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Matcha Cocktails For The Summer You NEED To Try

Matcha Cocktails For The Summer You NEED To Try

 

Matcha isn't just for replacing your morning cup of joe - It's perfect in cocktails and mixed drinks! Here are four (plus one) recipes that are sure to impress your friends at your next summer party!

 

1. The Matcha Highball (Food and Wine Cocktails 2015)

 

 

 

This drink is a symphony of Matcha, citrus, and the smooth, smoky flavor of Japanese whisky. While the original recipe recommends Hibiki as the whisky of choice, any smooth, single malt whisky should do the trick!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of single malt whisky 

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 ounce Honey Syrup

  • 1/4 teaspoon matcha green-tea powder

  • Ice

  • 4 ounces chilled club soda

  • 1 lemon wheel, for garnish

    "In a cocktail shaker, combine the whisky, lemon juice, Honey Syrup and matcha; shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled, ice-filled collins glass. Pour the club soda into the shaker, swirl around to rinse, then stir into the glass. Garnish with the lemon wheel."


    2. Hazelnut Chocolate Matcha Cocktail (The Drink Blog)

 

Hazelnut, Chocolate, and Matcha flavor all together- it's a Frankenstein of mixture packed into an adult drink- and it's really, really good.

 

     Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Vodka

  • 1oz White Creme De Cocoa

  • ½oz Hazelnut Liqour

  • ¼ Tsp Matcha Powder

  • ½oz Vanilla Simple Syrup

  • 1 Egg White

  • Matcha Powder

     


    "Add the vodka, white crème de cacao, hazelnut liqueur, matcha powder, vanilla simple syrup, and egg white to your shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. After shaking, emulsify the egg white and double strain into your glass. Let it settle. One the creme rises, garnish with a fine dusting of matcha powder. Relax, take a sip, and enjoy."
     

3. The Matcha Pisco (Mix That Drink)

Some recipes are more like guidelines- yes, you can follow them step by step, but sometimes, a shortcut along the way is acceptable. This cocktail is NOT like that! If you take the time to create the pineapple/tarragon syrup, you'll be rewarded with a fantastic drink that is sure to become a huge crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:

 

  • 1/2 ounces Matcha & Pisco Porton infusion (infusion = 5 grams matcha tea powder & bottle of Pisco)

  • 1/2 ounce orange curacao

  • 1/2 ounce pineapple & tarragon syrup (1 quart simple syrup / 17 ounce diced pineapple / 1 ounce tarragon – boiled, reduced, cooled, strained)

  • 1 ounce lemon juice

  • 1 egg white
     

"Put the ingredients into an empty cocktail shaker (no ice) and shake well. Then add a few ice cubes in and shake again. Put a strainer over a coupe glass, and strain the mixture through it into the coupe glass (double-straining). Serve and enjoy!"
 

 

      4.  The Matcha Mojito (Food and Wine, Farrah Shaikh)

 

This cocktail doubles as the perfect way to end a long week at work, as well as provide a go-to matcha syrup recipe! If this cocktail isn't your "cup of tea", matcha simple syrup is a fantastic way to spice up an old cocktail recipe you haven't tried in ages.

     

 

Matcha-Infused Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon matcha

Mojito Ingredients

  • 12 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 large sprig for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons matcha-infused simple syrup

  • 1 cup crushed ice

  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum

  • 2 ounces club soda

"To make matcha-infused simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and whisk until completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Spoon matcha into a small bowl, add the simple syrup, and whisk until smooth. Place in a container and refrigerate until cool.

 

In a 10-ounce glass (such as Collins or highball), muddle the mint leaves. Add the lime juice and 2 tablespoon matcha-infused simple syrup and stir. Fill the cup with ice, then add the rum and top with club soda, stir well. Garnish with a sprig of mint."

 

5. Bonus Recipe- Matcha and Beer (Rocketnews)

 

 

No, we're not kidding- while not exactly a "cocktail", matcha and beer pair up together surprisingly well. Add half a teaspoon of Matcha to your favorite pilsner and enjoy a nice umami kick! Heads will turn, pints will be poured, and you'll get a kick out of your everyday cup of Matcha!

 

Happy Sipping!

Tags: Cocktails, Drinks

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