a Better Matcha Cocktail
PHOTO: ROKA AKOR
Matcha cocktails, signatures featuring green tea and its concentrated
powder form, are making inroads on cocktail menus around the country.
Praised for its health benefits (ranging from reducing cholesterol to
calming to boosting memory), matcha has long enjoyed popularity in Japan.
One of mixologist Mike Lus signatures at Estrellon in Madison,
WI, the 86 Lue is designed to complement the restaurants Spanish
cuisine. The cocktail combines housemade matcha tea syrup, vodka, egg
whites, lemon juice, heavy cream and orange blossom water.
Bait and Switch
This drink specialty from mixologist Alex Riddle at Roka Akor in
San Francisco fuses the flavors of kumquat, matcha syrup and fresh lemon
juice with vodka. Its garnished with a viola flower.
Matcha Latte Cocktail
Served at Cindys in Chicago, this dramatic green beverage
combines matcha, steamed almond milk, honey and a choice of gin or amaretto.
Spirit guide Nandini Khaund created the specialty drink.
Served at at Roku in West Hollywood, CA, this cocktail showcases
green tea-infused vodka, ginger root, honey and fresh lemon. Mixologist
Charity Johnston developed the spin on the Moscow Mule:
3 pieces muddled ginger root
2 oz. green tea-infused vodka
1 oz. honey
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
mint sprig and ginger candy garnish
Mix and shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain
into a copper mug over crushed ice.
Gail Bellamy (May 16, 2016)