Green Tea Frappe Recipe

One of my favorite frozen drinks is the green tea frappe. A very interesting taste experience, green tea frappes feature the slight bitterness of green tea, complimented by the sweetness of milk and cream. Blended with ice, this drink is a cool treat for warm weather.

In coffee houses, green tea frappes are almost always made with matcha green tea, which is a powdered form of green tea leaves. My recipe does not use matcha powder, but rather, a more traditional method for blending lattes into frappes. For this reason, this recipe will not produce the signature green color of matcha powder - the frozen drink will be tea-colored.


brewed green tea

3 additional green tea bags

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup crushed ice cubes

1/2 cup milk*

optional whipped cream topping

1/2 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons sugar

* milk can be switched for any other milk substitute, such as soy or rice milk.


Begin with the green tea-infused simple syrup. Heat sugar and water in small sauce pan, stirring often. Bring to a boil, and add vanilla. Let boil for about 30 seconds, and remove from heat. Immediately drop in 3 green tea bags, and let tea bags steep in syrup until syrup as cooled completely; remove tea bags.

Next, brew a cup of green tea - I made mine extra-strength, with two tea bags. Let tea cool completely.

Crush ice in a blender until it is fine enough to be consumed with a straw. Fill a cup with crushed ice. Pour in 1/2 cup green tea, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/4 cup of green tea syrup; stir. Experiment and adjust with more or less tea, milk, or syrup to get the flavor that you enjoy.

Directions for whipped cream

Combine whipping cream and sugar in a bowl; beat with a hand-mixer on high for 3 minutes or until cream is thick and fluffy. Spoon whipped cream on top of green tea frappe.

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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  • I love green tea so much, and thought that making bubble tea was the only thing that I could do with it that would make the heat bearable. No more. I will learn from you, and create greater and more fantastic summertime cool tea treats.

  • Great recipe which I am saving for future use. Had a horrible unsweetened matcha green tea frappe from a coffee house which your recipe saved my drink instead of pouring it down the drain . I used your syrup and used your milk amount suggestion with my unsweetened matcha frapp . I will be using your recipe to save me big bucks on my fave summer frapp but will be using powder green tea which I have athome.Will check your other drink recipes.

  • Holy green tea! This recipe is AMAZING! I put less sugar and vanilla in my simple syrup than the recipe called for and it is still so good! It’s green tea, whipped cream goodness and I love it! Seriously, it’s like angels are frolicking across your taste buds! Thanks so much!

  • Oh mah lord! This tastes awesome!! Alot better than i expected! Its very refreshing and green tea is good for your health! Its practically Starbucks worthy!! Great recipe and thanks for sharing^~^

  • A heads up to anyone who wants to make this: a tsp of vanilla can be pretty overpowering, so I suggesting cutting it down a little more. I’m certainly going to make this again though.

  • Ok so my favorite drink at Starbucks is a Green Tea Cream Frapp and I’ve been desperately trying to find a recipe that mimics this drink and I think I found it!! I was so pleased with the outcome of this drink and it tastes almost identical to he Starbucks version.