Did you know you can order a green tea Frappuccino at Starbucks? Yes, even when it’s not on the menu. This is one of Starbucks’ most popular ‘secret menu’ items, especially during summer, when green tea is the perfect thirst-quenching, caffeinated drink. Who doesn’t love that pale green hue?
Yes, green tea has caffeine, just like coffee, but it’s much milder, with beautiful herbal undertones and that tea quality hard to describe.
Today we’re making a Starbucks green tea Frappuccino, and it all starts with green tea. You want to use organic matcha tea. Matcha is made from powdering steamed tea leaves, and it’s one of the healthiest types of tea on the planet, and it’s delicious too.
Green tea shines best with milk or any milky substitute, including coconut milk, almond milk, etc. I’m using whole milk below but substitute it with your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk.
We’ll also need a sweetener, and for that, I use my reliable, simple syrup (which I made myself). If you want to make yours, simply dissolve equal parts sugar in water on the stovetop and stir until completely dissolved. Then keep it tightly sealed in the fridge. It keeps almost indefinitely.
Back to our Starbucks green tea Frappuccino, we’re topping ours with whipped cream to make it look just like the original, but that’s basically it — the blender does all the work.
Reader beware. Green tea is super healthy, but this Frappuccino packs quite a lot of calories, so if you’re trying to stay fit, substitute sugar with your favorite low-carb sweetener, I like stevia. It will also help if you base the Frappuccino on almond milk.
Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a decadently sweet, whole milk Frappuccino from time to time. The best part? Although matcha is a bit expensive, we won’t use much, and you’ll still save quite a lot of money when compared to the Starbucks drink!
Frappuccinos are delicious because they’re smooth and icy. Still, they can get watered down soon. You might want to mix the ingredients and pour them over large ice cubes for a green tea iced tea instead — it doesn’t water down that easily.
For an even greener drink, mix the whipped cream with a bit more matcha. It gets this fantastic lemony color that will really make the drink stand out!
In a blender, add the milk, simple syrup (or sugar), matcha powder and ice.
Blend until smooth.
Top with whipped cream.