How To Make A Green Tea Frappuccino

how to make a green tea frappuccino


In this article you will learn how to make a Green Tea Frappuccino. If you have been to Starbucks and never tried their signature Green Tea Frappuccino, you have surely missed out on something pure magic. This drink is so great that you would love it even if you don’t love green tea, per se! This drink would cost you about $4 at a Starbucks café; therefore, you need to know that it doesn’t come cheap. It is so heavenly that you wouldn’t want to share it with your group. This means, you have to spend more on your drinks than you ever imagined!

While you wouldn’t mind doing this on special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, wouldn’t you be glad if we told you that you could drink this daily at your home, at a far lesser cost? Yes, you heard that right! Keep reading below to know how you can make Starbucks-style Green Tea Frappuccino right in your homes in quick and easy steps. You can never thank us enough for suggesting you this, as you don’t have to spend money and time any more to enjoy your favorite drink.

The key ingredient to be used here is matcha powder. So, before we get into this recipe, here is a disclaimer for you. While you can get creative with the other ingredients of this Frappuccino, you can never get the taste right if you replace matcha powder with something else.

In the following sections, we will give you a simple recipe to make Starbucks-style Green Tea Frappuccino in your home, in just under 10 minutes. We will also tell you some alternatives you can try to make this drink healthier and tastier.

Basic Ingredients Needed to Make Starbucks –Style Green Tea Frappuccino

You only need a very few basic ingredients to make Starbucks style green tea Frappuccino right in your home. They are ice, sugar, milk, matcha powder, whipped cream and vanilla extract. Let us take a look at each of these ingredients in a little bit of detail in the below sections to know if there are substitutes available for them.


You can use crushed ice or whole ice cubes to make a green tea Frappuccino. The only thing you need to remember is to make ice cubes from chemical-free water. Please use filtered water for freezing them into ice cubes, as the presence of chemicals, like chlorine, can alter the taste of the drink. Even if you get all the other ingredients right, the green tea Frappuccino may not be up to the expected standards, if you use unfiltered or chemical-rich water.


While the original Starbucks recipe for green tea Frappuccino uses loads of sugar, you can substitute white with brown sugar. You can also use any other natural sweetener like agave nectar, maple syrup, raw honey, stevia and other healthy choices as you prefer.

You will be thrilled to know that the type of sugar used will not alter the taste of this drink at all. Usually, 2 tablespoons of sugar are more than enough for one serving of this Frappuccino. However, to make it as sweet as the one served at Starbucks, you need to use 3 tablespoons of sugar. Follow the same quantity if you are using sugar substitutes.


If you are a lover of the green tea Frappuccino available at Starbucks, you would already be aware that it contains many calories. Here is a disclaimer! If you want to get this authentic taste at home, you shouldn’t mind the calories in your tumbler. The type of milk you use affects the overall quality of the green tea Frappuccino.

It goes without saying that Starbucks uses full-fat milk for making this drink. So, you should also use full-cream milk for making Starbuck-style Frappuccino in your kitchens. However, if you don’t mind the drink being a little thin, you can opt for other skimmed or low-fat milk. You can also consider making the green tea Frappuccino using vegan milk, but the texture of the drink would be far different than what you would get at Starbucks, though. The good thing to note is that this drink’s taste doesn’t get affected even with vegan milk.

Matcha powder

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that this ingredient is the hero of the green tea Frappuccino. Never use any other green tea in place of matcha powder for making this drink. We recommend you use high-quality matcha powder to get the taste of your Frappuccino right. Finely powdered matcha is the most recommended product for making this drink, just like it is made at Starbucks.


Whipped Cream

While you can avoid whipped cream if you are calorie-conscious, we recommend trying it at least a few times. The cream not only makes your drink taste nice and creamy but also improves the visual appeal of the beverage. Don’t you love it when the Frappuccino is served at your table with general dollops of cream on the top at Starbucks? So, why do you want to deny yourself this pleasure when making the drink in your home?

Vanilla Extract

This is not an optional ingredient. We recommend you use about ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract to enhance the flavors of the green tea Frappuccino, and give you a delightful feeling when you sip the first mouthful. However, it is important to be mindful of the quantify of vanilla extract that you must use to get the authentic taste and flavors right. For one serving of this drink, you can use 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of whipped cream and ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Why using matcha powder and not green tea leaves is important to get this taste of green tea Frappuccino right?

Many people may have this doubt in their minds – “Can I use green tea leaves instead of matcha powder for making Starbucks-style green tea Frappuccino at home?” The answer is a strict no. No,  nothing other than matcha powder will work for this recipe. If you have matcha powder readily available in your home, you can carry on with making this recipe.  If you don’t have matcha powder, you should simply skip the idea of making this drink altogether.

Matcha powder is easily available in every supermarket near you. While drinking green tea, you are consuming only the flavors of the green tea leaves, and discarding the leaves. However, in the case of matcha powder, you are consuming the green tea leaves that have been powdered well. So in more ways than one, matcha powder is more beneficial than green tea leaves, as you make full use of the goodness of the leaves in this case. Since it contains caffeine, this drink is sure to stimulate your brain and keep you rejuvenated for the next few hours.

Does matcha powder dissolve in water or milk?

No, unlike salt or sugar crystals, matcha powder doesn’t dissolve completely in water or milk. Even if you choose the finest blend of matcha powder, it would still contain very small pieces of green tea leaves in it. So, while making the Frappuccino, you blend this with milk, ice, and other ingredients well to form a suspension.

We recommend you consume this drink immediately in preparation, as leaving it for a while will cause the small bits of green tea leaves to settle at the bottom of the cup. This leaves behind a not-so-pleasant taste in your mouth after you finished the drink.  You should prepare the drink fresh – as and when you need, to enjoy the authentic flavors bursting in your mouth with every sip.

Steps to make the green tea Frappuccino

Once you have all the ingredients ready, it takes only a few minutes to prepare this drink. Here are the simple steps that you have to follow to make Starbucks-style green tea Frappuccino in your homes in a jiffy:

  • In a blender, mix all the ingredients, except whipped cream, well. Use a medium-sized blender to hold all these contents properly.
  • Blend everything for 30 to 60 seconds to ensure that contents have mixed very well.
  • Pour the blended contents into a tall glass, and top it with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
  • Serve immediately, as the matcha powder will leave a residue at the bottom of the glass if left untouched for a while.
  • There you go! Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino is now available in your home in simple steps.

Some points to note to make this drink just like what you get at Starbucks

  • The quality of matcha powder you use plays a very important role in deciding the quality of the Frappuccino. So, always use high-quality, finely-blend matcha powder for this purpose.
  • Before using matcha powder in the blender, always sift it well, so that it doesn’t form any lumps at the time of blending.
  • To get a smooth and thick consistency of the drink, you should ensure that you blend all the contents well for at least a minute. Most of the time, you get to experience the individual tastes of these contents because they are not blended well. If you don’t already have a blender that can crush ice cubes properly, we recommend you invest in one, as it is important to get the authenticity and flavor of this drink right.
  • If your blender cannot handle ice properly, we recommend you add ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum to the ingredients at the time of blending. This is a binding agent, and helps all the ingredients to blend well and give a thick consistency.
  • When making a vegan version of green tea Frappuccino, we recommend you to use soy milk, almond milk, or oat milk, as these have a naturally thick consistency. However, regardless of the type of milk you use, never miss out on adding vanilla extract, as it will give the required punch to the drink, even though you aren’t using full-cream milk.
  • Always use small ice cubes, as it is easier to work with small-sized ice cubes at the time of blending. Small cubes ensure that the contents mix very well together.
  • We recommend you blend all the contents together for at least 2 minutes, especially if you are using xanthan gum. This ingredient takes a couple of minutes to bind everything together and bring them to a thick consistency.

Some alternatives you can try

  • Instead of using sugar and matcha powder separately, you can use sweetened matcha powder available readily in the stores. As we told you earlier, always buy premium quality Japanese brands of sweetened matcha powder for the best results.
  • If you want to blend all the contents well without forming any lumps, you can add sugar syrup to the blender, instead of granulated or powdered sugar. To make the classic sugar syrup, you can heat equal amounts of sugar and water on a stove. Keep stirring the mixture very well, until all sugar crystals dissolve completely. You can then mix the sweet syrup in the blender and the other ingredients to get a thick mixture.

Choosing premium quality matcha powder for making Frappuccino and other drinks

  • Matcha powder, with its origin in Japan, comes in many forms and varieties. How do you choose the best and premium quality to make a Starbucks-style Green Tea Frappuccino? Here are some tips you can keep in mind for the same:
  • Always check for the labels of the matcha powder packet to see if they are organically grown. Organic matcha powder is free from toxic chemicals, and is rich in amino acids and vitamins.
  • Check for the color of the matcha powder. Always pick matcha that is bright green in color, as this indicates the freshness of the product. The natural chlorophyll of the leaves is what gives the fresh and bright green hue to the matcha powder.
  • Always choose finely powdered matcha, as it can be used for blending the contents well, without forming any lumps. If the matcha is of low quality, it would be coarse and contain other toxic ingredients.
  • Premium quality matcha powder will have a mild and herbal aroma, unlike the bitter taste that low-quality matcha emanates.

Now that you know how to choose the best quality matcha powder, what is stopping you from making Starbucks-style Green Tea Frappuccino right in your homes?