Sparkling Matcha Lemonade

>> Thursday, March 9, 2017

I am not a coffee person. I drink it on occasion, but I usually end up getting bad headaches from the caffeine. Yeah. Headaches from the caffeine. It's annoying because I find the boost it gives me on my Sunday work-at-home mom adventures really helpful. Like, when I drink coffee, I can power through writing thousands upon thousands of words about obscure medical conditions (because that's the bulk of what I do these days) and still be up for more.

But I also have discovered that whenever I get back from a coffee-writing binge, I have a near-migraine and have to recover for hours. So, I mostly drink tea or smoothies or plain water. Years ago, I was sent some matcha powder to try and found it pretty tasty and interesting. I made Sunflower Matcha Cookies with it as well as Mighty Green Microwave-Muffins. Check out those recipes -- I'll be making them soon as I reconnect with this ingredient.

Anyway, I've read that it has 100+ times the antioxidants than in plain old green tea. I also keep seeing it on Instagram everywhere. I picked some up this weekend. I actually bought a kind with ginger in it. The Republic of Tea's U-Matcha Ginger.

And then I made lemonade with it!


SPARKLING MATCHA LEMONADE


What you'll need . . .

  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 to 1 can sparkling water (I used lime-flavored)
  • Ice is optional
  • Ball jar with plastic lid

Method . . .

I've made lemonade a bunch of different ways. I tried making this kind by first using hot water to create the simple syrup and then by just vigorously mixing the water and sugar. The second method worked just fine and + saved time. So, pour your water, lemon juice, sugar, and matcha into your Ball jar. Screw on the lid and shake for a minute or two.

You want to shake until all the powder is incorporated and it looks like this:


How much sparkling water you use depends on how diluted you want yours to taste. One day I had mine full strength, and it was great. The next I wanted a more subtle beverage, so I diluted with the full can. (You'll get some frothy head on there. Just sip it away!)

I'm not a huge fan of ice, so you can either put that in or leave it out. Really, this drink is up to you. I doubled the recipe one day to make enough for Stephen to try. He likes it, too!


It's:

Cold
Wet
Sweet
Refreshing
Matcha-y tasting

LOL with the adjectives. Sometimes things we make in the kitchen are just plain good.

Good. 

Enough said!

I'm under the weather and this return to winter isn't helping matters. I should be back tomorrow with something fun. I am also working on a few videos, one of which is a Q&A, so if you have anything you'd like me to answer, leave a note in the comments. I'm foremost working on my capsule wardrobe video, but I've had a major change in that area lately (still under 33 pieces!) -- and I cannot wait to share.

Thursdays are my favorite, so make it a good one!

Related:


Blackberry Lemonade for 2
Red Zinger Lemonade
On Secret Recipes
Green Microwave Muffins
Green Cookies . . . Weird

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