Make a Motto cocktail. The recipe is below.
Photo courtesy The Verto Company.
WHAT IS MATCHA TEA?
Matcha is a bright green, powdered green tea that is ground to the consistency of talc. It is made from ten-cha tea leaves, which are gyokuro leaves that have been not been rolled into needles but are steamed and dried. The tea bushes are shaded from sunlight for three weeks before harvesting, producing amino acids that sweeten the taste of the tea.
Unlike whole leaf tea, which is heat-panned for steeping, the leaves for matcha are ground like flour, slowly and finely in a stone mill. To brew the tea, the powder is whisked into water, where it produces a wonderful aroma, a creamy, silky froth and a rich, mellow taste.
Powdered tea is the original way in which tea was prepared: steeping dried leaves in boiling water didn’t arrive until the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
Matcha contains a higher amount of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, L-theanine amino acids, polyphenols, chlorophyll and fiber) than other teas. In recent years, matcha has become a popular cooking and baking ingredient, and now comes in different grades for different uses—including the popular green tea latte.
In the absence of green tea ice cream, sprinkle some matcha on vanilla ice cream (check out these uses for matcha tea).
RECIPE: GREEN TEA COCKTAIL
Here’s a refreshing yet sophisticated cocktail idea from Motto:
Ingredients Per Drink
3-4 ounces gin
1/2 ounce agave
1/2 lemon squeezed
6 ounces Motto
Small bunches mint and basil
Garnish: lime wedge
1. MUDDLE equal parts mint and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, agave and lemon. Shake over ice.
2. STRAIN into a tall glass over cracked ice. Add 6 ounces Motto and stir gently.
3. GARNISH and serve.