Today I am going to explain to you how to make my absolute favorite Starbucks drink with just THREE ingredients!!
When It comes to caffeine, this girl can’t handle too much of it. I don’t know if it is because I have never been a coffee drinker so I just haven’t built up the tolerance for it, or if my stomach really just can’t handle it. Sadly I’m pretty sure it’s the second reason. It’s really unfortunate because I really do love the taste and especially the smell of fresh coffee. I tried to drink coffee during college when I would have a lot of homework to do and not a lot of time to get it done. It definitely gave me the energy I needed when writing those boring papers on topics I cared nothing about, but my stomach always paid for it after.
I was super bummed that I couldn’t have coffee to help get me through those long work/school days, so I started looking for alternatives. I knew I loved tea, but I usually just drank decaffeinated ones at night. Once I started drinking caffeinated ones on my busy mornings, my life changed lol. FINALLY I could get some energy without getting sick! Obviously the tea wasn’t as energizing but hey, it got me up and moving in the morning and that’s all that mattered. We all have those mornings where you know you need some caffeine in your blood or you might not get off of the couch. Sometimes caffeine is the simple key to a productive day, it’s the sad truth and you know it! Well, that and a good uplifting attitude about your day ahead (thank you self help books)!
Even if you don’t want to admit it, we all love a good Starbucks beverage. Maybe it’s the fancy cups or the impeccable photo of your drink for your instagram feed, or maybe it’s just the pleasant vibes the Starbucks lounge gives off. Either way, so many of us love to indulge in a drink from there every once in a while, or every week, or for some probably every day. But we all know that Starbucks can be pricey, especially for those who love to get it a few times a week. I don’t know about you but I definitely can’t afford to get Starbucks even a few times a week. If i did, it would be about $15 a week, and $60 a month! That’s just crazy if you think about how much people spend on fancy coffee. What if I told you that you could make some of the same drinks at home for way less money?
I have a few different favorite drinks from Starbucks, but my favorite one as of this year is the Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte. If you’re reading this and thinking, what the heck is matcha green tea? I thought the same thing a few months ago. Matcha and green tea actually are derived from the same plant. The main difference is that matcha comes in a powder form, and green tea usually comes in the form of tea bags. So basically matcha is green tea leaves ground into a fine powder. Matcha definitely tastes different than your average green tea bag, it’s a much more creamy and rich flavor, but if you like green tea, you will most likely enjoy this drink. And for those of you who already know you love this drink, I will share with you how to make it today!
The thing about this drink is that, yes it is super easy to make, but you most likely won’t just have these ingredients sitting around at home. Well, you probably have milk, but probably not the other two ingredients! But if you really like this drink, it is definitely worth it to buy the ingredients and make this at home!
Here are the three ingredients you will need to make a matcha green tea latte:
- 1 cup Milk (I use cow milk, but you can use almond, coconut, etc.)
- 1-2 TSP Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1 TBSP Vanilla Syrup (the exact one Starbucks uses)
- As much ice as you want
Okay so I lied I guess that’s technically four ingredients instead of 3! But who really counts ice as an ingredient lol.
My favorite way to mix my drink together is with my Nurti Ninja Pro Blender. The first time I made it, I tried mixing it with just a spoon and it did not work good at all. The powder was hard to break up that way and ended up being really chunky. If you don’t have a Ninja or a blender or some sort, or you don’t want to spend the money on one, there is another way to mix it. You can use a handheld milk frother, I have never used a frother before for this drink so I am not sure how well it works guys. But if you are looking to spend less money, it is worth a shot! I would imagine it would work just fine.
And that is it! Seriously guys, this is SO easy and so delicious!
Like I said, you probably won’t have these ingredients at home, and I had a hard time finding matcha powder in grocery stores near me. But that’s why I love Amazon. If you have a Prime membership like me, it will ship in two days! Plus you really can’t beat the price of the matcha I linked. I was worried because I was buying what seemed to be a cheaper bag, that the drink wouldn’t taste anything like Starbucks, but I was totally wrong. It truly is so yummy and delicious! The best part about this drink is that you can make it a pretty low calorie drink, depending on what type of milk you use. Mine usually ends up being around only 200 calories! Also, I really do believe that tea, green tea especially, makes you way more focused than coffee does, and you don’t get those crazy coffee jitters!
I hope you guys enjoyed my copycat Starbucks drink recipe, let me know in the comments if you have ever tried this drink from Starbucks, and if not, what is your favorite drink!?
It’s a beautiful day to drink some tea!