Homemade Sakura Matcha Latte

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A unique and delightful twist to your iced matcha latte

Two glasses with sakura matcha latte with cherry blossom as decoration

This iced sakura matcha latte recipe combines the irresistible flavor of matcha with the delicate sweetness of cherry blossoms.
And it looks lovely, creating a perfect springtime treat!

In this blog post, I’ll guide you through the steps of making your own sakura matcha latte at home, so you can enjoy this enjoyable drink anytime you want.

Layered drink with matcha, milk and sakura latte

    You will be able to assemble a glass in just a few minutes whenever you’re in the mood for a delicate and gorgeous treat.
    It only uses natural ingredients. Plus, you can easily make it keto, sugar-free and/or vegan.
    You’ll love the earthy, slightly bitter taste of the matcha, balanced perfectly by the delicately fragrant cherry blossom.
    While it’s not a must, you can make this milk tea layered so it looks spectacular.

What you’ll need

  • Matcha Powder
  • Warm water
  • Sweetener of choice (Optional)
  • Milk of choice
  • Ice cubes
  • Sakura powder
Milk, matcha powder, cherry blossom powder, a teaspoon of sugar, ice cubes and water to make iced matcha sakura latte

Notes about ingredients and alternatives


Feel free to use culinary grade matcha for this recipe: while it also tastes great with ceremonial matcha, usually culinary grade matcha is fine enough to make lattes.

Warm water

You may use room temperature water as well, but in my experience, it’s easier to prepare matcha and sakura concentrate when using slightly warm water (not boiling water, but something around 60-80°C (140-176°F).


You can skip the sweetener, but I find adding a teaspoon makes rounds up the flavors beautifully.

Also, adding sugar or an alternative to the top layer makes layering easier!

Just take into considerations that if you are using sweetened cherry blossom powder, you may reduce the amount of sweetener.

Feel free to use any neutral tasting sweetener you like, like regular sugar or xylitol.
I usually use xylitol or erythritol.
But remember that xylitol isn’t suitable for pets, but nor is sakura either (so your dogs should stay away from this latte!).


Any type of milk you like goes well in this recipe.
My favorites for this latte are dairy milk, cashew milk or almond milk.

Ice cubes

This sakura matcha latte only get the pretty layers when you use ice cubes.
This means, if you don’t mind the matcha, milk and sakura all combining together, you won’t need them.

If you don’t enjoy chilled drinks (I personally don’t), you can carefully remove the ice cubes once the drink is assembled.
If you don’t shake your glass, the latte will stay layered(-ish) for some time, enough to enjoy the drink and its pretty looks.

Sakura powder

I use this unsweetened sakura powder, but I’m aware that it may be difficult to order it from outside Europe.

In case you can’t get sakura powder (it’s a quite rare ingredient!) you could substitute it for pureed strawberries: it will taste different but it will still be delicious.

When using strawberry puree, I recommend putting it on the bottom.
The assembling order would be: strawberry puree – ice – milk – matcha.


Time needed: 5 minutes

How to make iced sakura matcha latte

  1. Make matcha

    Combine 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder with (optional) 1 tsp. of sugar and 3 Tbsp. of warm water.Matcha concentrate to make matcha latte

  2. Make sakura concentrate

    Combine 2 tsp. sakura powder with 3 Tbsp. warm water and set it aside.

  3. Assemble

    For a layered look, put the matcha concentrate in a glass, then fill with ice cubes and pour over the milk carefully.
    Top with the sakura concentrate.
    Aiming at an ice cube makes it easier for the drink to stay layered.Milk tea with matcha and pink sakura syrup


You could also invert the order to assemble the drink:

  1. sakura concentrate at the bottom
  2. then the ice cubes and milk
  3. matcha at the top

This also looks great and in fact, it might be easier to layer the drink this way.

But I personally prefer having the cherry blossom on the top because it allows me to appreciate the fragrance of sakura better while drinking.

To compensate this, I recommend drinking using a straw having the sakura on the bottom.
Otherwise, the scent of matcha overpowers the cherry blossom, in my opinion.

Layering a drink by putting first sakura concentrate, then milk and topping with matcha
Layered matcha sakura latte
5 from 4 votes

Sakura Matcha Latte Recipe

How to make a delicious iced matcha with delicately fragrant cherry blossom
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes


  • Handheld milk frother Totally optional – it just makes the process of making matcha and sakura concentrate quicker


  • ½ tsp. matcha powder I use culinary grade for this recipe
  • 3 Tbsp. warm water
  • 1 tsp. sugar or xylitol (feel free to adapt to your taste)
  • 4-5 ice cubes
  • cup milk (around 75 ml.)

For the sakura concentrate


  • Prepare the matcha by combining it with 3 Tbsp. warm water and sweetener.
    Matcha powder with a teaspoon sugar and water, being combined with a handheld frother
  • Prepare the sakura concentrate by combining sakura powder with 3 Tbsp. warm water.
    Cherry Blossom concentrate in a small recipient, stirred with a small wooden spoon
  • To make a layered drink, assemble in this order: matcha concentrate at the bottom – ice cubes – milk – sakura concentrate
    Three captions showing order to assemble matcha sakura latte. First with matcha concentrate, then adding ice cubes, milk and topping with cherry blossom concentrate


You can also put the sakura on the bottom and top with matcha. The result will also look great (but in my opinion, it tastes better with the cherry blossom on the top, so you get that delicious fragrance while sipping):
Layered drink with cherry blossom syrup at the bottom and matcha on top of milk. Decorated with sakura blooms


Serving: 8oz. | Calories: 70kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: matcha, milk tea, sakura
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 70kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    I had read that Sakura powder is also healthy, so I love this idea of combinations Sakura Powder and matcha. And the colors are just so beautiful for spring!

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