A deliciously sweet, tart, and earthy matcha lemonade just like the one you get at Starbucks only with fewer calories, and WAY less sugar! It’s a refreshing lemonade green tea you can enjoy all summer long!
Here in Northern Virginia the warm weather is here! Summer is in full swing. My oldest son finished school on Friday, and now we’re plunging right into summertime activities like swim team, tennis, and camp!
He had his first swim meet of the season on Monday evening, and won his heat for freestyle! We are SO proud!
But all this time in the hot sun by the pool cheering for my son requires a cool refreshing drink! Those swim meets are LONG!
This matcha lemonade recipe is the perfect drink to enjoy poolside, or wherever you plan to spend your summer days. It’s half lemonade, half matcha tea.
It’s lightly sweetened, with a refreshing tart lemon flavor, plus a hint of caffeine to get you through the day! I make a cup full with lots of ice, and put it in my to-go cup to take with me while I run errands, and shuffle my kids from one activity to next.
Matcha has become one of my favorite new drinks! In the morning I mix a matcha latte, and in the afternoons I’m all about this lemonade!
This simple recipe takes about 5 minutes, and requires 4 simple ingredients. It makes one large serving or two smaller servings.
Why This Recipe Works
- Cool and refreshing summer drink
- A quarter of the calories of the Starbucks drink
- More than a quarter of the sugar as the Starbucks version
- High in antioxidants and vitamin C
- Only 5 minutes to make
- 4 Simple Ingredients
- A healthy pick-me-up!
Recipe Ingredients and Notes
Ice Cold Water: Use fresh filtered cold water for the best results. You’ll need 1 cup or 8 ounces of water.
Lemon Juice: Squeeze the juice of one lemon, and remove any seeds. Fresh lemon juice is the best! One lemon will yield ¼ cup of juice.
Pure Matcha Powder: This earthy green tea powder packs a powerful punch. All you need is one teaspoon to achieve the earthy flavor.
Maple Syrup: For added sweetness, use a touch of maple syrup. You can also use a simple syrup which is more traditional. However, I prefer the maple syrup as it is vegan friendly, and less processed than cane sugar.
Ice Cubes: You’ll need enough ice to fill two small glasses.
Tools and Equipment
- A cocktail shaker or smoothie cup with a sealable lid to combine all the ingredients easily.
- Measuring spoons for measuring out the maple syrup and matcha.
- Measuring cup for measuring the water.
- Citrus juicer to squeeze the lemon juice.
Squeeze the Lemon Juice: Using a citrus juicer squeeze the juice from one lemon. Remove any seeds from the juice. One lemon will yield about ¼ cup of lemon juice.
Combine Juice and Water: Pour the lemon juice into a cocktail shaker or large smoothie cup with a sealable lid. Then add half a cup of water, and the maple syrup. Secure the lid and shake until combined, about 15-30 seconds.
Add Matcha: Remove the lid and add the matcha powder and the rest of the water. Secure the lid and shake again until combined, about 15-30 seconds.
Pour Over Ice: Fill two glasses with ice. Pour the lemonade over the top. Enjoy!
Matcha powder is made from the green tea leaf. One teaspoon of matcha has about 68 grams of caffeine. It’s high in antioxidants, and a healthy alternative to coffee.
If you’re a fan of the Starbucks Matcha Lemonade, you’re going to love this recipe! It has fewer calories, less sugar, and will save you some serious money! A grande from Starbucks has 120 calories, and 27 grams of sugar. This recipe has 41 calories and 6 grams of sugar for two servings, or 82 calories, and 12 grams of sugar for one large serving. That’s more than half the amount of sugar in the Starbucks drink!
This recipe is low in calories, low in sugar, high in antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, and rich in vitamins and minerals. The lemon juice adds vitamin C, and helps aid in digestion. Lemons also help to promote weight loss. The polyphenol antioxidants in lemons have shown to reduce weight gain. Matcha is known to have a calming effect that reduces anxiety! What better drink to enjoy during the chaos of summer!
Serve over ice. I like to fill my to-go cup all the way to the top with ice, and pour the lemonade over it. It stays nice and cold and refreshing throughout the afternoon.
Store in the refrigerator in a container with a lid. A glass jar would work great. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Use your favorite matcha powder brand. Matcha varies in cost. You can find it anywhere from $10-$80. The more green the matcha powder the more expensive. I recommend starting off with a mid-cost matcha to see if you like it before investing in one that is pricey.
- Garnish with fresh lemon slices.
Variations and Substitutions
Make a Simple Syrup: Most lemonades are made with a simple syrup. If you’d like to make your own, instead of using the maple syrup for sweetness. Combine two teaspoons of organic cane sugar with two teaspoons of hot water. If you prefer a sweeter flavor use up to 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of hot water.
Non-Vegan Version: If you don’t have maple syrup you can use honey. Honey is quite thick, so combine 2 teaspoons of honey with 1 tablespoon of hot water to dilute the honey and create a syrup like consistency.
Sweeter Version: If this lemonade is too tart for you, feel free to add more maple syrup. Add 1 teaspoon at a time to taste.
Limeade Version: To create a limeade version, substitute the lemon juice for lime juice. You’ll need the juice of two limes, or ¼ cup of lime juice since limes are generally smaller than lemons.
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Matcha Lemonade: Starbucks Copycat Recipe
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- Using a citrus juicer squeeze the juice from one lemon. Remove any seeds from the juice. One lemon will yield about ¼ cup of lemon juice.
- Pour the lemon juice into a cocktail shaker or large smoothie cup with a sealable lid. Then add half a cup of ice cold water, and the maple syrup. Secure the lid and shake until combined, about 15-30 seconds.
- Remove the lid and add the matcha powder and the rest of the water. Secure the lid and shake again until combined, about 15-30 seconds.
- Fill two glasses with ice. Pour the lemonade over top. Enjoy!
- Serve over ice.
- Keep in a glass sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Use a moderately priced matcha powder.
- Garnish with lemon slices.