You might know green tea as a caffeinated pick-me-up that’s chock-full of healthy things like antioxidants and polyphenol, which is known to pep-up your metabolism.

But in addition to its wellness properties, green tea makes for a wonderful cocktail ingredient as its bitter flavor helps to balance sweeter notes and bring depth to our favorite spirits. The next time you’re looking to shake up your cocktail hour, mix one of these beautiful and tasty green tea libations.

Turkish Rose Tea cocktail with garnish, blue background

Turkish Rose Tea

Turkish Rose Tea

Courtesy of Hakkasan Las Vegas

Ingredients:

  • .25 bar spoon Matcha Powder
  • .75 oz. Egg White
  • .75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2.75 oz. Green Batch Mix*
  • Clipped Firestick (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all ingredients, save for the garnish, to a shaker tin. Dry shake. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a Nick and Nora glass and garnish.

*Green Batch Mix

Ingredients:

  • .75 oz. Jasmine Tea Syrup
  • .75 oz. St-Germain
  • 1.25 oz. Nolet’s Silver Gin

Preparation: Combine all ingredients and stir well to mix.


Tanteo Jalapeño Matcha-Rita, cocktail, bottle and garnish on wooden table

Tanteo Jalapeño Matcha-Rita

Tanteo Jalapeño Matcha-Rita

Courtesy of Tanteo Tequila

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
  • 1 oz. Matcha Simple Syrup*
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • .75 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2 Jalapeño Slices (to Garnish)
  • Mint Sprig (to Garnish)

Preparation: Combine liquid ingredients in a shaker tin with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeño slices and fresh mint.

*Matcha Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. Matcha Powder
  • .5 cup Cold Water
  • .5 cup Sugar

Preparation: Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally. Take off heat, and let cool. Store in an airtight container.


Kentucky Kyushiki cocktail on bartop

Kentucky Kyushiki

Kentucky Kyushiki

Courtesy of Legent Bourbon

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Legent Bourbon
  • .5 oz. Green Tea Simple Syrup*
  • 3 dashes Lavender Bitters
  • Lemon Peel (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add all liquid ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill, and strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a lemon peel.

*Green Tea Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 Green Tea Bag

Preparation: Put sugar, water and tea bag into a saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook until sugar is dissolved. Squeeze tea bag and remove from syrup. Cool before using.


Honey, Don’t Dew Me Like That cocktail on wooden bartop

Honey, Don’t Dew Me Like That

Honey, Don’t Dew Me Like That

Courtesy of Merandia Adkins of L.B.M. Bar

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Carpano Bianco
  • .5 oz. Carpano Dry
  • 1 oz. Honeydew Genmaicha Mint Sherbet*
  • .75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1 Egg White
  • .25 tsp. Matcha Powder (to Garnish)

Preparation: Add everything, except the matcha powder, to a shaker tin filled with ice. Reverse dry shake. Fine strain into a chilled cappuccino mug. Garnish with matcha powder dust.

*Honeydew Genmaicha Mint Sherbet

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. (wt) Chopped Honeydew
  • 2 oz. (wt) Mint Leaves
  • 10 oz. (wt) Sugar
  • 10 oz. (wt) Matcha Iri Genmaicha Tea

Preparation: Place honeydew, mint and sugar in a non-reactive container. Shake to coat and let sit refrigerated overnight. Blend honeydew, mint and sugar mixture with matcha iri genmaicha tea until well incorporated. Strain through nut bag. Bottle and refrigerate for up to two weeks.


She-lei-lei cocktail with garnish on wooden table

She-lei-lei

Photo by Jenny Adams

She-lei-lei

Courtesy of Joaquín Simó

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Knappogue Castle 12 Year Irish Whiskey
  • 3 oz. Vita Coco Coconut Water
  • .5 oz. Rich Simple Syrup
  • .25 tsp. Matcha Tea
  • Freshly Grated Cinnamon (to Garnish)
  • Cinnamon Stick (to Garnish)

Preparation: Combine all ingredients—save for the garnish—in a mixing tin (add tea last), and shake vigorously without ice to thoroughly incorporate the matcha into the liquids. Fill a rocks glass with ice to the top, then pour ice into the mixing tin. Shake very briefly, but vigorously, to just chill ingredients. Pour liquid and ice from mixing tin into rocks glass, grate cinnamon stick over top and place cinnamon stick atop the ice.


Greenback Boogie cocktail on bar

Greenback Boogie

Greenback Boogie

Courtesy of The Rum House

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Havana Club Rum
  • .5 oz. Rum Fire
  • .25 oz. Giffard Rhubarb
  • .5 oz. Honey Syrup
  • .5 tsp. Matcha Powder
  • 1 oz. Oat Milk
  • 3 drops Angostura Bitters (to Top)

Preparation: Add all ingredients, save for the bitters, to a shaker tin with ice. Shake until chilled. Discard the ice, and dry shake to further incorporate the ingredients. Strain into a coupe glass. Add three drops of Angostura bitters and swirl with a toothpick to create a design.


Ground Control, cocktail with garnish and straw

Ground Control

Ground Control

Courtesy of Adam Miller for Silver Lining Diner

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 oz. Club Soda
  • 1.5 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 oz. Matcha Honey*
  • 2 oz. Vodka

Preparation: Add club soda to a Collins glass filled with ice. Combine remaining ingredients in a shaker tin, whip shake and double strain into the Collins glass.

*Matcha Honey

Ingredients:

  • 700 gr Clover Honey
  • 450 gr Hot Water
  • 40 gr Matcha Powder

Preparation: Combine honey, hot water and matcha in a blender. Blend at half speed for two minutes. Transfer to a container and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for three weeks.