How To Make Matcha 7 Refreshing Ways For Summer
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a finely ground powder made from meticulously cultivated and painstakingly processed green tea leaves.
Think green tea, yet upgraded. Only superior tea plants are selected for matcha production.
Matcha has been prized for for its health and energy properties for centuries.
With matcha, you get all the benefits of green tea, but it's particularly supercharged with higher levels of the amino acid l-theanine.
This L theanine, combined with naturally occurring caffeine in the green tea matcha leaves helps keep you calm and alert.
So if you're sensitive to caffeine, or can't tolerate caffeine, then matcha is ideal for you.
It's that quick pick me up that doesn't have any jitters.
What is Ceremonial Grade Matcha?
Ceremonial Grade matcha is superior grade of matcha for beverages.
Ceremonial Grade matcha leaves have to be hand selected for quality and harvested at the absolute peak of their growth cycle.
After harvest, they are carefully stone ground into an ultra fine powder. Ceremonial matcha is revered for being earthy and sweet.
Ceremonial matcha is also prized for the complex flavors present in this premium grade of tea leaves.
This is the key if you've ever had matcha in the past that's too bitter or earthy tasting.
Ceremonial grade matcha is also smoother. But make sure you get your ceremonial grade matcha from Japan.
Lesser grades of matcha like Culinary grade matcha powder and other green teas can often be bitter and are best mixed with other ingredients to hide imperfections.
It's why you'll typically have culinary grade matcha for lattes.
Benefits of Matcha?
Matcha tea is packed with antioxidants and chlorophyll for a healthy immune system and matcha powder contains just enough caffeine to give you the afternoon boost you need to help you crush the rest of your day.
What Does Matcha Taste Like?
Ceremonial matcha should be earthy, vegetal, and have subtle sweet tasting notes. High quality ceremonial matcha is never bitter.
Does matcha give you energy?
Of Course it will! But in a good way.
One serving of matcha (about one gram), has about half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, but unlike coffee, ceremonial matcha contains a lot more of the naturally occurring antioxidant known as L-theanine.
This compound acts in concert with the caffeine to give you a subtle sustained perk. Think - steady wake up.
L theanine also supports a lift in mood while helping the mind focus easily.
This means ceremonial matcha will keep you awake without the highs and lows of an energy drink or espresso.
Iced Matcha Latte
This one is as easy as it gets. Add ceremonial matcha together with water and mix until smooth. Next add ice and top off with your favorite almond, oat, or coconut milk. If you really want to get fancy, opt for a vanilla flavored alternative milk.
Matcha Ginger Ale
Just add a scoop of ceremonial matcha to your favorite ginger ale or ginger beer over ice. Fever Tree makes a classic ginger ale, but if you want to try something a bit different, check your local farmers market for any craft ginger beer producers. In Austin, we love SoCo Ginger Beer. It’s super refreshing on a hot Texas day, and they come in amazing seasonal flavors.
Combine simple syrup, ceremonial matcha powder and your favorite soda water together for a refreshing and thirst quenching energy boost. If you are trying to stick to a low or no sugar diet like the Keto Diet, skip the simple sugar and opt for a few drops of liquid monkfruit extract instead.
Monkruit is a powerful all natural sweetener that will give you just the right amount of sweetness but doesn’t raise blood sugar levels allowing you to maintain a keto diet or lifestyle.
Arnold Palmer loved his iced tea mixed half and half with fresh squeezed lemonade. It’s such an iconic combination that any time you want to order an iced tea and lemonade, you can just ask for an Arnold Palmer.
We agree that this is a great combination, but we prefer ours with the added power of ceremonial matcha tea.
Just choose your favorite lemonade, or make your own with fresh lemons, and combine with a few scoops of matcha tea powder to give this Summertime classic a new school boost.
Blueberry Matcha Smoothie
If you typically jump start your day with a smoothie, try adding a few scoops of ceremonial matcha in to help maintain your energy until lunch.
We love how the taste of matcha pairs with frozen blueberries, almond milk, some ice, and a handful of spinach.
It’s a fresh, healthy, and satisfying combination that will fuel you up without weighing you down.
Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte
For an iced strawberry matcha, it’s important to combine fresh sliced strawberries, coconut milk, and your ceremonial matcha powder together.
Keep them together in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes to let the coconut milk soak up all of the delicious strawberry flavor.
We don’t like blending this one because of all the seeds in the strawberries. The hint of strawberry flavor is a perfect fruity compliment to the coconut milk and exactly what you need on a hot Summer day.
Pineapple Coconut Matcha Smoothie
We’ve already talked about combining matcha with blueberries and strawberries, so you shouldn’t be surprised that we love pineapple and matcha together as well.
Throw a handful of fresh pineapple, coconut milk, ceremonial matcha together in a blender and process until smooth for a cool fruity beverage that’s perfect after an afternoon workout or run in the one hundred degree heat.
The great thing about high quality ceremonial matcha powder is that it pairs well with so many different flavors.
You can make your own superfood drinks with just about any combination of different fruits and fruit juices.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha - Quick And Easy On The Go!
Of course, if you get tired of cleaning your blender, you can always grab a perfectly refreshing Moontower Matcha.
We’ve done all the work for you and we make our ceremonial grade matcha drinks in five different amazing flavors to keep you energized and focused all day.
Choose from Peach, Mint, or Hibiscus matcha flavored drinks for a playful new taste experience.
We also have Unsweetened and Lightly Sweet matcha drinks for the authentic matcha taste.
And yes - they're made with the best pure ceremonial grade matcha powder.