A Green Tea Shake for Hot Days

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.

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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.

Matcha Shake

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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