I was moaning to a friend the other day about the heat and she told me her latest afternoon addiction was a shake made from matcha, the Japanese powdered green tea. "Blend matcha powder with milk, sugar, and ice. Green frothy jolt at 2pm!"
Easy enough. I immediately put down my work and went to the blender.
Matcha isn't always available at your average grocery store, but it can usually be found at Asian groceries or specialty tea shops, and certainly online. Lucky me, I happened to have some.
Thinking how I like honey in my green tea, I substituted it for the sugar. And while whole milk will make this a truly creamy treat, I later tried the shake with both reduced fat and almond milk, and those versions also took the edge off a hot day, but without making me feel like I just ate two scoops of green tea ice cream.
makes one drink
1 tablespoon matcha powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup milk
handful of ice
Place the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a pint glass.
(Thanks to Melissa Clark for the inspiration!)
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