- 40ml hazelnut liqueur (e.g. Frangelico)
- 20ml orange liqueur (e.g. Cointreau)
- 10ml citrus juice (fresh)
- 1/2 bar spoon matcha powder (e.g. Yugen)
It’s probably the healthiest tea type out there: fully packed with antioxidants (10 x more than regular green tea or pomegranate). One class, the catechins (esp. EGCg), is pretty unique to this precious product and contributes to preventing cancer. And with high amounts of the amino acid L-Theanine & caffeine, it will help you to slip into a state of focused relaxation similar to meditation.
Fresh matcha powder has a vibrant, almost luminous, jade-like green color. It always tastes creamy & rich with the characteristic underlying umami qualities. However, the flavor can range from bitter to rather sweet, from floral to rather fruity, from mild to intense. Tip: there is a tendency that cheaper matcha has more bitter flavors and more expensive ones provide a sweet mildness and increased umami.
Those chemical compounds have the ability to enhance the flavor of matching aromas, typically resulting in a pleasant “brothy” or “meaty” taste with a long-lasting, coating & mouth-watering sensation over the tongue. Products with naturally high umami qualities are fish, caved meat, mushrooms, specific vegetables (e.g. ripe tomatoes, spinach), breast milk, and… green tea (matcha).
If you think the basic ingredients are just right but still want more complexity, you might wanna try Grand Manier orange liqueur instead of Cointreau. Grand Manier is Cognac-based and offers a wider, darker flavor spectrum with vanilla and oak notes compared to the smooth, sweet-bitter-balanced, neutral-spirited Cointreau.
Adjusting some nuances to satisfy your personal taste: do you like it a little bit edgier? Perfuming the drink with oil from a lemon zest will add freshness, even for your nose, and a new layer of tartness. Or do you want sourness to be more in the background? Then add a few drops of sugar syrup which will smoothen the edges and intermingle the ingredients more.
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