When the best of two easy lattes collide, you get a Matcha Chai Tea Latte. Hot matcha green tea is blended into a creamy chai tea latte to make this sweet, spiced, and delicious hot or cold drink.
Familiar with the Tiktok recommending special ordering a matcha chai combo from Starbucks? If not, that’s okay because we’ve crafted this homemade version that is just as sweet and creamy as its viral counterpart.
👉 Here’s why you’re going to LOVE this drink:
- It’s quick and straightforward! Making this latte from scratch is faster than putting in a complicated coffee shop order.
- Budget-friendly. Daily trips to Starbucks can add up. Homemade lattes are easier on the budget.
- It’s customizable. You can make it with or without dairy, sugar, and added flavor.
Ready to learn how to make a matcha chai tea latte? Let’s do it!
The equation is simple: Hot matcha green tea + a chai tea latte = comfort in a cup. Here’s what you’ll need to make one of these delightful drinks.
- Matcha powder + hot water: Matcha is a powdered green tea from Japan loaded with health benefits. It is made by mixing green tea powder with hot water or milk. For this recipe, you’ll need hot water to dissolve the matcha.
- Chai tea: Chai tea is an Indian tea blend traditionally made from black tea and various warming spices like cardamom, cinnamon, clove, and star anise.
- Milk: You’ll need milk to brew the chai tea blend. You can use whole milk or your favorite dairy-free milk here. It’s excellent with oat milk! You can also use soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, or cashew milk.
- Recommended tools: To infuse the chai tea with milk, you’ll need a loose leaf tea infuser and a small saucepan.
📖 How to make (step-by-step photos)
1️⃣ Step One: Dissolve matcha powder
First, make the matcha. Add your matcha powder and hot water to a small bowl and whisk until the matcha dissolves. Set the bowl aside.
2️⃣ Step Two: Steep chai tea leaves
Add loose-leaf chai tea to a tea infuser. Then, add the milk to a small saucepan and submerge the tea infuser into the milk. Bring the milk to a simmer over medium-low heat, allowing the chai tea to steep for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for 5 more minutes. Remove the tea infuser.
3️⃣ Step Three: Build latte
Now that both tea blends are brewed, you can build your latte! Fill a cup or mug halfway up with hot matcha, and then fill the rest with the infused chai milk and stir. Enjoy warm or pour over ice.
❔ Questions + quick tips
Tea infusers are a handy tool to have around, and they’re super easy to use. First, put the tea leaves into the infuser and then submerge the infuser into a mug, teapot, or saucepan of hot water or milk. Let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove the tea infuser and enjoy.
The drink is specifically from Starbucks and is an iced matcha tea latte (milk & matcha tea blend) mixed with 2 pumps of chai syrup ( a simple syrup insured with black tea and warming spices).
If you make this drink from scratch, you can tailor it to your Whole30 needs. Be sure to use a compliant matcha powder and a compliant chai blend with almond or coconut milk, and you’re all set.
🥄 How to serve
Feel free to serve your matcha chai as is or spruce it up by mixing in sweeteners and syrups.
- Sage-infused matcha chai latte – Stir 1 to 2 tablespoons of sage simple syrup to add deep, herbal flavor.
- Vanilla matcha chai latte – Sweeten things up with a tablespoon or so of vanilla syrup.
- Earl grey simple syrup – Add depth and sweetness with earl grey tea infused syrup
- Sweeter matcha chai latte – Feel free to sweeten your drink up with regular sugar, simple syrup, or brown sugar syrup for a sweeter latte. Or try a chai tea infused simple syrup!
- Naturally-sweetened – To sweeten your drink without refined sugar, you can use honey or maple syrup.
🧊 How to store
What we love most about making fun drinks from scratch is having extras to enjoy later. That said, you should probably double this recipe. It’s that good!
- Refrigerator storage: Store your drink in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days after cooling to room temperature. Before serving, give it a good whisk to froth everything back up.
- Freezer storage: An ice cube tray is the best way to freeze leftover matcha chai latte. Use the cubes to chill coffee, tea, and cocktails.
💚 More matcha and tea drinks
Are you looking for more blended matcha and tea drinks? You’re going to love these!
- Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
- Iced Matcha Lemonade
- Iced Blueberry Matcha Latte
- Rose Petal Infused Chai Tea Latte
- Lavender-Infused Matcha Latte
- Turmeric Matcha Latte
- Lavender Chai Tea Latte
Matcha Chai Tea Latte
- 1 small sauce pan
- 1 loose leaf tea infuser
- 1 matcha whisk
- 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 1 tablespoon chai tea leaves
- 12 ounces milk
- Add matcha powder and hot water to small bowl and mix well with matcha whisk (or a regular whisk will do). Set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon loose leaf chai tea to a tea infuser. Set aside.
- Add milk to a small saucepan and place chai tea infuser until it is completely submerged in the milk. Bring the milk to a simmer over medium-low heat, allowing the chai tea to infuse into the warmed milk for 2-3 minutes. Then remove the pan from heat and allow to cool slightly for 5 minutes to allow the tea to steep. When finished steeping, remove the tea infuser.
- To build the latte, simple add matcha tea liquid to a cup and pour the infused chai milk over the top to fill the cup, stirring to mix the matcha and chai with the milk. Then enjoy warm or serve cold over ice.