Last month, Starbucks partnered with Lady Gaga to introduce the Cups of Kindness campaign, which has blessed us with two new drinks—the Violet Drink and matcha lemonade. For every purchase of these two drinks, as well as the oh-so-famous Pink and Ombré Pink Drinks, Starbucks vowed to donate $0.25 to Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, which aims to spread kindness both online and throughout the world. Of the four drinks in the Cups of Kindness collection, matcha lemonade is Lady Gaga's absolute favorite, which means you have to give it a try.

What makes matcha lemonade so special? The matcha powder doesn't add too much flavor, but it packs a huge punch of energy with its high caffeine content. It's definitely the cure for a lazy summer afternoon. So save yourself the trip to Starbucks and whip up some matcha lemonade at home to see why Lady Gaga is so smitten over this trendy green drink.

Matcha Lemonade

  • Prep Time:1 hr
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:1 hr
  • Servings:4
  • Easy


  • 3 1/2 cups ice water
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 2 cups cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons matcha powder
lemon, sweet, juice
Kat Fernandez
  • Step 1

    Dissolve matcha in hot water. Let chill for 1 hour.

    #SpoonTip: For a smoother mixture, blend matcha and water until no matcha granules remain.

    Kat Fernandez
  • Step 2

    Combine ice water, lemon juice, cane sugar, and matcha tea mixture in a large pitcher.

    #SpoonTip: To get the most juice out of your lemons, microwave them for 10-30 seconds, depending on their size.

    Kat Fernandez

This recipe can also be adapted to make matcha limeade— simply substitute lemon juice for lime juice! No matter how you choose to drink it, this matcha goodness is sure to help you beat that afternoon slump.