Just as Serenity and Rose Quartz dominated 2016 as Pantone’s co-Colors of the Year, 2017 has been declared the year of Greenery. The spring-ish green has been popping up everywhere from fashion to foods, especially in our favorite energy booster, matcha green tea. Having flown under the radar of foodies for quite a while now, matcha has become the most Instagrammable morning pick-me-up of recent times. Aside from looking insanely trendy on your feed, the flavor has also been introduced as a vegan and paleo alternative to traditional desserts and beverages, securing its spot on the menu of any reception with a health-conscious or dietary-restricted guest list. Here are 15 matcha-packed sips and bites that will have all of your guests green with envy:
1. Matcha Mojito
Add a little extra verde to your cocktail hour by serving up these tea-infused babies! The tangy combination of lime, mint, and matcha serves as the perfect signature drink to celebrate your wedded bliss. Plus, isn't green the luckiest color to have at your big day
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2. Matcha Truffles
Flawlessly sneak these healthy little gems into the rest of the truffles on your Venetian table. Not only are they absolutely stunning, but they are an easy way to offer up a guilt-free alternative to the often-gluttonous delights found on dessert tables.
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3. Matcha And Gin
Gin and tonics are SO late year. Impress your guests by incorporating the matcha trend into this classic cocktail!
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4. Matcha Crepes
Traditional mille crepe cakes are already a beautiful sight to see at any dessert table. However, take this French favorite to the next level by making them matcha flavored! The muted green will intrigue your hungry wedding-goers and encourage them to try something new!
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5. Matcha Latte
Nothing can top the classics. Place this earthy drink on your coffee and tea menu and watch as your guests blow up your social hashtag with steaming sights of green and white!
6. Matcha Popsicles
Let your guests chill out after dinner with these frozen beauties! Green tea-based popsicles straight from the freezer are truly the coolest way to end your reception. Bonus points if you pair that sweet matcha flavor with add-ins and toppings like almonds, blueberries, or a dark chocolate drizzle!
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7. Matcha Macarons
Macarons are truly the most versatile of the wedding desserts, as they are small, customizable, and come in literally any flavor. So, transform this season's cutest dessert by serving your guests some matcha macarons! Pair the flavor with an Italian buttercream or mint filling for a taste of green tea goodness!
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8. Matcha Molten Lava Cakes
That's right, they're not just for chocolate lovers anymore! Aside from being a baking anomaly, molten lava cakes are super indulgent and have a certain "Wow!" factor to guests. Consider this green goddess as a substitute for any guests with allergies or a curiosity for something new!
9. Matcha Gimlet
Add a new twist to this lime-y drink by dropping some fresh-brewed matcha to the mix! It's a signature drink with a lot of color and a lot more flavor.
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10. Matcha Lemonade
This isn't your grandma's front porch lemonade. Add a few cups of chilled green tea to your favorite recipe for a sophisticated play on this childhood favorite! Plus, after the kids have gotten their share, consider spiking this yummy refresher with your favorite liquor to make it the perfect daytime cocktail!
11. Matcha Cakes
Seriously, what better way to celebrate matcha than placing some matcha into your wedding cake? Be subtle by incorporating some light green tea notes into your cake's batter, or really commit to the flavor profile by pairing it with black sesame buttercream on top! Either way, your guests' taste buds will be thanking you.
12. Matcha Ginger Affogato
Taken from the Italian word for "drowned", this play on an espresso affogato pairs a cool scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or gelato with smooth, silky green tea syrup. While the taste is all-natural, the presentation is definitely out of this world!
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13. Matcha Marshmallows
They're fun, squishy, and oh-so-yummy. It's a fact that homemade marshmallows are a fabulous and thoughtful addition to any coffee or dessert menu. Be the bride that goes the extra mile by adding a matcha flavor to these adorable little treats, along with your other favorites!
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14. Matcha Mousse Cake
Who says mousse can only be chocolate or strawberry? Switch up this fluffy dessert by placing a matcha mousse cake at your table. Not only will your vegan friends thank you for being so considerate, but you'll be the super-trendy bride who served up a new spin on a traditional dish!
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15. Matcha-Covered Strawberries
Strawberries and green tea? Yes please. Test out these matcha-covered rubies for your dessert table or for your next dinner party! Plus, we would love these for Valentine's Day, just saying.