Iced Matcha Lemonade

Iced Matcha Lemonade

Iced matcha lemonade was the first matcha drink I ever had which actually tasted good.  Matcha, like coffee and most other things, has varied quality and the good stuff tends to be expensive (my sipping matcha is about $30/oz) and has a short shelf life.  As a result most stores/coffee shops tend to use culinary grade matcha which is less expensive, far more bitter and some even have a seaweed aftertaste.  My first experiences with matcha were with the lowest quality stuff and it took a long time to work up the courage to try matcha again, but I was rewarded with this drink made with amazing matcha and fresh citrus.  Citrus does three great things for matcha, it masks the bitter of lower quality matcha, adds some sweetness and helps your body absorb more of the nutrients from the matcha.

Matcha if you are not aware is made by growing green tea in a specific way to increase chlorophyll, which adds sweetness, then drying and grinding those leaves into a fine powder.  This powder is full of amazing nutrients, including more antioxidants than blueberries, L-theanine and our favorite drug caffeine.  This combination provides amazing health benefits and long lasting calm energy, and an increased metabolism which is great for weight-loss.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 tsp matcha
  • 1 tsp agave, or to taste
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lime (optional)

Directions

  1. Sift matcha into a shallow bowl, and whisk with 2 tbsp each of hot and cold water
  2. combine citrus juice, water, ice, agave, and matcha mixture in a tumbler.
  3. Shake for 30 seconds or until a green foam (matcha crema) forms on the surface
  4. Serve with lemon wedge

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