Pineapple Ginger Matcha

Now if you’re a fan of Starbucks, you may be familiar with their Pineapple Matcha Drink. It intrigued me and I’ve had it two or three times so far, but I find that it’s never properly made (clumpy matcha!) and can be a bit too sweet. But I really enjoy the flavour combination because it’s delicious and definitely makes me feel like I’m somewhere else which is currently important to me (and a lot of other people) because it’s summer and I think we all had different plans for this year than what has unfolded so far.

Luckily, it was super easy for me to figure out what they put in it, since their website provides a list of ingredients. So I knew that they used a pineapple ginger syrup, matcha, coconut milk and ice – how hard could it be, right? I’m a fan of making simple syrups – I use them a lot in my drink recipes because they’re so easy to make. This isn’t any different, because with a little bit of know-how, and a touch of fresh ginger, you too could be sipping on a made-at-home Pineapple Ginger Matcha… all without going through the drive thru at your local coffee shop and without ordering delivery!

Pineapple Ginger Matcha – Serves 2

½-1 tablespoon Ginger Pineapple Simple Syrup (see recipe below)
4 teaspoons matcha¹
250ml hot water²
500ml unsweetened coconut milk
Fresh pineapple, for garnish³
Ice

¹ I used Whisk Premium Matcha’s Everyday. You can use the matcha of your choice, but I would steer away from matcha blends or sweetened matchas.
² Heat to the instructions for your particular matcha; usually it’s not boiling.
³ Don’t sweat it if you don’t have fresh pineapple on hand, canned would work just as well!

Pineapple Ginger Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup water
1 cup sugar¹
½-1″ fresh ginger root²
Pineapple core, cubed³

¹ I used granulated white sugar.
² I used an approximately ½” piece of fresh ginger root.
³ For a fresh pineapple, the core is generally quite hard to eat because it’s so fibrous, but it has a lot of flavour! So I cut out the core, cubed it, and tossed that into my sauce pan for the Pineapple Ginger Simple Syrup.

Prepare Pineapple Ginger Simple Syrup

Put all ingredients together in a small sauce pan over low heat.
Allow the syrup to come to a simmer and allow it to cook until it takes on a nice golden colour.
Strain out solids as you pour the simple syrup into a clean container.
Allow to cool before use.
Store in the fridge.

Prepare Pineapple Ginger Matcha

Add ice to your glass.
Add Pineapple Ginger Syrup, you can always add more if it’s not sweet enough to your liking.
Prepare matcha – I shook up approximately 125ml water with my matcha in a shaker cup for each serving, pour into glass.
Fill the rest of the glass with your coconut milk.
With the garnish, cut a small slit in the pineapple wedge so it can sit on the rim.
Admire the pretty layers before taking a straw to the drink to mix it up.

If you make this Pineapple Ginger Matcha, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!

Matcha Soda

While some coffee shops have taken to offering the #PSL on their menus again, I am still holding onto the idea of summer. Even though it rained last night, I’m still hoping for a warm September because it’d be really nice to still get to enjoy the patio and iced drinks on the regular.

Matcha is one of those drinks that I’ve grown to love. I think part of the issue is that I’ve definitely have had matcha that doesn’t taste good, and then I had matcha that does. This is definitely one of those good ones. I wanted to make a tasty drink to have at home, something that could be iced, and I’ve been really enjoying sparkling water lately… So mixing my want to drink matcha and my need for iced, bubbly drinks meant that a Matcha Soda was born! And quickly had. This is so easy to make at home, you could easily eyeball the amounts instead of measuring it out and just make it to your taste – so simple! And if you layer it, the Matcha Soda looks impressive and will look great on your Instagram!

Matcha Soda – Serves 1

2 teaspoons matcha
150ml water (cold)
1-2 teaspoons simple syrup¹
250ml sparkling water
Ice cubes

¹ Simple syrup is super easy (simple!) to make. Put a 1:1 ratio of granulated sugar and water in a sauce pan and allow it to reach a simmer on your stove top. It’ll thicken into a sweet syrup after you take it off the heat and allow it to cool. I used about 2 teaspoons of simple syrup in my glass of Matcha Soda. Store your excess simple syrup in a jar in the fridge to enjoy – it’ll keep for a bit, but I usually use mine up within a week.

To start, add some ice to your glass.
Add some of the simple syrup (you can always add more later if it’s not sweet enough).
Add water and matcha into a jar, tighten the lid and shake!
Pour matcha on top of the ice.
Pour in the sparkling water.
Admire the layers!

If you make this Matcha Soda, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!

Dalgona Matcha (Vegan)

Dalgona coffee has been trending over the last few weeks as people are looking for something to do. If you’ve ever looked up dalgona, it’s actually a Korean candy that resembles honeycomb toffee (yum!) – which has no part in the dalgona coffee recipes that I’ve come across at all. The work from home and required social distancing is reason enough to look for something to at home as people become better (or worse?) cooks and baristas at at home.

As someone who doesn’t drink coffee, I definitely scoffed at this idea of making a whipped coffee. That is, until I saw photos of a matcha version pop up on Instagram. But most people were sharing photos of it without a recipe (for shame!). So I challenged myself to make it at home with what I had on hand. It took a few attempts, but I finally got something that tasted good, looked mostly right – and I did it all with ingredients I had available – win! Because of the ingredients I used, this is vegan, you’re perfectly welcome to sub in non-vegan/vegetarian ingredients…

Just don’t use coconut milk. I tried that (and it was gross).

Dalgona Matcha – Serves 2

1 tbs matcha powder¹
2 tbs agave syrup
4 tbs aquafaba²
Soy milk³
Handheld milk frother or whisk

¹I used DavidsTea’s Grand Cru Matcha.

²Aquafaba is this fascinating stuff that is the water from cooking legumes (like chickpeas!). I got the aquafaba from this recipe from opening up a can of chickpeas, but you can cook your own and use the water from that.

³I use Silk’s Unsweetened Organic Soy Milk as my non-dairy milk of choice.

In a bowl (or measuring cup), froth the aquafaba until it is approximately tripled in volume and white.
Slowly mix in agave syrup, continue to froth.
With handheld frother off, sift in matcha. Stir it in with a spoon before turning on the milk frother again and fully incorporate the matcha.
Fill 2 glasses approximately ¾ full with your soy milk.
Top with frothed matcha foam.
Take a photo (or two) for the ‘gram & enjoy!

If you make this Dalgona Matcha, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!