You've probably had a matcha latte before, and you've also probably (I hope!) had a glass of sangria, but have you ever combined the two? Before you write this unlikely pairing off as too weird, remember that Starbucks recently came out with a matcha lemonade. This cold, refreshing use of matcha for a summertime sipper inspired Shelly Westerhausen, of Vegetarian Ventures, to make matcha sangria. And I'm so glad she did.
Because matcha leans a little earthy, Shelly suggests using a sweet white wine to help keep the flavors balanced. (Riesling would be perfect!) She also notes that she chose not to add a liquor to her sangria, as is common in most sangria recipes, but that a splash of brandy, apple liquor, or vodka would all work here.
The best thing about sangria is that you can make it ahead of time, and you make it all in one big batch, so it's perfect when you're entertaining. You just mix up some matcha (dissolved in boiling water first), lime juice, lime slices, frozen grapes, green apple slices, cucumber slices, mint, and wine in a large pitcher.
When you're ready to serve, just add some ice and sparkling soda, set out some glasses, and you're all set. When your guests arrive, they can just help themselves. This green sangria is sure to be the talk of the party!
→ Get the Recipe: Green Matcha Sangria from Vegetarian Ventures