I cannot take full credit for the Green Goblin Halloween Matcha Cocktail recipe idea. I borrowed it from Parade magazine. The magazine featured a section of “Spooky Sip” recipes last week and between Dracula’s Brew, Pumpkinhead, and the Green Goblin, I decided to go with the Green Goblin. Mostly because of the matcha….
At Least a Matcha Cocktail Has Antioxidants!
If you have our book, you know that while we do drink wine (in moderation) with regularity, we are not big on cocktail drinks UNLESS they are made without refined sugar, contain no juice and also work in some antioxidants. You can read more about my reasoning behind the “Clean Cocktail Criteria” in my Pumpkin Margarita blog post (that too would make a great Halloween cocktail, by the way!)
Anyway, the Green Goblin Matcha Cocktail meets all of the criteria. And thanks to the matcha, this is one cocktail that offers a good dose of antioxidants.
I’m not going to try and tout the Green Goblin cocktail as a health tonic, but if you are going to drink alcohol then you might as well work in some superfoods. The amazing benefits of REAL green tea,which include matcha, might not totally offset the alcohol, but it certainly can’t hurt!
Matcha Health Perks
I know a lot of people know about the benefits of green tea, mostly because of its antioxidant content. But matcha has green tea beat. One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. In fact, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than just about any other ‘superfood’.
One cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea!
Using the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more antioxidant activity than pomegranates or blueberries. Matcha’s ORAC rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units.
In addition to antioxidants, matcha offers additional health perks:
- Boosts metabolism
- Safe detoxifier
- Calms the mind
- Rich in fiber & chlorophyll
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
So, if you are going to have a cocktail, adding a bit of matcha is definitely a good idea. It just might help offset a bit of the alcohol….
Where to Buy Matcha?
You can buy loose matcha powder, which is what you will need for the Green Goblin Matcha Cocktail below, from just about any natural foods store. You can also buy it online from Amazon. ***I think it is important to look for an organic brand***
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 medjool dates
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder, plus more for rimming glasses
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons vodka
- 1 1/2 cup ice
- 2 lemon wedges
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and process until smooth and creamy.