I’d like to start this post by sharing a fact about myself: I very rarely do/buy something simply because it’s trendy or popular. In fact, I often avoid trying things for that reason. However, I am also a firm believer that everyone should be confident in their likes/dislikes. Sometimes I like something that’s super trendy and that is okay. One trend I’ve noticed a lot lately and am totally on board with is matcha!
I was first introduced when I worked as a barista at Starbucks and have loved it ever since. In case you aren’t familiar, matcha is finely ground powder made from green tea. Matcha contains a very high concentration of antioxidants, boosts metabolism, and naturally detoxifies the body. Those are just a few of the many health benefits! As you might have guessed, the powder is a bright green color which I think adds fun to the experience!With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be fun to use matcha in a fun cocktail creation. This may seem counterintuitive to all those health benefits I mentioned, but I think adding it to a cocktail will balance everything out. I decided to do a twist on my favorite cocktail, the Moscow Mule.
I love how light + refreshing this drink is and the matcha adds just a hint of flavor and a bold color to celebrate the holiday. Bonus: this could easily make a delicious mocktail for those who don’t drink alcohol! I am Irish through and through, so I definitely plan to celebrate my heritage on St. Patty’s Day! If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!
Matcha Mule, serves 1
- 1 – 1.5 oz. vodka
- .5 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 4 oz. ginger beer
- 1 tsp. matcha (cold brew)
- lime wheel and/or mint sprig for garnish
- To make cold brew matcha add 1 tsp. matcha powder to 6 oz. cold water. Shake until matcha is dissolved.
- Pour lime juice into glass or copper mug.
- Add enough ice (I prefer crushed) to fill glass.
- Pour vodka and ginger beer over ice.
- Add matcha – I used 4 teaspoons of cold brew matcha to get the color I liked. Add more or less depending on preference.
- Stir gently.
- Add a lime wheel or sprig of mint for garnish.