Last week an impromptu invite from a close friend and fellow blogger Pippa Leon (find her over at Pip Pip Hooray) resulted in an informative evening of cocktails and matcha with the premium tea brand Teapigs, at the renown Harvey Nichols Terrace. Teapigs have teamed up with the Fifth Floor Cafe and Terrace at Harvey Nichols to create a fabulous and tranquil green space serving all things matcha! Proving popular this collaboration has been extended for another month and will now run until the end of June, so there’s still plenty of time to get your matcha fix and discover a host of new ways to incorporate this super power tea into your diet.
Teapigs Matcha is 100% organic green tea, the bitter stalks and veins are removed leaving only the purest part of the leaves, which is then ground to a very fine powder perfect for adding to almost anything.
Just one gram of this potent powder has ten times the nutritional benefit of regular green tea, with only half the caffeine of coffee!
And what are these benefits I hear you ask?
- Matcha is high in green tea flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
- Studies have shown that drinking regular cups of green tea can increase the rate at which the body burns calories. (Fist Pump)
- The combination of natural caffeine and the calming amino acid L-theaninen will also leave you feeling calm and focused.
- Along with antioxidants Matcha also contains polytheonols which can help to prevent UV damage. Who doesn’t want healthier skin?
Having learnt all these amazing facts about matcha I was even more excited to get some of it into my system, with a university finals exam just a few days away I can do with all the help I can get!
I was already about half way through my welcome drink by this point, a fabulous rum based cocktail incorporating pineapple and some Teapigs matcha. I would never have thought to put matcha in a cocktail, the green glow made it almost look healthy and I bet there’s at least a part of my five a day in there somewhere. In fact, I liked it so much that when a few spares were being offered up I was the first to offer my cocktail consuming services.
Next came the food, a selection of canapes representing some of the beautiful matcha dishes available on The Terrace menu. From left to right we had a sweet matcha fried prawn, matcha marinated chicken, a spoonful of matcha and quinoa salad, some beautiful salmon with a matcha mayonnaise and finally a perfect little matcha macaroon. That’s a whole lot of matcha.
The fun didn’t stop there, up next was a cocktail making masterclass in collaboration with Pococello, a premium limoncello grown on the Amalfi Coast and born in Soho. If I wasn’t already convinced that matcha and alcohol could go so well together, then this would have changed my mind. The smooth, zesty Pococello paired beautifully with the matcha syrup and left a crisp, clean finish on the tongue.
The cocktails went down so well as the sun set on a sunny London day.
This event completely opened up my eyes to a whole new world of matcha possibilities. I was no longer confined to consuming it as a hot tea but instead have been introduced to ice cold juice drinks, tins full of powder for baking and creating and even on the go sachets for adding to water bottles, teas and juices. Inspired, I’ve decided to take the Teapigs #matchachallenge, taking matcha in one form or another for 14 days to see if I can feel the benefits. I’m not sure if 14 days of cocktails were exactly what they had in mind but I’m not one to turn down a challenge! If you’re interested in joining in too then be sure to share pics of your matcha creations using the hashtag #matchachallenge and you can head over there to check out some inspiration too.
For now, it’s back to my studies, and a sneaky matcha G&T.
For more information on the Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace click here!
What I’m wearing
Top – H&M
Trousers – H&M
Shoes – ASOS (New Look)
Watch – Olivia Burton
Jeweller – Links of London (on sale!)
Jacket – French Connection (Very old link to similar)
*This is not a sponsored post, though I did attend an event and received samples to try for free, all opinions as always are my own.