Earthy, energizing matcha is present in virtually everything these days, from cookies and cakes to moisturizers and shampoos. So it’s no surprise that superfood tea has also found its way into several alcoholic creations. And if you haven’t jumped on that matcha cocktail train yet, our list of fun concoctions will have you channeling your inner bartender this weekend.
Matcha might be the cool kid in food circles right now, but it’s been around far longer than the rest of us. An indispensable part of Japanese tea ceremonies dating back to the 9th century, this brightly colored tea has been the focus of many studies over the past decade.
While the extent of its health benefits remains to be determined, what is known is that this finely ground green tea is packed with antioxidants and provides an incredible boost. And while fitness enthusiasts have added it to their morning smoothie, cooks around the world have played with the sweetness and bitterness of superfoods to create unique recipes. Also, part of this matcha movement? Bartenders, mixologists and mixology enthusiasts who have added this drink to a range of classic and less classic alcoholic drinks to create something fun. If you’re just as intrigued as we are, try some of these matcha cocktail recipes below.
Try these matcha cocktails this holiday season
1. Matcha colada
Uplifting and adding a bit of depth to the classic combination of whiskey, coconut cream and fresh pineapple, whip up this matcha pina colada when you’re feeling a little nostalgic for a beach vacation. And if you’re having a party, feel free to play around with the toppings and color of your straw to make things a little more fun.
2. Matcha cloud
Soft, light and airy, just like the name, this is a delicious blend of matcha with gin, lime, honey and egg whites. Perfect for parties or a day at home when you want to impress your loved ones, the little pinch of matcha at the end is all it takes to look pretty as a picture. If you’re in the mood to overdo it, serve it in fun glasses or play around with the designs when decorating.
3. Matcha mule
Combining the sweet, bitter notes of matcha with the astringent, savory flavor of sake, this drink is truly Japanese, despite being a unique take on the classic American Moscow mule. All you have to do is grab some sugar syrup, lime, and ginger ale on your next grocery run (along with matcha and sake), and you’re good to go! You can choose to serve it in copper glasses for an authentic Moscow mule look or show off that vibrant green in a clear glass.
4. Matcha mint julep
A South American favorite and a regular feature of racetracks, mint julep is a popular drink. This recipe adds a fun touch to the refreshing drink. To try this one, add mint leaves, tonic water, honey, bourbon and of course matcha to your shopping list. Garnish with mint leaves and plenty of ice to transport you through a hot summer day at a racetrack, watching the horses slip past you.
5. Sesame matcha punch
Matcha latte lovers, this one is for you! A fun mix of vodka and matcha with half and half (half whole milk and half cream), you’ll need to take some time to prepare this one. The results are worth it though! Nutty and slightly creamy with the fresh, deep flavor of matcha, make it when you want a boozy change from your morning cup of tea. The sesame really amplifies the flavor of it.
6. Matcha beer
If your favorite alcoholic drink is a pint of beer, you can’t miss the matcha hype. And with such a simple recipe, there’s no excuse not to try. Simply mix some matcha powder with water and top it off with a lager (IPA). It adds a fun touch to your regular beer and could make it healthier too!
7. Matcha in the morning
The perfect drink for a morning vacation without work (it’s 5 p.m. somewhere, isn’t it?) Is a unique take on an espresso martini. Vodka meets cinnamon-infused vanilla almond milk and honey in this delicious concoction, and it all takes just a few minutes to prepare. This cocktail is also a cocktail for those who like a cup of matcha superfood goodness in the morning.
8. Acid yoda
The only thing bigger than matcha is Star Wars. Of course, the combination of the two is bound to be successful. Yoda Sour is a punchy take on Peruvian alcohol-based pisco sour and calls for wormwood, pisco, lime juice, matcha, and egg whites. Top it off with a little matcha for an extra pop of color. Use a Yoda-shaped stencil while decorating to really do the name of the drink justice.
We’re pulling out all of our bartending tools for this one, will you join us?