Matcha has always been our favourite ingredient to be used in food and even drinks. Not that it tastes nice it also have good benefits for our body. While we are still new to matcha we only use it to make Matcha Latte and desserts. However when we are getting better at using this ingredient we tried making more variations like Matcha Pumpkin Nut Milk, Matcha Espresso, Coconut Matcha Pines and more.
This time we decided to make use of it to spruce up your soda or sparkling water – Sparkling Matcha. It’s made with matcha tea powder and soda or sparkling water for a bubbly and refreshing drink. You only need a few minutes to create this drink and it’s absolutely perfect for warm days when you don’t feel like sipping hot matcha tea.
If you’re not familiar with matcha, you can read more over at this post. The trick to a good matcha drink is matcha powder. Matcha powder is one of those ingredients that you should spend a little bit extra on and get a high-quality brand because it can vary hugely in quality. Generally, the lighter-coloured matcha powders are of better quality and always choose an organic brand so you’re getting the cleanest matcha and the best taste.
A little note about making a good match is that you might want a matcha whisk. For those who are using matcha power and make matcha often, we recommend investing in a bamboo whisk called a chasen. Its special design breaks up clumps and creates a frothy layer of foam on top of the tea. If you don’t have one, use a regular whisk or an electric milk frother instead. Whisking or stirring with a fork or spoon will not work here.
Which Sparkling Water did we use?
Sparkling water, often sold as sparkling mineral water, is a product that comes naturally carbonated. The carbonation comes from a natural spring or well. Sparkling water also contains calcium, sodium, and magnesium. These minerals could be an excellent addition to your dietary plan.
For this case, we use S’ PELLEGRINO Sparkling Natural Mineral Water which comes with a unique blend of minerals, fine bubbles and subtle nuances that we like. There are times when we replace the sparkling water with tonic water too, adding a little bitterness to the drink.
Creating the Layers
To make this an Instagram-able drink, creating the layers is an important step here. After many trials and errors, one tip that you need to know is to use A LOT of ice!! Also, the cold helps. Start by making the matcha before the layering starts. The order of the ingredients also makes a big change here. First, pour the maple syrup, then the ice. Then, slowly pour the sparkling water. The slower you pour, the more distinct the layers will be! Then, pour the cooled matcha over the top!
We love discovering and sharing simple recipes that you can make at home. They make for a healthier option than store-bought products. Not that you can save money but also the environment.
2 tsp matcha green tea powder
1 tbsp hot water
1 cup(250ml) sparkling water
1 tbsp maple syrup
- Place the matcha green tea powder in a small bowl and add the hot water. Stir until the powder has completely dissolved.
- In your cup, filled it with the maple syrup and top it with ice. Then add in your sprakling water and slowly pour the matcha green tea over.