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I was commiserating with a friend the recently 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 put down my work and raced 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 already have some.

And I even had an empty glass waiting in the freezer.

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Since I take honey in my hot tea, I decided to swap it with the sugar for the shake. And while whole milk makes this a truly creamy treat, I also tried making the shake with both rice and almond milk — those versions take the edge off a hot day, but without making me feel like I just ate two scoops of green tea ice cream.

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Matcha Shake

Serves 1

1 tablespoon matcha powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup milk (nut milk, rice milk, cow's milk, goat's milk, etc)
Handful of ice

Place a large juice glass or jar in the freezer for as long as possible. In a blender, blend the matcha, honey, milk and ice until smooth. Serve in the chilled glass.

Thanks to Melissa Clark for the inspiration!