Matcha Green Tea Latte

I have found an amazing pick-me-up for the afternoon slump! Note: It contains a lot of caffeine. I love the Starbucks green tea latte (not found on the menu, I might add), but it can get pricey when you order it over and over. So, I decided to investigate this matcha powder business. I went over to Dorothy Lane Market and picked up some Republic of Tea Matcha powder for about $14. If I use 1.5 tsp per cup, it will make about 18 servings or so. Not bad!

I found the recipe for the green tea latte on this website.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp hot (not boiling) water
  • 1 tsp sugar (I use 3)
  • 1 cup skim milk

Directions:

Sift the matcha powder through a mesh basket into the cup to get rid of lumps. Add the hot water to the powder and whisk quickly, or use a frother to make a smooth dark green paste. In a small saucepan, heat the milk and sugar over high heat, but do not bring to a boil. Small bubbles should be appearing on the surface and the edges of the saucepan when you remove it from the heat. Froth the milk for 20-30 seconds. The volume will double! Pour into the cup. Here, I add a step and froth the latte. Sprinkle with more matcha powder from the mesh basket.

 

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Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini

The best blueberry lemon drop martini I’ve ever tasted? It’s at Fleming’s. I needed to create my own version.

After a lot of experimentation, this recipe yielded the tastiest martini.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz blueberry (Stolichnaya) vodka
  • 8 blueberries
  • 3 tsp simple syrup*
  • Ice

Directions:

Pour the lemon juice and blueberries into the cocktail shaker first. Muddle the blueberries a bit (this will release the juices and give the martini that pretty pink/purple color). Add the vodka, simple syrup, and ice. Shake for 20 seconds and pour into a chilled martini glass!

 

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*It is important that you use the right type of simple syrup because the two different recipes will yield different results. The original simple syrup recipe I used to make this martini has 2 parts sugar to 1 part water, and therefore, 3 tsp of simple syrup is very sweet. I think the martini tastes best that way. However, some use a simple syrup recipe of 1 part sugar to 1 part water, and 3 tsp of that will be less sweet. It makes a difference when mixed in with the drink. I prefer the first!

Kiwi Vanilla Protein Shake

Another protein shake for an energized day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 small banana
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 peach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 4-5 ice cubes

Directions:

Blend banana and water first. Add the kiwi and peach and blend again. Add the protein powder and blend. Finally, add the ice cubes and blend for another minute.

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Cherry Peach Protein Smoothie

It’s cherry season, and that means I’m finding ways to incorporate cherries into all sorts of dishes. I’ll start with a cherry protein shake, using the Isopure Zero Carb Creamy Vanilla protein powder I just purchased. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 small peach, quartered
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 6 frozen cherries
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Directions:

In a blender, puree the banana, milk, and peach. Add the protein powder. Add the frozen cherries and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

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Apple Banana Spinach Smoothie

Here are two versions of a healthy smoothie: one with spinach, one without.

For the spinach smoothie:

Blend 1 banana, cut into chunks, with 1/3 cup cold water and 1/2 apple, cut into chunks. Add 1/2 cup raw spinach and 5 chunks frozen mango.

Not the best picture =(
Not the best picture =(

 

For the next smoothie, I omitted the spinach. It didn’t change the flavor much.

Looks much tastier!
Looks much tastier!

Meli’s Mango Martini

I could write so much about Secrets Maroma Beach Resort in Cancun. Great food, beautiful beach, nice people. I discovered this delicacy the second night there, and that was the end of wine and beer for me. I was told how to make it while I was there, but their recipe was pretty complicated and I didn’t write it down. I did some online research, and it turns out it is a pretty complicated drink to make. There are tons of different recipes calling for various ingredients. I don’t feel like going out and buying a bunch of different liquors that I will only use once, so I decided to keep things simple. Trader Joes sells frozen mango chunks, and I figured that would be a great base for my mango martini.

Ingredients:

4 chunks frozen mango, softened (about 1/2 cup)
1tsp sugar
2 tablespoons water
Juice of 1 small lime (about 1 tablespoon)
1.5 oz vodka

Directions:
In a blender, purée the mango, water, sugar and lime until desired consistency. Pour into cocktail shaker with vodka and ice. Serve in a sugar-rimmed glass.

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Mighty Berry Martini

Here is an experiment I came up with during my quest to create the perfect martini. It’s very thick and it WILL stain if you spill it, so wear a bib or just be very careful! 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup frozen berries (cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
1/8 cup water
2 tsp sugar
1/2 lime
2 oz vodka

Directions:

Purée the berries, sugar, lime, and water in a blender. Mix this with the vodka and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.

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