We've been wanting to experiment with matcha green tea cocktails for a while, and our friend Lauren just so happens to own a matcha company called Mizuba Tea Company. She also collaborated with one of our favorite salt companies to make an insanely yummy Matcha Sea Salt. We invited her over for some recipe development and had a lovely night sampling multiple iterations of new matcha cocktails. We like to carefully label our experimental drinks and do blind tastings so as to get the best flavors. To bring you our very favorites, we made our way through a long night of sampling, including the best (a Bee's Knees variation) and worst (cinnamon-infused matcha with cocoa rum) ideas.
Orange Matcha Syrup:
Garden Party Matcha Old Fashioned
Pour syrup in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, then add a dash of plain water. Fill the glass with ice cubes (or one large cube, which is our preference) and add bourbon. Stir gently. Garnish with a cherry.
Spicy Matcha Old Fashioned
Pour syrup in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, then add a dash of plain water. Fill the glass with ice cubes (or one large cube, which is our preference) and add bourbon. Stir gently. Garnish with one piece of candied ginger.
Matcha Punch (for one)
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a punch glass over ice, then sprinkle nutmeg on top.
Matcha Punch (big batch for a party)
Mix all ingredients together in a pitcher or punch bowl. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with orange wheels.
Lastly, our very favorite of the night, a variation on the classic Bee's Knees cocktail. This one is so good, it will knock your green tea-loving socks off. Serve this cocktail to your classy Tinder date and win them over with umami greatness.
Matcha Bee's Knees
Make a lemon twist, then juice the lemon over a jigger. You should get about 3/4 oz to 1 oz depending on its size. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled coupe glass, then garnish with the twist.
That's it! If you want to do some experimenting on your own, here are some flavors that are known to pair well with matcha:
Have fun, and let us know what you come up with!
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