Go green with matcha ice cubes! Incredibly easy to make, load up your glass with matcha ice cubes and add cold milk, coffee, tea, sparkling soda or water...or more matcha tea! It's a refreshing take on a Japanese tea favorite!
If you love matcha, here's a new way to enjoy it that you're going to love!
Matcha ice cubes literally take only 2 ingredients to make...water and matcha powder...and you can literally get the mixture made and in the freezer in about 5 minutes!
What Type of Matcha Powder Do I use?
I am not a matcha tea connoisseur, but there are different grades, "ceremonial" being a more expensive one. That being said there are also plenty of "everyday" matcha tea powders that, I think, are also good, and it is all just a matter of trying them out and finding one that you like most. The one I like using most of my matcha recipes is Rishi Everyday Matcha.
Making the Matcha Liquid
As I mentioned, all it takes is two ingredients: the matcha powder and water!
The easiest way to make the matcha liquid is to add the matcha powder to room temperature water in a resealable jar and shake it really well. Not all the powder will dissolve, but this is common for any type of matcha drink.
Can I add sweetener?
You can add some sweetener at this stage, but I prefer not to since you can easily pour a sweetened beverage over the ice cubes in your glass. Keeping the ice cubes as purely matcha gives you more control and flexibility over your drink and how it tastes.
After shaking the matcha liquid in the jar, transfer it immediately into your ice cube tray. Pour directly from the jar, or transfer to a spouted measuring cup to make it easier. Once your tray is full, get it into the freezer and leave it until the cubes are frozen solid, at least 6 hours.
Once you've got your matcha ice cubes, there are several drinks you can use them for!
Add some cubes to your glass and pour over:
- Cold water
- Coconut milk
- Sparkling water
The ice cubes will slowly melt and infuse your drink of choice. Note that it's common to see some matcha powder settle a bit on the bottom of your glass as the cubes melt. All you have to do is give it a stir with your straw to redistribute it in your drink.
For a stronger matcha flavor that doesn't get watered down by regular ice cubes, I like pouring in more matcha tea and then topping that off with some milk for an iced matcha latte!
More Matcha Recipes
If you're interested in trying another matcha drink, check out my Iced Matcha Tea Latte. This drink is also super easy to make and can be whipped up in just a couple of minutes. It's one of my favorite refreshing matcha go-to drinks!
And if you're looking for a different way to enjoy matcha, try my Chewy Matcha Mochi Bites. They are a breeze to whip up and make a great snack or treat all on their own or when paired with any hot or cold beverage.
Matcha Ice Cubes
- 1 cup room temperature water
- 2 tablespoons matcha powder
- 1 Ice Cube Tray
- 1 Jar with a tight fitting lid
- In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine water and matcha powder and shake vigorously for about 1 minute.
- Pouring directly from the jar or transferring to a measuring cup with a spout, fill an ice cube tray with the matcha mixture.
- Freeze until ice cubes are solid, at least 6 hours.
- Place matcha cubes in a glass and add milk, matcha tea, coconut milk, sparkling water, or coffee, etc.
- As the matcha ice cubes melt, some of the matcha may settle in your glass. Simply stir with your straw or a spoon to redistribute it in the drink.
- Make your drink more matcha by filling your glass halfway with more matcha drink before adding milk or coffee to top it up.
- Instead of using milk, pour sparkling water over the ice cubes for an even more refreshing drink!