If you want a perfect cup of matcha you should source it from the company that has been making tea for almost 300 years. Kyoto-based Ippodo Tea has been run by the same family since 1717 and have established a reputation for preserving the art of green tea and producing the highest-quality tea. Those who can't make it to Japan can seek out their expertise at the New York location, where the company has created a beverage that combines two of our loves: tea and cocktails. Ippodo Tea presents to the world the Matcha Mojito — a cooling summer cocktail with a kick. A simple infusion of matcha and simple syrup transforms the already delightful mojito into a vibrant green, earthy drink we could easily sip during the ridiculously warm nights.
Makes 1 mojito
Matcha-Infused Simple Syrup
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon Ippodo matcha
- 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.