topped off with whipped cream.

How to Customize Your Starbucks Matcha Drinks

Since Starbuck's focus is on coffee, their matcha drinks can feel a little limited. However, this doesn't mean that you have to restrict yourself. Instead, you can tweak the existing Starbucks matcha drinks to create a new and interesting beverage.

Here are some of the ideas for customized matcha drinks that you should consider:

Extra Matcha Green Tea

Do you really love the taste of matcha green tea? Or maybe, you just enjoy stronger drinks in general. If this is the case, you may want to ask for an additional scoop or more of matcha tea.

This will make your matcha green tea latte a lot tastier, sweeter, and creamier. However, you should especially consider this option if you are ordering iced matcha drinks. As these bevrages are often mixed with ice, there is a chance for it to taste a bit more diluted.

If this is something that you want to steer clear off, then first ask for one extra scoop of matcha green tea in your iced matcha green tea latte or other beverage. Run a taste test and determine if this is enough. Then, adjust accordingly.

Plant Based Milks

Even if you don't drink plant based milks regularly, you may want to give it a shot with matcha green tea. This is because you will find that plant based milks can actually complement the natural flavors of matcha drinks a little better.

This is especially true for soy milk, which is a more traditional option for this drink. Don't worry, soy milk can be just as creamy as the dairy version, although the flavor can seem quite different. Thus, it should work well in a matcha green tea latte.

If you would like to add a hint of nuttiness to the mix, then try almond milk. It is also a great option if you are trying to cut down on sugar and calories.

Coconut milk is a bit of an unorthodox choice but does work quite well with the matcha powder used in Starbucks. In fact, as you will have seen above, some of the matcha drinks already contain coconut milk. However, feel free to add it to your matcha green tea latte for a bit more of a tropical taste.

Mix in Flavored Syrups and Sauces

The one thing that you will notice about matcha drinks on the Starbucks menu is that they don't include any syrups. This, of course, is because the matcha powder used in the matcha green tea is already pretty sweet and tasty.

This doesn't mean that you should automatically skip the syrups in your matcha drinks, though. Instead, why not experiment a little? One of the best accompaniments to matcha is white chocolate, so go ahead and ask for some white mocha sauce in your drink.

Not feeling quite so bold, then ask for a pump or two of vanilla syrup in your drink. There is even the sugar free version if you are trying to lower your sugar intake. If you don't mind stepping things up, then consider a hint of toffee nut syrup instead.

In case you are just looking to sweeten your matcha green tea, then add some brown sugar syrup. This will add some sweetness to the mix while also adding some depth and complexity to the matcha drinks.

Of course, this choice is entirely up to you! Don't be afraid to go ahead and test out your own concoctions. You may end up pleasantly surprised by what you create.

Some Notes on Starbucks Green Tea and Matcha Drinks

It is important to be aware that Starbucks is more concerned with taste than it is with health. This is true for regular green tea as well as the matcha drinks. Due to this, it is important to be well-informed about exactly what is going into your favorite concoctions.

What Green Tea Does Starbucks Have?

First off, what kind of green tea does Starbucks use? Well, the company isn't very forthcoming about this. The hot teas are made with Teavana blends. While other plain brews, are various green tea blended together.

The company doesn't really say anything about where the green tea leaves are sourced from. Due to this, it is nearly impossible to tell the kind of quality that you are dealing with.

To add to this, the green tea leaves are often mixed together with various other ingredients including flavorings, colorings, and sometimes even sugar. Therefore, there isn't too much of green tea content in the drinks you are enjoying.

Is Starbucks Green Tea Healthy?

Well, this does remain to be seen. As mentioned, you can't guarantee quality and there are just too many other ingredients blended in. Therefore, you are unlikely to benefit too greatly from drinking this green tea.

Nevertheless, when compared to other Starbucks' drinks, you may just discover that certain green tea drinks may be lower in sugar, calories, and even caffeine. Thus, in comparison, the green tea drinks may be considered a healthier option.

The Starbucks Matcha Tea Blend

The other thing that you need to know is that Starbucks uses its own signature matcha tea blend. Unlike other Japanese green tea powders, this one is blended together with sugar. Therefore, no matter what you order, your drink will always contain some sugar.

Needless to say, this means that the Starbucks Japanese green tea powder mix isn't nearly as healthy as other commercially available options. Not to mention, the overall quality is compromised as well. However, the drinks do taste far tastier.

There you have it - the lowdown on all the matcha and green tea drinks that Starbucks can offer you. Now you know precisely what you can order. And, don't forget, you are free to get creative and come up with your own!

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About the Author
Dr. Dheena Sadik
Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry.
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