And I’ve been looking for ways to bake up something new with eggnog (I’m 24, not 4, so it get’s tough to justify drinking it straight from the carton at this point), but haven’t been intrigued by any recipe thus far.
Then, some Christmas magic happened.
Through way too much internet surfing, I was struck with an idea: matcha. green. tea. latte.
What annoys me is that a pure version of this is next to impossible to find at any coffee house. Check off one more reason I should open my own coffee shop/rent-a-book store. But, I digress.
But…if we are going to throw a sugary drink (eggnog) into anything, I like to make sure there is at least some “healthy” component. Of course, that’s where the matcha powder comes in. A few fun facts about matcha:
- It burns calories by increasing your metabolism
- High in antioxidants (one bowl of tea has 5x as many antioxidants as any other food)
- Boosts memory and concentration
- Detoxifies the body
- Increases energy and endurance
- Improves cholesterol
With benefits like that, I might start chugging this up on the daily.
To start off, I very generally followed this recipe. Aka I tweaked it quite a bit.
The great thing about adding eggnog to a matcha green tea latte is you don’t need any additional sweetener! The eggnog does that job overtime (in the best possible way).
A few important notes worth mentioning:
- I recommend getting good, organic matcha green tea powder in order to reap all the amazing benefits. But, just a warning, it is kind of expensive (my little bag cost about $10). Check the ingredients label and make sure it’s organic Japanese matcha (some teas will try to save some bucks by having a Japanese matcha filled in with Chinese matcha).
- If you don’t make your eggnog at home, I recommend purchasing Organic Valley from Whole Foods. It has whole ingredients, not those icky fillers.
- 1 tsp matcha green tea
- ¾ cup eggnog
- ¼ cup water
- Pour eggnog into a small pot, on medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer.
- Place matcha green tea powder into a mug.
- Bring water to a boil either on a stovetop (kettle) or by placing it in a heat-safe bowl and microwaving it for a little over a minute.
- Pour boiling water into mug and lightly whisk, to break up clumps.
- Heavily whisk eggnog in pan to create a foamy mixture.
- Pour hot, foamy eggnog into the green tea and enjoy by a fireplace (with a good book in hand!).
I’m highly considering bringing this powder back to my parents’ place and whipping up a batch for them.
1. Because it’s super easy.
2. It’s insanely delicious.
3. It’s 110% totally Christmas.
(Sorry, did not mean for that list to rhyme. Guess it’s just holiday hyperness!).