BY: Lively Staff

December 20, 2017

A Gorgeous Green Matcha Mocktail Makes for the Perfect Healthy Drink

This matcha mocktail is the perfect green drink to help you celebrate. Bonus: It also happens to be super healthy.

matcha mocktail

Matcha tea is a hot commodity right now, and there’s a reason or two (actually many!) as to why. The health benefits of matcha tea are incredible; it packs a stunning amount of antioxidants that aid in protecting against oxidative stress and free radicals (1), provides support to a healthy heart (1) and even boosts metabolism (2).

These healthy features and others of matcha tea are what make it a revered health elixir. The time-honored tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony has been centered around matcha for over 900 years. Its origin can be traced back as far as 9th century China. Matcha tea is processed differently from other types of green tea, which results in its high nutrition and antioxidant levels. The leaves are briefly steamed to prevent oxidation and to help preserve matcha’s nutrients. The matcha leaves are then ground by granite stone mills, resulting in the fine green powder we know as matcha tea.

matcha mocktail

The flavor of matcha tea is reminiscent of green tea, making it a delightful choice for this healthy mocktail. Of course, you can always go in the direction of a traditional matcha latte, with sweet flavors of vanilla and coconut milk. This matcha mocktail is savory, spicy and slightly sweet. Serving it warm sets it apart from traditional cocktails and mocktails poured over ice.

Mocktails are a great way to enjoy a tasty beverage without sacrificing your health goals if you are abstaining from alcohol. And because matcha tea has so many nutrients, there’s no need to feel bad about enjoying this healthy matcha mocktail.

The secret ingredient in this mocktail is the spicy ginger simple syrup. This recipe makes more than you’ll need for the drink, but you can use it for multiple mocktails or even to sweeten teas, breads or cookies. Ginger is a very healthy spice to consume, since it naturally brings heat to the body and supports a healthy immune system. The earthiness of matcha tea and the pungent ginger flavor complement each other in this matcha mocktail recipe. Honey and lemon bring this drink together with sweetness and acidity.

We made it convenient to get your matcha and collagen intake all in one sitting with our new Matcha Collagen powder. So next time you’re thinking of brewing a cup, make this mocktail instead. It will leave you feeling great, without the booze or buzz!

Green and Healthy Matcha Mocktail
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ounce ginger simple syrup
  2. 1 egg white
  3. 1 scoop Matcha Collagen
  4. 4-8 ounces freshly boiled water
  5. 1 t lemon juice
  6. Honey, for drizzling
Ginger simple syrup
  1. ½ C coconut sugar
  2. ½ C water
  3. 1 large ginger root knob, peeled and sliced
Instructions
  1. To make the ginger simple syrup: combine coconut sugar, water and peeled ginger in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 15-20 minutes until sugar is dissolved and syrup is fragrant (makes about a half cup). Strain and discard reserved ginger and set aside syrup.
  2. Place egg white in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, whisk the egg white until stiff peaks form, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Brew Matcha Collagen in cup of choice with freshly boiled water. Add in lemon juice and one-half to one ounce of ginger simple syrup and stir.
  4. Top with egg whites and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle matcha powder on top for added flair.
  5. Serve immediately.
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Babu, Pon Anandh, and Dongmin Liu. “Green Tea Catechins and Cardiovascular Health: An Update.” Current Medicinal Chemistry, vol. 15, no. 18, Jan. 2008, pp. 1840–1850., doi:10.2174/092986708785132979.

Dulloo, AG, et al. “Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , Dec. 1999, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10584049.


Sarah Anderson is a freelance recipe writer, personal chef, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She focuses primarily on healthy gluten-free and Paleo recipes. You can find her recipes and personal work on Instagram and Facebook @whitestripekitchen.

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