There’s no doubt that nutty, pleasantly bitter matcha (green tea powder) is enjoying some time in the limelight right now. Delicious in a latte, cupcake or even a macaroon, it’s also a trendy new ingredient in cocktails. Here, five ways bartenders are shaking, stirring and infusing matcha into incredible drinks.
Matcha Bee's Knees; Ramen-san, Chicago
A classic Bee's Knees cocktail is made with gin, lemon juice and honey syrup—the perfect spring drink. But since some of us are still encountering flurries on the way to work, Ramen-san swaps out gin for matcha-infused Four Roses bourbon and lemon juice for a more flavorful yuzu juice. Shaken and strained into an ice-filled Collins glass, the cocktail is garnished with a bouquet of mint leaves and a lemon peel rosette.
Matcha Do About Nothing; Gracias Madre, Los Angeles
This West Hollywood Mexican spot makes a complex and creamy cocktail with tequila blanco, matcha, coconut milk, toasted sesame seed-infused agave, tapioca pearls cured in edamame syrup and house-made lime bitters. The cross-cultural, pastel-green drink is served garnished with a cherry blossom and a big straw to suck up the tapioca.