Matcha Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Photo Courtesy Molly Yeh

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. Are you looking for a little green treat to serve friends and family? Here are some mouth-watering matcha inspired recipes by food blogger Molly Yeh.

All recipes require matcha, you can find it here. You can find even more matcha inspired recipes on foodandwine.com .

Matcha Latte

Start your St. Patrick’s Day with a tall hot mug of Matcha Latte! If you’ve never had matcha with hot milk, you have to give this a try! For a dairy-free substitute, try using coconut or hemp milk for a creamy flavor.

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Matcha Oreos

Who can resist a home-made oreo cookie? Dunk it, twist it, do whatever you have to in order to get to that wonderful green frosting. This is sue to please everyone.

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Chocolate Cupcake with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

Imagine warm, moist cupcakes just out of the oven with rich buttery frosting and a hint of sweet green tea. Try this recipe, or feel free to incorporate matcha into your favorite frosting recipe.

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Matcha Coconut Macaroon

These tasty treats are great for the gluten-free crowd. In fact, if you want to be creative you could make these dairy free and egg free as well.

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Matcha Pound Cake with Almond Glaze

Have a slice of this rich, delicious matcha-infused pound cake with a tall mug of your favorite tea. This is a great afternoon tea companion.

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How To Brew Loose Leaf Tea Using A Tea Bag

You like the convenience of dunking a tea bag in a cup, guilty as charged. That doesn’t mean you need to settle for the low grade fannings and dust used for tea at the grocery store.

Brewing loose leaf tea in a tea bag is actually very easy and allows you to sample a wider selection of tea and make it as strong or as weak as you want.

All you need is loose leaf tea, hot water, and a paper tea filter for loose leaf tea. We sell T-Sac paper tea filters in a variety sizes, for cups, mugs, and teapots. Just choose the size for what you are brewing your tea in. They have an opening at the top that allows you to spoon in the tea.

In general, use one heaping teaspoon per cup of water. Once you have the tea in the bag, pour hot water over it like you would a tea bag. Let it steep for the recommended time and you’re done.

Before you throw that tea bag away, remember that many teas can be resteeped.

Tip: If your cup or mug is taller than your tea bag, you might have to worry about the tea bag falling in. To fix that, use a chopstick. Stab the tea bag at the top and rest the chopstick on top of the mug.

What Teas Can Be Resteeped? How Many Times?

How many times can I resteep tea?

Don’t throw away your tea after steeping it! You might have a lot of flavor left in those tea leaves. Many teas are renowned for their ability to retain flavor after re-steeping. In fact, in China, many times the first infusion is dumped out! It’s the second infusion they are after.

What Teas Can Be Re-steeped?

So what teas can be resteeped? The short answer is that any tea can be resteeped. It’s a matter of preference really. If you taste the second steeping and like it, then let no one stand between you and your favorite cuppa.

Pu-Erh Tea: Pu-erh teas are fermented for years like a fine wine to get their distinct flavor. In general, the older the tea, the more times it can be resteeped. In fact, some pu-erhs hold their flavor after 10 re-steepings!

Oolong Tea: Some oolong teas have a very complex flavor that changes from steep to steep. You should be able to get at least 2-3 steepings, if not more from a decent quality oolong.

Green Tea: Most green teas re-steep very well. You should be able to get 2-3 steepings from a good quality green tea.

White Tea: While not generally known for a strong flavor, white teas have a spring-like clean, smooth flavor that is resilient to multiple infusions. Like green teas, you should get 2-3 steepings.

Black Tea: Known for their strength and robustness, black teas hold up less well to multiple infusions. In general, your first infusion is going to be strong, full-bodied. A second and third infusion will still hold pleasant, distinct notes, but will not be as full-bodied. If you like your black teas strong, go ahead and leave the tea leaves in for up to ten minutes for your second infusion. most black teas won’t get bitter. You might be able to squeeze out a second good cup.

Flavored Tea: Flavored teas tend to lose a lot of potency after the first steeping, but it’s worth a try to see if your tea holds up well.

Herbal Tea: So many herbs encompass the herbal tea category. Some herbs perform better than others with multiple infusions. Stronger flavors perform better, but any herbal tea is worth a second steeping, you’re only wasting some hot water if it tastes bad!

How to Resteep Tea

Every tea has its own steeping instructions. It’s important to use the right temperature water and length of time for each tea. Follow our tea brewing guide for a reference.

After your first steeping, paying attention to temperature is not as important, as the bitter tannins are mostly gone in the first steeping.

When resteeping tea add 1-2 minutes to the original steeping time. For each additional steep, continue to add 1-2 additional minutes until the flavor is exhausted.

How Long Between Steepings?

The biggest enemy to tea is moisture and oxidation. Once you steep your tea, it begins to break down much faster. Most teas should be re-steeped in the span of a couple of hours. After that, teas just won’t taste the same. In case you were wondering, refrigeration doesn’t help either. Better to make less tea to avoid waste.

White teas are especially sensitive. They should be re-steeped ASAP. While normally a clear color infusion, a white tea infusion can actually turn black from oxidation in a short period.

Should I Rinse My Tea Leaves?

For certain teas, rinsing is highly recommended. Pu-erh teas tend to have a harsh flavor in the first steeping. Also, teas that tend to have an unpleasant astringency can be rinsed. A quick rinse will cut unpleasant flavors.

To rinse tea, dispense your tea leaves into your infuser. Pour hot water over the leaves inside the infuser. You can do this inside your teapot or mug so the hot water heats it up. No need to fill the pot all the way, just a cup will do. Don’t let the tea leaves sit in the water too long, or it will release all its flavor. Dump the water immediately after rinse.

My Flavor is Exhausted! What Now?

Tea leaves make great compost. You can also clean with tea leaves. Let your tea serve you well!

How Long Does Tea Last

how long does tea last?

Properly stored loose leaf tea can last up to a year or longer. Will it taste as good as the day you bought it? No.

In general, you will get optimum flavor if used within 3 months.

That said, make sure the tea you purchase hasn’t been sitting on the shelf for a long time. At Divinitea, we hand blend our teas in small batches every day, to ensure that it’s the freshest it can be before reaching our customers.

Also, make sure you properly store your tea. When you buy your tea, transfer it immediately to a stainless steel tea tin. Stainless steel is great because it blocks sunlight, doesn’t absorb odors, and when properly constructed, makes a good seal.

Store your tea in a cool, dry place to ensure the greatest shelf-life. You might also want to mark the date on your tea tin if you think it will sit on the shelf a while, that way you remember exactly when you purchased it.

In addition, avoid bagged tea at the grocery store which is made of lower grade fannings and dust. This tea tends to sit on the shelf longer and oxidizes faster once opened.

For more advice on how to store your tea, check out our tea storage guide.

Note: Pu-erh teas are a rare exception to the shelf-life rule. Pu-erhs are aged teas, and improve over time, if properly stored.