Keep reading to discover your new favorite green tea cocktail recipe!
Most of the green tea consumed in Japan is consumed for its health benefits and caffeine boost. Besides the caffeine present in tea, it also has antioxidants that help with bodily functions and protection.
Moreover, it contains an amino acid that evens out the caffeine effect on brain functions and prevents the jittery feeling that happens with excessive caffeine. In addition, green tea possesses elements that help with losing extra body fat and weight management. Last but not least, it has anti-aging compounds that work to prevent diseases like dementia, and tea is particularly good for the skin.
Matcha is also a type of green tea; it is made from finely ground tea leaves. In regular green tea, you just infuse the leaves, throw them away, and drink the liquid. Ultimately, you get minimal nutrients with this method. On the other hand, Matcha holds all the nutrients in its brightly green, grounded powder, and you whisk it in warm water and enjoy. In today's world, people add matcha to every edible product because of its health benefits and rich flavor.
Cocktail Recipes You Will Love
But green tea and matcha aren’t just for ceramic tea mugs or after-meal tea anymore. Bartenders across the nation have been using green tea and matcha in their trendy cocktail recipes, and it’s been a great success.
Here are a few popular and exciting cocktail recipes for any bartender to wow their friends and guests. However, you can also make it yourself due to the ease level and enjoy a refreshing cocktail anytime. All these recipes use matcha powder and prepared green tea, along with an alcoholic liquor base and different non-alcoholic flavors.
1. Vodka and Green Tea Cooler
Vodka coolers make for the ultimate summertime drink while chilling poolside. Bartenders blend the vodka with lime or lemon to give it a tart flavor, which is refreshing on a hot day. This also evens out the sour flavor with simple syrup to avoid a scrunched-up face from an overly strong taste.
A simple recipe has different alterations, and the bartender makes it according to people’s demands. Here, we have the simplest and most flavorful recipe in which, by adding the green tea, your drink levels up and provides an energy boost along with refreshment.
- Green tea
- Pomegranate juice
- Flavored vodka (optional)
- Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
- Add 1½ parts vodka, 1½ parts green tea, ½ parts pomegranate juice, ½ parts simple syrup, and one twist of lemon.
- Stir the mixture to even out the taste. Pour it into a glass and garnish it with a lemon wedge.
- Lastly, you can add flavored vodka, such as Smirnoff pomegranate or passion fruit, for a unique flavor.
2. Green Tea Martini
Martinis have seen many variations over the years according to people’s tastes and preferences. It is a vodka- or gin-based drink, but bartenders have made alterations by adding different flavors. The main ingredient in this recipe is green tea, which is combined with flavored vodka and other flavored liquors.
- Apple juice
- Bison grass-flavored vodka
- Green mint liqueur
- Green banana syrup
- Pisang Ambon
- Fill a shaker with ice and 1½ parts apple juice, 1½ parts Bison Grass Flavored Vodka, ⅓ parts green mint liqueur, ⅓ green banana syrup, and ⅓ parts Pisang Ambon.
- Shake and strain into a cool cocktail glass.
3. Almond Green Iced Tea
It is not a liquor-based drink but a simple yet refreshing summer iced tea. The ingredients are simple and give you an energy boost. Bonus: You only need a few ingredients to make it.
- Green tea
- Lemon juice
- Orgeat almond syrup
Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add four parts of green tea, ½ lemon juice, and ½ part Orgeat Almond Syrup. Stir and garnish with a lemon wedge.
4. Matcha Highball
Jason, a bartender from Denver, got inspired by his trip to Japan and made this drink by mixing Japanese whiskey and match powder. The green tea powder is called matcha, and it clumps when you mix it with liquid. To avoid this, you add soda, swirl to loosen the powder stuck to the sides, and pour it into a glass. You can also alter the basic recipe by adding the flavors of your choice and enjoying it to the fullest.
- Japanese whiskey
- Lemon juice
- Honey syrup
- Matcha green tea powder
- Club soda
- Lemon wheel
- Combine 2 ounces of Japanese whiskey, ½ ounce of lemon juice, ½ ounces of honey syrup, and 1⁄4 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake thoroughly and pour into a cool, ice-filled Collins glass.
- Pour 4 ounces of cold club soda into the shaker and swirl to loosen the leftover matcha powder.
- Pour into the glass and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
5. Matcha and Gin
It is a great new brunch cocktail, thanks to its refreshing and spirited taste. Matcha adds a different flavor and energy to a regular cocktail, and being mixed with lemon, gin, and simple syrup makes it a flavorful drink.
- Matcha powder
- Lemon juice
- Add ½ teaspoons of matcha powder, 1 ounce of lemon juice, 2 ounces of gin, four teaspoons of simple syrup, and a dash of bitters.
- Add ice and shake. Strain into a cold glass.
6. Green Tea Cosmo
It is a typical Cosmo recipe, but with a dash of green tea. Cosmos already have a different flavor mixture, and the addition of green tea just enhances the taste and energy. As the final result, you get an enjoyable and robust drink that you can enjoy anytime.
- Green tea
- Orange liqueur
- Lime juice
- Cranberry juice cocktail
- Lime peel
In an ice-filled shaker, add 2 ounces of green tea, 1 ounce of vodka, ½ ounces of orange liqueur, ½ ounces of lime juice, and ½ ounces of cranberry juice cocktail. Shake and then strain into a cold martini glass. Garnish with a lime peel.
7. Green Tea and Cucumber Martini
A martini is the best summer drink, as it is refreshing and has a bunch of pleasant flavors. This recipe includes green tea for an ultimate energy boost and cucumber, ginger, and basil leaves that promote hydration and other health benefits. To prepare this drink, you will need the following ingredients:
(Learn about using ginger with Japanese green tea in this post.
- Fresh ginger
- Citrus-flavored vodka (Belvedere or Smirnoff)
- Green tea
- Basil leaves
- Muddle a 2-inch piece of cucumber and a piece of fresh ginger with a dash of salt and a bit of simple syrup.
- Add 2 ounces of citrus-flavored vodka (Belvedere or Smirnoff), ¾ ounces of green tea, and two basil leaves.
- Strain into a cold martini glass and garnish with a cucumber slice.
8. Green Tea Vodka Spritzer
The green tea vodka spritzer is an exciting cocktail to drink in spring due to its rich hydrating level and flavorful taste. It has a basic vodka and lime base and the famous Canadian Dry ginger ale and green tea as flavor enhancers. You can enjoy it with brunch or a night out.
- Green tea
- Canada Dry Ginger Ale
- Add two ice cubes, two limes worth of lime juice, 1 ounce vodka, 2 ounces of green tea, and a splash of Canada Dry ginger ale.
- Stir and garnish with a slice of lime.
9. Green Tea Apple Cocktail
This cocktail involves apple cider and green tea, which are both beneficial for health, and a dash of vodka for a nerve-relaxing effect. Its preparation is simple, with just mixing every ingredient along with a bit of sugar. You can make it easy and enjoy a quick, refreshing drink.
- Apple cider
- Green tea
- Apple slice
Rim a cocktail glass with sugar and fill it with ice. Pour 1 ounce of vodka, ½ cup of apple cider, and fill the remainder of the glass with green tea. Garnish with an apple slice.
10. Habanero Green Tea Shooters
This is the most unique recipe among all those mentioned above. It combines the sweetness of watermelon with the mild spiciness of habanero pepper. As for the green tea addition, you can add different berry flavors to add more taste to your drink. Other than these, it only has vodka as a bitter alcoholic base and a cilantro sprig as a garnish.
- Chili habanero pepper
- Watermelon or honeydew melon ball
- Lipton sparkling green tea, berry, or strawberry kiwi for a variety
- Cilantro sprig
- Combine ½ cup vodka and ½ teaspoon chili habanero pepper in a small bowl. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Strain out the pepper.
- Pour a tablespoon of the vodka mixture into ten cold shot glasses and add one watermelon or honeydew melon ball to each glass.
- Pour one tablespoon of Lipton Sparkling Green Tea (use berry or strawberry Kiwi for a variety) into each.
- Garnish with a cilantro sprig, and serve.
Above is part of a chapter from the author’s recent book, Green Tea Cha: How Japan and the World Enjoy Green Tea in the 21st Century. In the book, you'll find 11 more cocktail recipes, smoothie recipes, and more. You can also visit my blog to learn more about Japanese Green Tea.
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