Before I start I’d like to apologise for the terrible punny title, but you can blame the Teapigs team for that as it is the name of one of the Matcha infused cocktails served on the Harvey Nichols Terrace, which for the next few weeks has been taken over by Teapigs and all things Matcha.
Last week I was invited to sample some of the Matcha cocktails and canapés served on the terrace as well as taking part in an expert cocktail master class run by both Teapigs and Pococello Limoncello (I’m a limoncello convert too now!) I took my mum (am I the uncoolest blogger ever… yes!) and we both got to see Matcha in a whole new light and are officially on an all things Matcha diet!
For those of you who don’t know what Matcha is, it’s a bright green, super powered green tea powder. One cup of Matcha tea has the same nutrients value as 10 cups of regular green tea. (YEAH, this stuff means business!) Genuine Matcha comes from japan, similar to how genuine champagne can only come from Champagne in France, so it’s the posh stuff! When you drink Matcha you ingest the whole tealeaf as supposed to just the infused water and there are so many benefits to Matcha, including increased energy levels, a boosted metabolism and clearer skin… count me in!
What did we eat and drink on the Terrace?
The food and drink served on the Terrace is inspired by the recipes in the new Teapigs Book of Matcha. We tried Matcha rum punch, savory nibbles and sweet bites too, my favourite being the Matcha macaroon. I’m now on a mission to recreate these, wish me luck!
When it came to the cocktail making I was interested to see how Teapigs and colab partner Pococello would fuse both Matcha and Limoncello together to create an enjoyable drink. Well… they didn’t struggle!
My favourite cocktail was a mix of Matcha sugar syrup with added citric acid (basically Matcha sherbet syrup!), Limoncello, GIN (!!!) and a little added lemon juice. Officially my favourite cocktail EVER I immediately went home and recreated it. If you want to give it a go my version of the recipe is below!
Pococello South Coast cocktails ft. Matcha Tea
Ingredients for one serving –
- 35ml Pococello
- 15ml gin
- 15ml Matcha sugar syrup
- 15ml lemon juice
- To make the sugar syrup take 240ml water, 200g sugar and 1 ½ tsp Matcha powder and a pinch of citric Acid. Boil them down until the sugar has melted and store ready to be used.
- For the cocktail Shake all ingredients listed above vigorously.
- strain into a chilled glass ready to be enjoyed.
I really enjoyed my trip to the terrace and am SUPER pleased that they are extending it to run until the end of June meaning I can take another trip back to taste even more Matcha goodies. I’ve stocked up on my Teapigs Matcha and will be working my way through the cookbook, I might even post a Matcha recipe or two of my own up here for you all to try!