7 Green Tea Drink Recipes (Plus Popsicles!)

Green tea is an acquired taste for many people, but it can be delicious and seriously refreshing. And you can make so many delicious drinks with it!

Green tea has long been revered for its impressive health benefits, from boosting metabolism to reducing inflammation. It also contains natural chemicals that reduce your anxiety from stress.

Green tea latte in a white mug on a wooden table

From classic iced green tea to creative matcha-based concoctions, these recipes show you just how many ways there are to incorporate the health benefits of green tea into your daily routine.

Be aware that green tea does have some caffeine – less than either coffee or black tea. There are decaf varieties available, if you prefer to avoid caffeine completely. Look for brands that say “naturally decaffeinated” to avoid chemicals that aren’t particularly good for you or the ecology.

How to Brew Green Tea

For the best flavor, green tea should brew for 1-2 minutes in water just under the boiling point. Whatever blend you buy should have the ideal instructions for it on the box or tin. If you do brew it longer or hotter, it may taste bitter, but the good news is you’ll get more of the polyphenols that are so good for you.

Green Tea Drink Recipes

Classic Iced Green Tea

One of the most popular and versatile ways to enjoy green tea is in the form of an iced tea. This refreshing beverage is perfect for hot summer days or as a pick-me-up any time of the year.

Ingredients:

  • 4 green tea bags or 4 teaspoons loose-leaf green tea
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar (optional)
  • Lemon slices (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or kettle.
  2. Remove the water from heat and add the green tea bags or loose-leaf tea. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on your desired strength.
  3. Remove the tea bags or strain the loose-leaf tea.
  4. Transfer the green tea to a pitcher and let it cool to room temperature.
  5. Once cooled, stir in the honey or agave nectar, if using, until dissolved.
  6. Add ice cubes to the pitcher and refrigerate until chilled.
  7. Serve the iced green tea over ice, garnished with lemon slices, if desired.

This classic iced green tea is a refreshing and hydrating drink that you can enjoy throughout the day. The natural sweetness of the honey or agave complements the earthy flavor of the green tea, creating a perfectly balanced beverage.

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Matcha, the vibrant green powder made from finely ground green tea leaves, has become increasingly popular in recent years. This versatile ingredient can be used to create a delightful and frothy green tea latte.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
  • 1 cup of hot water (around 175°F/80°C)
  • 1 cup of milk (dairy, almond, soy, or oat)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the matcha powder with a small amount of the hot water until it forms a smooth, lump-free paste.
  2. Slowly add the remaining hot water while continuing to whisk until the mixture is well combined and frothy.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it’s steaming and slightly foamy.
  4. Pour the hot milk into the matcha mixture and whisk vigorously to incorporate air and create a creamy, frothy texture.
  5. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup, if desired.
  6. Pour the matcha latte into a mug and enjoy immediately.

The combination of the earthy matcha and the creamy, frothy milk creates a truly indulgent and comforting drink. The natural sweetness of the honey or maple syrup can be added to balance the flavors to your liking.

Refreshing Honey-Lemon Green Tea

This bright and tangy green tea drink is the perfect pick-me-up on a hot day. The combination of green tea, honey, and lemon creates a refreshing and hydrating beverage.

Ingredients:

  • 4 green tea bags or 4 teaspoons of loose-leaf green tea
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or kettle.
  2. Remove the water from heat and add the green tea bags or loose-leaf tea. Let it steep for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags or strain the loose-leaf tea.
  4. Transfer the green tea to a pitcher and stir in the honey until dissolved.
  5. Add the fresh lemon juice and stir to combine.
  6. Refrigerate the honey-lemon green tea until chilled.
  7. Serve over ice, garnished with lemon slices.

The bright, tangy lemon flavor perfectly complements the earthy notes of the green tea, while the honey adds a touch of sweetness to balance the overall taste. This refreshing drink is sure to quench your thirst and provide a boost of antioxidants.

Creamy Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

For a nutrient-dense and creamy green tea-based smoothie, try this delightful matcha smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen spinach or kale
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a high-speed blender, combine the matcha powder, almond milk, frozen banana, and frozen greens.
  2. Blend on high speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. If desired, add the honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract, and blend again until well incorporated.
  4. Pour the matcha smoothie into a glass and enjoy immediately.

This matcha smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with antioxidants from the green tea, fiber and vitamins from the greens, and natural sweetness from the banana and honey. It’s a delicious and healthy way to start your day or enjoy as a midday snack.

Sparkling Matcha Green Tea Soda

For a unique and refreshing twist on green tea, try this sparkling matcha soda. The carbonation and subtle sweetness create a delightful and invigorating beverage.

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
  • 1/2 cup of hot water
  • 1/4 cup of honey or agave nectar
  • 1 cup of sparkling water or seltzer
  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the matcha powder with the hot water until it forms a smooth, lump-free paste.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the honey or agave nectar with 1/4 cup of water over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sweetener is dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  3. In a tall glass, combine the matcha mixture, the honey or agave syrup, and the sparkling water or seltzer. Stir gently to combine.
  4. Add ice cubes to the glass and enjoy immediately.

This sparkling matcha soda is a refreshing and unique way to incorporate green tea into your diet. The carbonation adds a fun and bubbly element, while the honey or agave provides a subtle sweetness to balance the earthy matcha flavor.

Ginger-Lemon Green Tea

For an immune-boosting and soothing green tea drink, try this ginger-lemon variation. The combination of green tea, fresh ginger, and lemon creates a flavorful and comforting beverage.

Ingredients:

  • 4 green tea bags or 4 teaspoons of loose-leaf green tea
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or kettle.
  2. Remove the water from heat and add the green tea bags or loose-leaf tea and the sliced ginger. Let it steep for 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags or strain the loose-leaf tea and ginger.
  4. Stir in the fresh lemon juice and honey (if using) until the honey is dissolved.
  5. Serve the ginger-lemon green tea warm or over ice.

The ginger in this recipe adds a soothing, slightly spicy element, while the lemon provides a bright, tangy contrast. This comforting drink is not only delicious but also packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties from the green tea and ginger.

Chilled Matcha Green Tea Latte Popsicles

For a refreshing and guilt-free treat, try these chilled matcha green tea latte popsicles. They’re perfect for hot summer days or as a healthy dessert option.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 2 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder
  • 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond milk, matcha powder, and honey or maple syrup (if using) until the matcha is fully dissolved and the mixture is well combined.
  2. Carefully pour the matcha latte mixture into popsicle molds, leaving a small amount of space at the top for expansion.
  3. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze the molds for at least 4 hours, or until completely frozen.
  4. Once frozen, gently remove the popsicles from the molds and enjoy!

These matcha green tea latte popsicles are a refreshing and guilt-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth. The creamy, frothy texture and the vibrant green color make them a delightful and visually appealing treat.

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Last Updated:

May 23, 2024