Very Green Iced Tea

Want a zingingly refreshing recipe for iced tea made with matcha green tea? Oh go on, at least try it. It’s very good.

Sabrina Ghayour - Feasts
This recipe is adapted from a recipe from Sabrina Ghayour’s Feasts.

I made Green Ginger Lemonade from Sabrina Ghayour’s Feasts a couple of weeks ago. I love it. It’s so refreshing. And I wondered what it would be like with some green tea added in to make it a little energy booster. In fairness the citrus, mint, ginger and sugar in this makes it a bit of a pick-me-up anyway but yes adding in some green tea makes it just that bit more of a booster.

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A refreshing green tea for the hot weather.

I’m trying to give up coffee. I’m not really managing to do it. I love this – but I still seem to need coffee to start the day. But I’m hoping that with a bit of blood pumping exercise in the morning followed by a pitcher of this sipped slowly throughout the morning I could manage it.

Maybe?

ingredients for very green iced tea
Limes, lemons, ginger, mint, dill, sugar and green tea.

This does contain 6 tablespoons of caster sugar but it’s not really sweet. It has just enough sweetness that the citrus and grated ginger flavours are smoothed out nicely. So this is a drink that adults will enjoy but it’s nowhere near sweet enough for children. You could add more sugar to it but to be honest I think the amount in it is plenty. You could try adding less but honestly it needs it – and in hot weather I actually think sugary drinks (unless you cant take sugar for medical reasons) are a good idea. And the lemons, limes, mint, dill and ginger add nutrients to the sweetness – so it’s not like it’s empty calories. And of course matcha green tea is supposed to be very good for you.

very green iced tea ingredients in a blender
And this is so simple I can even make it while still half asleep.

Very Green Iced Tea

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Makes about 1.25 litre

Very Green Iced Tea

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon of match green tea powder
  • 4 - 6 tablespoons (~ 60g) caster sugar
  • 500ml tepid water
  • ice
  • leaves from 3-4 sprigs of mint (about 2 tablespoons)
  • some dill fronds (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 5cm root ginger, grated
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 limes, zest and juice

Instructions

  1. Mix the green tea powder with the sugar and put in a measuring jug. Pour in 200 ml of hot water and stir till everything is dissolved and blended together. Top up with cold water till you 500ml of tepid sweet green tea.
  2. Half fill a blender with ice. Add the mint leaves, grated ginger, dill, zest of the lemon and lime, and pour over the lemon and lime juice. Pour the tepid and sweet green tea on top. Blend until well blended - it takes a good 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. The raw ginger can give this a very slight sort of fibrous texture but if you leave it to chill for 1 hour it seems to soften the ginger somehow.
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spoonsSo I made this again today (July 10 ’18) – because I love it. Didn’t manage to make it in the morning but made it really quickly at lunchtime and used the first tablespoon that came to hand. I have tablespoons that I use for eating and ones that I use for cooking and I suddenly realised (how I didn’t realise this before is … I don’t know…) – I suddenly realised one set is much bigger than the other so when I say 6 tablespoons of sugar in this recipe I actually mean about 60g of caster sugar and not six large tablespoons as then this does become quite sweet.

pitcher of very green iced tea
The lemon and lime slices in the picture are there just for the photo. This iced green tea is citrus-y enough by itself.

Hope you try this and enjoy it – and the gorgeous sunshine!

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