Recipe: Matcha Mint Magic

It's that time of year again. I have mint coming out of my ears. I'm always looking for something lovely to do with it but you can only do so much garnishing cocktails and making hot tea before it's boring. One of the things I love most about mint though is that it's so invigorating! So recently when I received a complimentary bag of Kiss Me Organics organic matcha I decided I wanted to come up with something green and energizing to drink around that 2-3PM slump I get when the coffee wears off that paired the two.

The great thing about mint is that it grows like mad with very little care and almost anywhere. So if you want to try this out and don't want to spend $5 on a handful of sprigs at the store you might want to try planting some in a pot. (Be sure you read up on it beforehand because it's known for being the plant that will overtake your garden if not kept in check). I currently have three different varieties spearmint, chocolate mint, and plain ol' mint, which is what I used here but I think it'd be great to try it with other varieties.

Matcha Mint Magic 

• 2 quart pitcher
• several handfuls of fresh mint
• 2 cups of ice
• 1 tablespoon organic matcha powder
Layer half the mint followed by half the ice, then the second half of the mint and the ice. Place the matcha powder on top and then fill with water. Stir vigorously and refrigerate overnight for best flavor. Serve over ice with a teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of lime. 
Alternatively, you can serve it over ice with more water if you'd like more of a 'detox water' type beverage than an iced tea. You could add lemon or lime slices, even a few slices of fresh ginger root or another favorite fruit. Both mint and matcha pair well with citrus, berries, and stone fruits, as well as edible flowers like lavender.

After the initial overnight infusing of the mint you can remove it if you don't want it to continue infusing flavor. It will get kind of ugly looking after a couple of days anyway. You can serve it with some of the mint mixed in but I hate when leaves hit my lips so I use a pitcher with a straining lid.

I've been drinking this all week both as an iced tea and as a water flavoring and I love it. I'm going to try adding some lavender once my plant has more flowers to work with. I really recommend this as a nice alternative to energy drinks and coffee in the afternoon. If you add the honey it gives a nice kick of sweetness but you could probably add stevia or some other sweetener if you prefer something else.

Notes: This recipe features a product I received for free via Tomoson in exchange for an honest review. I liked it so much I decided to feature the recipe I created with it. ☺

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