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This summer I’ve been experimenting with matcha as a cold, refreshing beverage. It’s been so enjoyable creating new recipes and sharing these delicious concoctions with friends, family and co-workers in exchange for their input and honest opinions.
Today, I’m going to share with you the clear “favorite” chosen not only by me, but by most of the “testers” who have tasted at least a few of my blends. I should also mention that I have never made two batches exactly the same, but always very similar. It’s fun to look forward to the uniqueness of each batch.
I begin the same way as I do when making a traditional cup of matcha, by placing the powdered green tea in a flat-bottomed bowl. I generally add about a half a cup of boiling water, whisking it until it is fully dissolved and begins to look bubbly and frothy. The amount of matcha that you will need depends on whether you are making a single cup or an entire pitcher. I tend to use about 1/2 - 3/4 of a teaspoon for a single serving and about a full teaspoon if I am making a pitcher’s worth. Also, as you continue to make your own matcha drinks, you will be able to determine how much to use based on your own personal preferences.
Most recipes include a list of ingredients with specific measurements, but matcha instructions allow you to adjust the quantity to suit your tastes in order for it to be as pleasing to your guests as it is to you.
Once I’ve blended my matcha and boiling water, I fill the bowl with cold water, swish it around a little and pour the contents into a pitcher. I also add some sparkling water until the pitcher is slightly a little more than half full. My personal favorite flavors to add include Lemon/Lime, Tangerine, and Raspberry. If you don’t like your cold drinks on the sweet side, just throw in a sprig of mint and a few slices of cucumber, fill to the top with ice, and you’re done.
On the other hand, if you do prefer it a little sweet, add either a bottle of lemonade or flavored iced tea, such as Honest Tea. When I add a big heaping tablespoon of frozen raspberry lemonade, it is always guaranteed to get compliments. Either way, don’t forget to garnish it with the cucumber and top it off with a sprig of mint. Then relax and enjoy!
This is a wonderful treat to take to a bridal or baby shower or even a fun pool party. Any get-together will truly enjoy this delightful beverage.
I personally make a pitcher of it every morning to drink throughout the day, and sometimes I just may even share. If I take some to work, I transport it in a mason jar. It always makes for a better day!
Happy Sunny Days!