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March 17, 2017


Top 8 Green St. Patrick's Matcha Tea Cocktails

March is here - the wonderful month of the year where the temperature begins to cool. But rather than the weather creating a cool blue, March is the time of the year where everything turns green - for St Patrick’s Day that is!

And this St Paddy’s Day we’ve got some delicious green cocktail recipes to help you celebrate this leprechaun-filled event. Because if you can’t wear green, and listen to the fiddle while having a few drinks on St Patrick’s Day, when can you do it?

1. St. Patrick's Day Green Tea Cocktail

While for some it’s the Guinness that makes St. Paddy’s Day, in the Emerald Isle there are many other options when raising your glass.

Irish cream, gin, poitin, stout, whiskey and of course the ever-popular Irish Red Ale are the favourites too. And when thinking outside of the box, you can certainly skip the black stuff and get into the spirit with some green matcha tea.

This recipe below is the St. Patrick’s Day Green Tea Cocktail from Samovar Tea. For the full method please click here.

  • 1 bottle Irish Red Ale, bittersweet balance (e.g O’Hara’s, Smithwick’s Diamond Bear or Goose Island Kilgubbin)
  • ¼ tsp matcha, plus more for garnish

2. The Mighty Patcha

The Mighty Patcha Cocktail Recipe from Metro.co.uk

 Photo credit: Metro.co.uk

Bright green is a desirable colour for a Paddy’s Day cocktail and for this recipe, simply mix your matcha green tea into your drink. With the health benefits matcha brings, it’s the perfect tipple if you are searching for a healthy option to celebrate with.

The ingredients for this tasty cocktail are below, and for the full recipe go here!

  • 25ml Jameson Irish whisky
  • 10ml lemon juice
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • ½ tsp matcha
  • 10ml matcha syrup
  • 50ml ginger ale

3. I Dream of Greenie

The I Dream of Greenie mix from the Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall is a delightful blend of avocado, lime juice, green agave mezcal and matcha green tea. One sip and you will taste the complexity of this lovely drink - a mix of citrus and fruits with a velvety finish.

You can find the ingredients for the I Dream of Greenie cocktail below and the full method here.

  • 60ml plum-infused El Silencio Mezcal
  • 2 tbsp avocado syrup
  • ½ tsp matcha powder
  • 22ml fresh lime juice
  • 7.5ml liquor 43
  • Smoked salt, for the rim of the glasses

4. Matcha Pisco Sour

Matcha Pisco Sour by the Spirit of Cocktail & Culture Supercall

Photo credit: Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall

If you are after a smooth, frothy drink with a hint of bitter, then a Pisco Sour from the Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall is the answer. Pisco Sour is a very compatible flavour when mixed with matcha green tea, as not only does it highlight the umami of matcha, but it also enhances its vital green color.

And here’s an extra tip - if you want the vibrant green color to pop in this cocktail, make sure the matcha syrup is extra fresh and be careful not to overheat the matcha, remembering it is more delicate than other tea leaves. You can check out the full recipe for this Matcha Pisco Sour here.

  • 60ml pisco
  • 22ml fresh lime juice
  • 22ml matcha syrup
  • 28g egg whites
  • Amargo chuncho bitters, for garnish

5. Matcha Gimlet Cocktail

matcha green tea gimlet - todaysnest

Photo credit: Today's Nest.com

Most people love the refreshing taste of gin and lime juice, but what about a delicious Matcha Green Tea Gimlet?

This ain't your ordinary gimlet (gin and lime cocktail). This drink is the perfect balance of grassy matcha with citrusy lime juice and a sweet touch of the homemade syrup. For best results, use only good quality London dry gin, like Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire.

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 89ml water
  • Juice of 1 small lime (1oz)
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • 74ml London Dry Gin
  • Ice

Check out the full recipe here.

6. Matcha Gin & Tonic

Matcha Green Tea Gin & Tonic

Photo credit: SeriousEats.com

If you’re simply after a gin and tonic this St Patrick’s Day, why not give your traditional drink a green twist with added matcha? The cocktail brings together the earthly flavour of matcha, mixed with fresh cucumbers and limes, and finished off with a splash of Hendrick’s gin.

It’s a simple cocktail recipe but makes for a deliciously cold and refreshing treat. So if you need a last minute drink idea for your St. Paddy’s Day party, look no further.

Matcha syrup

  • 57g matcha powder
  • 170ml boiling water
  • 1L rich simple syrup

Cocktail

  • 1 cucumber, cut into rough chunks
  • 43ml Hendrick’s gin
  • 28ml fresh lime juice from 2-3 limes
  • 28ml matcha syrup
  • 28ml tonic water

Garnish: Cucumber and a sprig of fresh mint

7. The Green Monk

The Green Monk - One Martini

Photo credit: OneMartini.com

Another cocktail for gin lovers is this Green Monk from One Martini. The drink is a beautiful mix of gin, fresh Meyer lemon juice and homemade ginger honey syrup, topped off with the vibrant green of matcha tea.

  • 44ml gin (We used Martin Miller Gin)
  • 22ml ginger honey syrup*
  • 15ml fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 7.5ml green Chartreuse
  • 74ml brewed and cooled Matcha Green Tea
  • Soda water
  • 3 pieces of candied ginger on a skewer for garnish

Once you have everything you need, check out how to mix this cocktail.

8. Matcha Cooler (non-alcoholic)

Matcha Green Tea Cooler (non alcohol mocktail)

Photo credit: Liquor.com

If you’re on a booze break during St. Patrick’s Day, don’t miss out on the fun with this virgin matcha cocktail. This little mocktail will be a toast to your health and is the perfect alcohol-free way to celebrate St Paddy’s Day.

With its grassy and bittersweet flavour, this matcha cooler from Liquor is the one to try.

Following are the ingredients and you can click for the full recipe here.

Matcha syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp stone-ground matcha

Cocktail

  • 1-inch piece of cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 8 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 1.5 tbsp)
  • 30ml fresh apple juice, e.g Granny Smith

So have you decided which cocktail you want to try? We don’t blame you if you’re tempted by them all! These green matcha cocktails will definitely add a pop of green to your St Paddy’s Day.

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dui!

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March 02, 2017

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Black Sesame Buttercream Matcha Green Tea Macarons

Matcha Macarons filled Black Sesame Buttercream are the great treats complementary with your favourite green tea latte

Macarons are surely one of the popular treats for their lovely taste and the delicacy. And surely they are also one of the hardest baking treats to master.

As we are the big fan of macarons, we have the new recipe of matcha macarons for us to experiment this week. Say hello to Matcha Macarons filled with the delicious Black Sesame Buttercream by the lovely Amanda from @foodie_mandy.

Amanda is a matcha lover who enjoys learning to cook and bake. She has learned from others and experience a few recipes to share with her friends and family. Although she is not a professional baker, her passion for baking is surely admirable.

Matcha macarons is actually her favorite recipe to experiment. Amanda's macarons are super soft and mildly sweet from the matcha green tea. The bittersweet matcha macarons is complementary well with the creamy and sweet black sesame buttercream - the favourite and delightful combo at Kenko Tea.

For any macaron beginners, it’s best to follow some of the notes from Amanda as it can help making the perfect and delicious green tea macarons.  

Black Sesame Buttercream Filled Green Tea Macarons

Macaron shells

  • 1 Medium egg white (35g)
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 25g ground almonds
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 2tsp Matcha powder
Instruction
  1. Preheat oven to 140 C
  2. Sift the almonds, matcha powder + icing sugar into a bowl (*Optional: Run the ground almonds + icing sugar through a food processor to get an even finer grain).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until foam appears.  
  4. Add caster sugar; continue whisking on high for about 3-5 mins or until stiff peaks form.
  5. Pour ⅓ of the dry mix in the meringue and fold gently to incorporate.
  6. Repeat twice for the remaining dry ingredients (Do not over mix).  
  7. Transfer to a piping bag with the end snipped off or with a medium-large round nozzle (NOT a fine one like the one been used  as the shells won’t look uniform and smooth, like in the photo).
  8. Pipe onto a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper or a silicone mat (Use a bit of the mix to stick the grease-proof paper to the tray).
  9. Tap the tray onto the worktop for couple times to remove any air bubbles.
  10. Leave to rest for about 30 mins or until dry to the touch (NOT over dry).
  11. Bake for around 15-18 mins (Keep eyes on them to make sure to not over bake them).
  12. Let them cool on the tray before transferring to a cooling rack as they are fragile.

Black sesame buttercream

  • 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp crushed black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 tbsp cream or milk
Instruction
  1. Crush the black sesame seeds with a rolling pin (To intensify the flavour, simply put the seeds into a freezer bag and bang with a rolling pin).
  2. Whisk or beat the butter until pale and creamy.
  3. Add ½ of the icing sugar and whisk slowly until incorporated.
  4. Add the remaining icing sugar and whisk on high speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Mix in the crushed black sesame seeds
  6. Add cream or milk if the mix is too thick for spreading or piping
  7. Fill the macarons with the buttercream using a spoon or piping bag.  

Note: For the extra buttercream, you can eat it raw like I ate what was left, straight from the bowl ;)

Green Tea Matcha Macarons filled with Black Sesame buttercream are the perfect combination for you to enjoy

These delicious green tea filled sesame buttercream macarons surely make the fun recipe to work on with your family and friends~

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February 01, 2017

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Dairy-free Matcha Blueberry Popsicles

On a hot summer’s day, nothing’s better than enjoying your favourite summer treats with your friends at the beach, or a picnic in the park.

And another reason we love summer is that it’s also blueberry season! These juicy blue gems are well loved for their taste and rich nutrient and antioxidant content. Blueberries help to fight aging and cancer, boost digestion, care for your heart and even give you skincare and weight loss benefits.

As we’re planning for a healthy 2017 at Kenko Tea, let’s skip the ice cream trucks and move straight for the Matcha Green Tea Blueberry Popsicles from the lovely Cherie Tu aka @thrivingonplants.

Cherie is passionate about plant-based and healthy clean eating. Her recipes are simple, colourful and delectable.

Visit Cherie and her extraordinarily artistic masterpieces here!

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Cherie’s popsicles have a healthy combination of two of the highest antioxidant foods, matcha and blueberries. The recipe also uses no sugar or dairy, making it the perfect clean summer treat.

The popsicles are super simple and quick to make, so slap them together now in preparation for that last minute beach trip.

Green Tea Matcha Blueberry Popsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tbsp + ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp Kenko Matcha (Use less for more subtle taste. Unless you like strong matcha taste, I recommend not to add more than 1 tbsp)

Method

  1. Add blueberries, 2 tbsp maple syrup & lemon juice into a saucepan.
  2. Simmer on low-medium heat for 5 mins until the blueberries soften (You can pop them beforehand, otherwise leave them whole)
  3. Remove from heat and leave aside to cool.
  4. Blend coconut milk, matcha & ¼ cup maple syrup until smooth.
  5. Spoon the cooled blueberry mix into the bottom of the popsicle moulds.
  6. Add in the matcha mixture on top of the blueberry mix.
  7. Freeze overnight & Enjoy whenever you wish!!!

Ta-da! These gorgeous green-blue beauties will surely brighten up your beach trip! Below is the video of the recipe for you to enjoy as well.

 

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January 18, 2017

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Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Muffins

Kicking the day off with a soft delicious muffin with a cup of earthy matcha latte, is pretty great -  don’t you agree?

As it’s halfway to the weekend - and yes, it’s not too early to start planning for it - we have a new matcha recipe for you.

Presenting the irresistible Chocolate Chip Matcha Green Tea Muffins from the uber talented Zahidah Mah aka @zahidahmah

Homemade fluffy soft Chocolate Chip Muffins with the earthy twist of Matcha Green Tea is your new favorite breakfast choice

Zahidah is from Malaysia and loves cooking delicious authentic dishes, from all over Southeast Asia, for her family and friends.

Zahidah is also a matcha fan so she often integrates matcha in lots of her delicious baking. Visit her and all her yummy dishes here!

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This Chocolate Chip Matcha Tea Muffins recipe is quick and simple, yet the results are delicious. The green muffins have a soft and moist texture with the earthy and mild sweetness of matcha green tea, possibly making them the best muffins you’ve ever had.

The vibrant green colour of the muffins perfectly pairs with the dark chocolate, turning the muffins into a  pretty batch of treats!

Green Matcha Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients

Dry ingredients
  • 1¾ cup Plain Flour
  • ½ cups castor sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp Matcha Powder
Wet ingredients 
  • 1 cup fresh milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • Favourite chocolate chips

Method

  1. Mix well together the DRY ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix the WET ingredients together well in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine both dry and wet ingredients until incorporated.
  4. Fold in ¾ chocolate chips into the mixture.
  5. Pour the batter into the greased muffin tray or lined with baking paper.
  6. Distribute the leftover chocolate chips on top of the batter.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 200'c for 18-20 mins.
  8. Allow to cool before serving. ENJOY!

These bakery-style Chocolate chip matcha muffins are fluffy and soft inside with the lightly crispy top making the best breakfast choice to start a day.

Voila! Bake a batch of these beautiful green treats and share them with your loved ones!

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January 04, 2017

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Chocolate Matcha Green Tea Vegan Cake

Soft dense vegan cake with the great combination of earthly matcha and bittersweet chocolate, makes a perfect dessert for tonight dinner

All the mouth-watering feasting has now passed and 2017 is finally here. To ring in the New Year, we thought we’d kick off 2017 with an awesome recipe from our fabulous contributor, Tess Begg. This week she is sharing with us her new delicious matcha treat - Vegan Chocolate Matcha Tea Cake.

Along with contributing recipes to Kenko Tea, Tess recently wrote more than 110 recipes for her book Vegan Made Simple, which was released last year. You can get her book or check out her gorgeous masterpieces at @tessbegg.

Tess’ Matcha Chocolate Vegan Cake is super easy and takes less than 30 mins to make. The recipe is free from any refined sugar or dairy, making this matcha-chocolatey treat healthier than your average chocolate cake, and a great alternative after a season of indulgence.

Vegan Choco Green Tea Matcha Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 + ⅓ cup spelt flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • ½ cup unrefined cane sugar
  • ¼ cup brown rice malt syrup
  • 2 flax eggs (3 tbsp flax meal + 5-6 tbsp water - set aside to thicken)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut paste
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 bag of dairy free chocolate chips

Method

  1. Mix flour, almond meal, baking powder and matcha till uniformly mixed.
  2. Mix sugar with the wet ingredients until incorporated.
  3. Combine 2 mixtures until well combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips into the mixture.
  5. Transfer to a cake tin lined with parchment paper, smooth out the top.
  6. Pop in the oven for 25 mins at 190 C.
  7. Dust matcha powder and drizzle melted chocolate on top
  8. Cut into small squares and Enjoy!

Healthy vegan Matcha Chocolate Cake made with natural unrefined sugar, dairy-free milk, antioxidant-rich matcha and nutritious chocolate. It's the perfect treat to get back on your healthy track!

What a great way to ring in the new year! Share the love by dishing out these cake squares at work or school. Below is Tess’ video showing how she bakes this delectable matcha chocolate cake.

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    December 28, 2016

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    Sugar-free Mango Matcha Tropical Smoothie

    If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably over-indulged during Christmas, so this week we have a new recipe to set our bodies back into healthy mode.

    This after-Christmas recipe is a simple yet tasty Tropical Mango Matcha Smoothie created by the lovely Cherie Tu from @thrivingonplants

    Tropical Green Tea Smoothie blend of mango, banana, and pineapple making the refreshing drink for the wintery heat

    Cherie is a passionate vegan enthusiast who loves to create and innovate different vegan recipes to inspire others. You can check out Cherie and her inspiring creations here!

    This tropical matcha smoothie is made from yummy and refreshing tropical fruits - mango, pineapples, bananas and coconut, giving you some of the vitamins and antioxidants you need for a healthy life.

    The recipe is sugar-free, dairy-free, raw, and refreshing, making it the perfect natural remedy for after-Christmas overindulgence.

    Vegan Tropical Matcha Mango Smoothie

    Dairy-free and sugar-free matcha smoothie with your favourite tropical fruits, mango, banana and pineapple

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups baby spinach
    • Small handful of mint
    • 1 cup frozen mangoes
    • 1 cup fresh pineapple
    • 3-4 ripe bananas
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup (sub with 3 dates)
    • ½ tbsp Kenko matcha powder
    • 1.5 cups coconut milk

    Method

    1. Blend everything in a blender until smooth and combined.
    2. Pour the smoothie into Mason jars or glass.
    3. Top with passionfruit juice or your favourite fresh fruits and toppings

    Refreshing healthy matcha tropical fruit smoothie to end your 2016 right!

    What a quick, yummy and nutritious treat to enjoy for the end of the year!

    And if you’re curious, below is the video to see how this delicious smoothie is made. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

     

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    December 21, 2016

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    Matcha Pine Lime Coconut Vegan Cheesecake

    Refreshing and healthy matcha lime cheesecake for the Holidays, with the blend of tangy pineapples and lime, the sweet creamy coconut, and the earthy matcha.

    If you need a last minute idea for a Christmas dessert, we have a great one for you! This Vegan Matcha Lime Cheesecake from Jen Vegan Matcha Lime Cheesecake from @positivelyjen 

    is sure to brighten up your festive table setting this holiday period.

    Jen is a vegan food enthusiast from Australia, currently living in London. Jen is a nutrition and health coach, has a creative and artistic sense for food, and enjoys making delicious recipes and sharing them with others online.

    You can check out Jen and her works at:

    Jen's vegan cheesecake is the perfect combination of refreshing pineapple and lime with the bittersweet matcha green tea and a subtle sweetness of coconut and cashews. The dessert is free of gluten, sugar, dairy and completely raw. 

    It's so fresh, delicious, and super healthy. It will be the perfect treats for everyone at your family dinner this winter. 

      Vegan Raw Matcha Pine Lime Cheesecake

      A slice of deliciousness from raw coconut pine lime cheesecake with the subtle hint of matcha green tea

      • Time to make: 15 mins for each layer 
      • Time to freeze: 2 hours 
      • Total: 2 hours 45 mins

      Ingredients

      Base layer
      • 1 cup desiccated coconut
      • 1 cup almonds (you can sub for any other nut – hazelnuts or pecans)
      • 6 medjool dates
      Middle layer
      • 1 cup cashews soaked for at least 4 hours (best overnight if possible)
      • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
      • 1/2 cup pineapple pieces, fresh or from a tin
      • 1/2 cup agave or brown rice syrup
      Top layer
      • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight
      • 1/3 cup coconut milk
      • 2 Tbsp agave or brown rice syrup
      • Juice of 2 limes
      • 1 Tbsp matcha powder

      Method

      Base layer
      1. Blend all ingredients until well combined for 60 secs. Scrape down the side as necessary.
      2. Transfer to a small springform cake tin lined with baking parchment. Press down evenly.
      3. Refrigerate the tin while working on the second layer.
      Middle layer
      1. Blend the cashews until almost smooth.  Scrape down the sides as necessary.
      2. Blend remaining ingredients with cashews until smooth.
      3. Add the mixture over the top of base evenly.
      4. Allow to freeze for at least 1 hour.
      Top layer
      1. Blend the cashews first then the remaining ingredients until smooth.  
      2. Add more matcha if the mixture’s too pale and blend.
      3. Transfer the top layer onto the middle layer in a cake tin.
      4. Smooth with the back of a spatula evenly.
      5. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
      6. Leave out of the freezer for 5-10 mins before cutting and serving.

      vegan raw matcha pine lime cheesecake is made with coconut-almond base held together with mejool dates and layered with 2 cheesecake layers - pineapple coconut and matcha lime.

      What a beautiful and delectable cake to enjoy on a special occasion! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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