Matcha Green Tea Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Matcha Green Tea Cocktail is a modern twist on traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, combining the earthy flavors of matcha with the refreshing taste of a cocktail. This drink is perfect for those who appreciate the health benefits of green tea and enjoy unique, sophisticated flavors in their cocktails.

  • Matcha green tea has been a staple in Japanese culture for centuries, used in traditional tea ceremonies.
  • The cocktail version gained popularity in recent years, as mixologists began experimenting with unique flavors and ingredients.
  • This drink is perfect for health-conscious individuals, as matcha is known for its antioxidant properties.

How Matcha Green Tea Cocktail Tastes?

The Matcha Green Tea Cocktail offers a unique, earthy flavor profile with a hint of sweetness. The matcha provides a slightly bitter, vegetal taste, while the added ingredients create a well-balanced, refreshing, and slightly creamy drink.

Interesting facts about Matcha Green Tea Cocktail

  • Matcha is a type of green tea that is ground into a fine powder, providing a more concentrated flavor and higher levels of antioxidants compared to traditional green tea.
  • The vibrant green color of matcha comes from the high levels of chlorophyll in the tea leaves.
  • In traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, matcha is prepared using a bamboo whisk called a chasen, which helps to create a frothy texture.


  • Matcha green tea powder: 1 tsp
  • Hot water: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Vodka: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Honey syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Fresh lemon juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Egg white: 1
  • Ice: 1 cup
  • Mint leaves: 3 (for garnish)

A few good options for Matcha Green Tea Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Matcha Green Tea Powder

Used for its distinct flavor and health benefits, 1 tsp of matcha powder provides a rich, earthy base for this cocktail. Too much can overpower the drink with bitterness, too little, and you'll miss the matcha charm. Forgot your matcha? Try some green tea leaves infused vodka, but remember, it'll be more floral, less 'matcha'.

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Hot Water

2 oz of hot water is just the right amount to dissolve the matcha powder properly. This creates the smooth blend essential for the texture of your drink. No hot water? Your mix will be lumpy, not the silky green river it should be.

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1.5 oz is your booze base, giving the cocktail its kick without stealing the matcha's thunder. More vodka may leave you wobbly, less, and you'll ask, 'Where's the party?'. Opt for a flavoured vodka for a twist, but careful not to clash with the matcha's complex profile.

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Honey Syrup

At 0.5 oz, it's sweet, but not too sweet. It balances the matcha's bitterness and complements the lemon's acidity. Forget it, and your drink's harmony is disrupted. Fancy an alternative? Maple syrup could work for a woodsy vibe.

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Fresh Lemon Juice

A spritz (0.5 oz) of lemon adds a refreshing zest and cuts through the matcha's richness. Miss out on this and you're stuck in a one-dimensional green world. Lime is a viable substitute, think 'matcha margarita'.

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Egg White

One egg white makes the magic happen - the froth. It gives your cocktail body and an Instagram-worthy look. Without it, the cocktail is just another drink but with it, it's a cloud in a glass. Vegan? Aquafaba is your friend.

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1 cup to chill, but not to water down. You want a cold concoction not a diluted disappointment. Leave it out and you'll have a warm, not cool, sip. Always use fresh ice, stale ice is a party pooper.

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Mint Leaves

Three mint leaves as garnish are the final flourish, providing a hint of aroma and a pop of color - a picture-perfect finish. No mint, no problem, a slice of cucumber can also hint at garden freshness.

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Recipe. How to make Matcha Green Tea Cocktail Drink

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the matcha green tea powder with the hot water until smooth and frothy.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the matcha mixture, vodka, honey syrup, lemon juice, and egg white.
  3. Dry shake (without ice) for about 10 seconds to emulsify the egg white.
  4. Add ice to the shaker and shake again for another 10-15 seconds until well chilled.
  5. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  6. Garnish with mint leaves.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to use high-quality matcha powder for the best flavor and color.
  • To create a frothy texture, shake the cocktail vigorously during both the dry shake and the shake with ice.
  • If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Perfect Pairings


  • Sushi and Sashimi: The delicate flavors of raw fish are enhanced by the herbaceous notes of matcha and the bright citrus in the cocktail.
  • Tempura Vegetables: The light and crisp nature of tempura complements the cocktail's frothy texture and green tea flavor.
  • Cheese Plate: Especially with mild, creamy cheeses like Brie or Camembert, which provide a nice contrast.


  • Lemon Tart: Echoing the lemon in the cocktail, a tangy lemon tart would make for a sublime pairing.
  • White Chocolate: The sweetness of white chocolate goes pleasantly with the subtle bitterness of matcha.
  • Berry Fruit Salad: The freshness of the berries will pair nicely with the vibrancy of the lemon and the earthiness of the matcha.

Other Drinks

  • Chilled Jasmine Tea: For a non-alcoholic companion that complements the cocktail's tea notes.
  • Sake: To maintain a Japanese theme, while the smooth rice wine aligns well with the cocktail's flavors.

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What you could change in Matcha Green Tea Cocktail

  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the vodka with an equal amount of cold water or coconut water.
  • If you don't have honey syrup, you can use simple syrup or agave nectar as a substitute.

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Earl Grey Infusion

  • Substitute vodka with Earl Grey tea-infused gin. Add a dash of vanilla extract. Why? It'll lend a floral note with a hint of citrus bergamot that pairs interestingly with matcha.

Matcha Mule

  • Replace lemon juice with lime juice. Swap honey syrup with ginger beer (top after shaking). What's up? You've got a green twist on the classic Moscow mule, with a ginger zing!

Creamy Matcha Delight

  • Add 1 oz of coconut milk. Switch honey syrup with simple syrup. So? It's a creamier, tropical experience that makes the matcha less front-and-center and more of a team player.

In case you forgot basics how to make Matcha Green Tea Cocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Matcha Green Tea Cocktail

What type of vodka is best to use in a Matcha Green Tea Cocktail?

You can use any type of vodka that you prefer, although a high-quality, neutral vodka is often recommended so it doesn't overpower the matcha flavor.

Can I use a different type of tea for this cocktail?

This particular cocktail was designed to be made with matcha. Using a different type of green tea could significantly alter the taste and appearance.

What does 'dry shake' mean in cocktail preparation?

A 'dry shake' in cocktail-making refers to shaking the ingredients together without ice. This is specifically useful when the cocktail includes an ingredient like egg white, as it helps to emulsify and froth the egg white before the ice is added.

Is there a specific type of glassware recommended for this cocktail?

While this cocktail can technically be served in any type of glass, a chilled coupe glass is recommended to maintain the cocktail's temperature and enhance its presentation.

What is the best way to store matcha powder?

Matcha powder should be stored in an airtight container, in a cool, dark place. It's also recommended to consume it within a few months for maximum freshness and flavor.

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