The hot weather has arrived with gusto, and I’ve got two fun drinks to keep you cool, an Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte and a Watermelon-Mint Cooler.
Have you tried matcha green tea? Matcha is a Japanese green tea that is made from the baby leaves of green tea plants. The leaves are ground into a powder that you mix with hot water.
Matcha green tea is super high in anti-oxidants and contains L-theanine, which boosts your mood, calms the mind, and relaxes the body.
It has less caffeine than coffee, so is a good option for those looking to reduce caffeine while still enjoying a special drink.
You can whip this drink up with no special equipment using a fork or a whisk, but if you are really into frothy drinks and love the foam of a latte, try this neat little handheld milk frother which will gives you creamy frothy drinks in seconds at home.
Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
Time: 5 minutes. Serves: 1
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder (I like this one)
- ½ cup boiling water
- Almond milk (or your milk of choice)
- Ice cubes
- Pure liquid stevia, to taste
To prepare: put one teaspoon of matcha green tea powder in a mug, add the boiling water and stir to dissolve. Add almond milk to your mug till almost full and whisk well or use a handheld milk frother. Then add some ice to cool it down. Add stevia drops until you reach your desired level of sweetness. Enjoy!
And this one is a summer tradition in our house....
Here’s a hydrating summer cooler that hits the spot! I love serving it to guests for a festive cooling drink in the heat.
While lots of pure filtered water is my go-to for staying hydrated in the heat, including other cooling and hydrating foods like coconut water, cucumber, or watermelon is also a good bet.
Try cool coconut water after a workout or a day spent outdoors in the hot sun to replenish electrolytes.
Enjoy sliced cucumbers in your water to make a tasty spa water.
Or, reach for a cucumber salad or anything with watermelon for a delicious hydrating snack.
My husband used to feel pretty "meh" about watermelon. This Watermelon-Mint Cooler converted him.
- About 5 cups watermelon
- Several sprigs of fresh mint
- A little ice
Whirl all ingredients in your Vitamix or other blender and enjoy.
Garnish with some fresh mint leaves for a festive look.
Let me know how you like these drinks and Stay Cool out there!