Everyone you know seems to be sipping bright green lattes right now. Your insta feed is probably a series of those beautiful beverage shots, alongside that sexy slow pour from blender to cup. Yep, if you haven’t already, it’s time to board the matcha train. The high quality, powdered Japanese green tea continues to reach new heights of popularity, and we love it very matcha. Apart from its refreshing deliciousness, here’s what you should know about the trendy tea:
- Traditionally, matcha is served in handmade ceramic bowls as part of a ceremony at the end of a meal.
- To prepare classic matcha, boil purified or spring water and whisk with powder, using a bamboo whisk. Whisk back and forth vigorously until a foam forms, then whisk a final time in a circular motion before serving.
- The host will thoughtfully select who will use each handmade bowl, and one should drink the matcha with one hand on the bottom of the bowl and one on the side.
- If you’re making matcha for the first time, try the ratio of 1 teaspoon matcha powder to 6–8 ounces water.
Apart from tradition, there’s so matcha more to do about matcha. If you’re not typically a tea drinker, make an exception for matcha. From hot to cold to sweet and boozy, here are just a few of the many ways to sip this majestically-hued ingredient:
Of all the matcha beverages crowding your feed, the most ubiquitous is the latte. It can be served hot or iced (hello, fave summer caffeine boost), and begins by whisking the match until foamy with warm or hot water. Then, mix in hot or cold milk. The matcha latte is usually sweetened with agave syrup, honey, or sugar.
Matcha also pairs surprisingly well with the refreshing tang of citrus when served cold. Simply whisk matcha with cold, filtered water, or, for a shortcut, throw it in a martini shaker! Serve over ice with slices of lime or lemon.
Matcha Coconut Water
Instead of whisking your matcha with regular, plain ‘ole water, sub in some coconut water for a refreshing, super-hydrating drink.
Since matcha plays so well with a variety of other flavors, we love to combine it with tart, sweet, and slightly spicy ingredients like apple cider and ginger. Such a power couple. Whisk matcha with a small amount of water, then combine with cider and a hit of juiced ginger (you can pick this up or make it yourself). The result: zingy, fruity, and matcha-tastic.
Matcha Gin Cocktail
Yes (read: yay), matcha can go boozy too! Cocktail menus have been rife with the addition of this green wonder-powder, so make your own at home for a colorful and fun tipple. Whisk your matcha with a quarter to a third of a cup of water until smooth, then add in lime juice, gin, and a little simple syrup for sweetness. Throw in a cocktail shaker, shake, and serve.
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