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The Latest Caffeine Craze: Matcha

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Over the past year or so, we’ve notice so many guys and gals carrying around these myserious green drinks, and we couldn’t help but wonder…WTF is that?! After doing some research, we found out that it’s the latest caffeine craze…matcha!

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Some of your favorite coffee spots like Dunkin and Starbucks have been attracting matcha fanatics with shots, lattes, and even Matcha donuts. It’s no wonder that this drink has become so hip as of late…there are so many amazing health benefits associated with drinking (or eating matcha)! Allow us to share.

Matcha is antioxidant-rich! Matcha has been found to contain catechins, natural antioxidants which are only found in this strain of green tea. Antioxidants are super powerful because they are known to prevent aging and fight off diseases. Just one cup of matcha has as many antioxidants as ten cups of your basic green tea. WOW.

Matcha improves brain function. Of course, matcha is caffeinated. The caffeine concentration in matcha is about 35mg per 1/2 tsp. Caffeine (as we know), is linked to improved attention span, reaction time, and memory. It also contains L-theanine, which is known to have calming effects. Sounds like we will be placing an Amazon Prime order for this stuff ASAP.

Matcha can be linked to cancer prevention. You heard that right! Studies on animals have shown that compounds in matcha such as ECCG inhibit the growth of certain cancer.

Matcha is heart healthy. Studies have found that when supplemented with a healthy diet, matcha can have heart disease preventing powers. Green tea has been shown to reduce levels of “LDL’s” or bad cholesterol.

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Now that we’ve covered the basics, you’re probably wondering: “how the heck do I get my hands on this magical, caffeinated beverage?” Not to worry, we’ve got some matcha inspired recipes and helpful hints for ordering on the go!

Skinny Iced Matcha Latte

Cooking with Jamica

What you will need

  • 1 1/2 cups of milk…we use non-fat milk or oat milk when we don’t want dairy…it’s so creamy!
  • 2 tsp of matcha powder…you can find it pretty much anywhere nowadays, but of course, we love that Amazon Prime 2-day delivery
  • 2 pumps of vanilla syrup…when we’re trying to keep it light, we like this one.

What you’ll need to do

  1. In a tall glass, add in the milk, matcha powder and vanilla syrup.
  2. Mix it all together! To ensure there are no chunks of powder (ew!), and that the blend is smooth, we like to use a coffee blender like this one.
  3. Pour in about a cup of ice and enjoy!

Matcha Cupcakes

Kitchen Stories

What you will need

For the cupcake

  • 1 1/4 cup of flour
  • 2 tbsp of matcha powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup

For the frosting

  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of matcha powder

What You Will Need to Do

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: buttermilk, oil, egg and maple syrup.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients: flour, matcha powder, and baking soda/powder. Then add the salt and sugar. Whisk it all up!
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and stir until it becomes a smooth batter.
  5. Distribute even parts into the cupcake liners and bake for about 16 minutes.
  6. For the frosting, beat together the ingredients until it forms whipped cream. Transfer into a piping bag, and frost once the cupcakes have cooled

On the Go Ordering

Elite Daily

Starbucks was one of the first major coffee chains to introduce their very own matcha drinks! There are so many fun ways to modify your drink order to make it even more delicious!

We recommend ordering a grande iced matcha latte with two pumps of sugar-free vanilla, and two pumps of chai for a perfectly spiced drink!

For a super unique experience, order the iced matcha latte with salted cream cold foam on top.

Cheers!

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If You Like Piña Coladas…

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Piña coladas are never a bad idea. No matter what time of the year it always, piña coladas are great cocktails that will ensure that everyone will have a great time. Here are some of our favorite piña colada recipes!

Let’s get to it

The Classic

Photo from Liquor.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Garnish: pineapple wedge
  • Garnish: pineapple leaf

Directions:

Add the rum, cream of coconut and pineapple and lime juices to a shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.Strain into a chilled Hurricane glass over pebble ice.Garnish with a pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf.

Guava Colada

Photo from FunkinCocktails.com

Ingredients:

  • 25ml Coconut Rum
  • 25ml White Rum
  • 75ml Pink Guava Puree
  • 25ml Coconut cream
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • 5ml Lime Juice

Directions:

Pour your preferred coconut rum, white rum, Funkin Pro Guava Puree, pure pour lime, sugar cane and coconut cream into a blender with one cup of crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple wedge.

Blue Colada

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Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of coconut cream
  • 5 ounces of pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce of white rum
  • 1.5 ounces of Blue Curacao
  • 1 cup of Ice

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a blender and crush until smooth. For a fun and tropical presentation, pour into a chilled glass and garnish with two slices of pineapple and a few blueberries. Top everything off with a tiny umbrella.

Old Fashioned Style

Photo from SanJuan-Waterbeachclub.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce of Coconut Ciroc (coconut vodka)
  • 2 dashes of cherry bitters
  • 1 ½ ounces of Zacapa 23 Rum
  • Coconut cream
  • Pineapple juice

Directions:

Combine coconut cream and pineapple juice and pour the mix into a sphere-shaped ice mold. Freeze for 2-3 hours. When ready to serve, mix the coconut vodka, aged rum, and cherry bitters in a tall glass. Add regular ice and stir for a few seconds. Set the frozen coconut and pineapple juice sphere in an Old-Fashioned glass and pour the rum and vodka mix over it. Sip slowly, as the sphere melts the flavors evolve from the spirit-forward Old Fashioned to the more tropical piña colada. For added texture, top the cocktail off with some pineapple foam and grated coconut.

New York’s Finest

Photo from Condado-Vanderbilt-hotel.com

Ingredients:

  • 4 pineapple chunks – muddled
  • 1 cilantro sprig
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • ¾ ounce of lime juice
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup
  • 2 ounces of Barrilito Two Stars rum

Directions:

Add the pineapple chunks, cucumber, and cilantro sprig into a shaker, along with the lime juice and simple syrup. Muddle those ingredients for a few seconds. Pour in the Barrilito Two Stars rum, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over a square ice block. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cilantro sprig.

Kiwi Colada

Photo from advancedmixology.com

Instructions:

  • 1 can Bacardi Mixers Piña Colada
  • 1 Cup Bacardi Superior Rum
  • 2 Kiwis
  • 1/4 Cup Lime Juice
  • 2 Cups of Ice
  • Kiwi wheel (for garnish)

Directions:

In a blender, add in the mixer and rum. Peel the kiwis and add to the blender. Add lime juice and ice.Blend on high until smooth. Pour the mixture into a glass. Garnish with a kiwi wheel.

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Refreshing July Cocktails

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The hot month of July calls for some refreshing and relaxing cocktails by the pool. We have found a variety of cocktails to accompany you on those hot July weekends!

Lets get to surfin’ and sippin’

Grilled Mango Margarita

Photo from Freutcake.com
Ingredients:

2 oz silver tequila

1 oz triple sec

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz fresh lemon juice

.5 oz fresh orange juice

1 oz simple syrup

grilled mango puree (strained)

tajin salt for rim

Directions:

Heat grill to medium heat. While the grill heats up, cut the skin off the mango and cut into slices about 1″ thick. Add the mango slices to the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they have a nice char on the outside. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, place the mango in a blender with a handful of ice cubes and pulse until it forms a purée. Strain into a container to store. To make the cocktail, combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels frozen. Rim your glass with Tajin. Strain into a fancy margarita glass with ice or up.

Rose Water Gin Fizz

Photo from littlekitchenbigworld.com
Ingredients:

2oz gin

.5 oz heavy cream

.5oz lemon juice

.5oz grapefruit juice

.25oz elderflower liqueur

3 dash rose water

1 egg white

Soda water to top

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in the shaker except for soda water. Add one ice cube and shake until the ice cube dissolves. Open the shaker and fill with ice, shake 30 more seconds, and double strain over ice in a glass of your choice. Slowly add soda water pouring to one side of the cocktail.

Sage And Cranberry White Sangria

Photo from Jojotastic.com
Ingredients:

 1 bottle vino verde

1/4 cup brandy or apple jack brandy

1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice

2 oz fresh orange juice

fresh fruits, such as citrus, cherries, peaches, applies, and blackberries

club soda or 7up

sage for garnish

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups water

1 cup fresh picked sage leaves

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water, and bring to a simmer. While syrup is coming up to temperature, take a small torch and lightly burn the sage leaves a couple at a time. Add the burnt leaves to the saucepan mixture. Simmer for three minutes and remove from the stove. Let steep for two hours. Strain sage leaves through a double strainer into an airtight jar for storage. Combine all ingredients except club soda or 7up into a pitcher. Let sit for 24 hours. Pour individual servings into a glass with ice until 3/4 full, then top with club soda or 7up.

Sparkling Kombucha Cubana

Photo from Pinterest.com
Ingredients:

1.5 oz white rum

1 oz Humm Kombucha passionfruit mango

.5 oz lemon juice

3 dashes of black walnut bitters

champagne

thin lime slices for garnish

Directions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients. Cover and shake. Double strain into a glass with ice and thin slices of lime. Top with bubbles!

Strawberry basil caipirinha

Photo from PeasandCrayons.com
Ingredients:

2 oz Cachaca

1/2 lime, juiced

1 bar spoonful of simple syrup

a few dashes of cherry bitters

fresh basil

fresh strawberries, sliced

Directions:

Muddle the strawberries and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add in the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish with more strawberries and basil

White Negroni

Photo from Imbible Magazine
Ingredients:

1 oz Bourbon Barreled Big Gin

1 oz Cocchi Americano

1 oz Martini & Rossi extra dry vermouth

Organic blueberry Juice

Directions:

The night before, mix together blueberry juice and water in an ice tray. Freeze overnight. The next day, combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with regular ice, stir, and strain over the glass of your choice. Place blueberry ice cubes in drink and stir.

Thai Chili Colada

Photo from Jojotastic.com
Ingredients:

2 oz dark rum

1 oz coconut rum

2 oz coconut milk

4oz pineapple juice

1/2 oz lime juice

Pineapple 

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup water

3 Thai Chilis

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Remove pineapple rind. Slice pineapple width wise into very thin slices. Place pineapple slices onto a baking sheet spaced evenly. Bake on one side until it looks dry, begin checking at the half hour mark. Flip pineapple slices and bake that side until dry. Remove from the oven and place pineapples in an empty egg carton to make the “petals” curve up. Meanwhile, Slice Thai Chilies and remove seeds. Dice peppers. Bring a cup of sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the chili peppers and remove from heat. Let cool and strain out peppers. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice, adding 1/2 oz – 1 oz chili syrup based on your heat tolerance. Shake for 2 minutes to get the drink cold and frothy. Strain into a tall glass. Top with pineapple flower for garnish

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6 Starbucks Iced Coffee Recipes to Recreate At Home

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Let’s face it. For many of us, Iced coffee is way better than hot coffee, especially during these hot summer months. However, making Iced coffee at home never tastes the same and buying coffee everyday can really hurt your wallet in the end. But this does not have to be the case anymore! We have found 6 at home Iced coffee recipes to try right now! Delicious, easy and affordable. Now that is what we are talking about!

Let’s get energized

Regular Iced Coffee

A classic, this OG drink will have you feeling refreshed during a hot summer day!

Ingredients:

• Coffee

• Ice

• Simple Syrup

• Half & Half

Directions:

fill a glass with half ice and half coffee, stir in 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and splash in some milk.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

This sweet and delicious iced coffee will make you look forward to mornings.

Ingredients:

•Espresso

•Ice

•Caramel sauce

•Vanilla syrup

•2% milk

Directions:

Add together ⅔ cups of vanilla syrup, 1 cup of milk and half a glass of ice together. Top mixture with a single espresso shot. Drizzle caramel sauce on top.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew

The seasonal special is always a huge hit. If you’re a pumpkin fan, you definitely need to try this delicious recipe.

Ingredients:

•Coffee

•Ice

•Half & Half

•Pumpkin Spice Syrup

• You also need a french press to make this recipe!!

Directions:

Add half a cup of half & half and pumpkin spice syrup into a french press and pump a few times. In another glass, mix pumpkin spice syrup into 8 oz of coffee. Then pour the coffee over a glass filled half with ice and top with foam from the french press.

Iced Mocha

Rich and chocolatey goodness mixed with coffee. Sign us up! This recipe will be your new favorite drink.

Ingredients:

•Coffee

•Milk

•Ice

•Chocolate syrup

Directions:

Shake 8 oz of Coffee and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup in a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware. Pour concoction over glass that is filled halfway with ice and a splash of milk

Salted Caramel Cold Brew with Cold Foam

This is for the at home barista that loves to go above and beyond.

Ingredients:

•Cold brew coffee

•Ice

•Half & Half

•Sea salt

•Caramel sauce

•Simple syrup

•You also need a french press for this recipe !!

Directions:

Add ⅔ cup of half & half and two tablespoons of simple syrup in french press and pump a few times. In a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware, add together 8 oz of cold brew, three teaspoons caramel sauce, and two pinches of sea salt. Shake these together until evenly mixed. Pour coffee over a glass filled halfway with ice. Top with caramel cold foa

Iced Brown Sugar Coffee

A new addition to the starbucks menu and your new favorite to make at home. Try out this Iced Brown sugar for a delicious and refreshing drink.

Ingredients:

•Coffee

•Milk

•Brown sugar

•Ice

Directions: Boil water. Once water is boiling, add brown sugar and mix. Quickly set aside to cool. Once a little cooler, add simple syrup to the glass. Then add ice to the glass with milk. Top the drink with coffee. You should be able to see three different layers in the glass!

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