Fun fact: I gave up coffee almost 6 months ago, but still need a morning pick me up, cue matcha. If you haven’t tried this delightful little green powder, it’s a must. Occasionally I throw it in some ice water and mix it up, or I drink it with boiling water and a dash of local honey and maybe a slice of lemon. For those of you unfamiliar, matcha is ground up green tea leaves – yes, that’s it.

Since giving up coffee, I’ve become a little bit too obsessed with Starbucks green tea lattes. For their new lineup of drinks, they introduced the Starbucks Citrus Green Tea Latte. If you haven’t tried it, I recommend it. If you have tried it and now you’re hooked but like myself CANNOT justify almost $6 for a fancy blend more than once a week … I have you covered. While this version may not be as sinfully delicious as the Starbucks variety, it brings it’s own with a light citrus and mint flavor, it is my new good morning fix!

IMG_3986Lemon and Mint Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/2 lemon thick sliced
1/2 cup fresh mint

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, dissolve your sugar into the water and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Once removed from heat, place your lemon slices and fresh mint into your sugar water and cover for 20-30 minutes. This allows the mixture to infuse.
  3. After 20-30 minutes, strain your mixture into your container of choice, although I do recommend glass. I used a mason jar for easy pouring throughout the week.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then place in the refrigerator. It stays good for approximately 10-12 days.

Tip: If you’re legal to drink, this simple syrup tastes amazing with vodka and soda water, garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon slice. Or use as an unusual twist to your traditional glass of whiskey or bourbon.

You can also use the simple syrup directions but infuse it with a variety of other herbs and fruits to add some flair to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as the spring and summer approaches.

Citrus Green Tea Latte

Ingredients:

1/2 cup boiling water
3/4 cup heated milk of your choice, because of a tree nut allergy in our home, soy is our milk of choice. However, almond, coconut or dairy milk would all suffice.
*If you’d like this to be creamier, omit the 1/2 cup boiling water and use 1 1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder, I purchase this at our local health food store, it’s pricey but lasts a long time, even when
Lemon and Mint Simple syrup to taste, I use 1-2 tablespoons

Directions:

  1. In a large mug, place heated milk, matcha, simple syrup.
  2. Pour in boiling water while whisking vigorously.
  3. Enjoy!

Winter was hooked on hockey by age 6, when she first witnessed a bench clearing brawl between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators. Growing from hockey fan to hockey player, Winter followed her passions by founding The Pink Puck. While she also loves fashion and the outdoors, hockey will always be her center ice. Email: winter@thepinkpuck.com Twitter: @Winter_Adams

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