Green Tea Cocktails for Summer

Around here, people say that our short, brilliant summers make up for the 10 months of rain we have to put up with to get there. And while it’s an exaggeration (it doesn’t rain THAT much here…) I will say that when real summer weather hits in the Pacific Northwest, everyone is ready to celebrate, relax, and sit outside to enjoy the sparkling water and blue skies. It’s the perfect time to celebrate, and we do! Our family has a lot of summer celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, weekends…time for some special cocktails that honor the flavors of summer. This year, I’ve been craving lemons and limes, and looking for new ways to incorporate the abundance of mint and basil in my garden. Of course, these flavors are a perfect match for green tea. Here are some fancy new green tea cocktails – celebrate summer with me!

Matcha Lemon Dropmatcha lemon drop

This tastes like summer in a glass – and looks so pretty too. Use ‘sparkling sugar’ from the baking section of your market to get a really fancy rim. Prepare the rim of a stemmed glass by rubbing a cut lemon around the rim, and dipping into a mixture of 1 Tb sparkling sugar and ½ tsp matcha Then, shake the ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker, and strain into the prepared glass. Add a lemon twist if you like:

Matcha Julep

matcha julep This cocktail amps up the green flavors and colors of summer. Traditionally, Mint Juleps are served in a silver cup of crushed ice. I served mine in a low martini glass to better enjoy the emerald color, and garnished with cucumber wheel and more mint for a refreshing aroma as I sip. The addition of lemon juice is also non-traditional, but so very refreshing.

  • 4 oz. bourbon
  • 2 Tb freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tb superfine sugar
  • Small handful of mint leaves that you have bruised in your hands to release the oils
  • ¼ tsp matcha 

Shake vigorously with lots of crushed ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. I like to add a bit of the crushed ice in hot weather, to keep it chilly longer. Garnish with a few mint leaves and a cucumber wheel.

Ginger Basil Gimlet or Lime Rickeygreen tea gimlet

Doesn’t a ‘gimlet’ sound delightfully old-fashioned? I love the herbal bite of gin, so I was looking for a lime cocktail with gin. I discovered that (in addition to having charming names), both gimlets and lime rickeys are made with gin, lime, and seltzer. The difference is that a lime rickey is unsweetened, while a gimlet traditionally uses Roses Lime for added sweetness. I substituted strong-brewed green tea for half of the seltzer, and garnished with a bit of basil and a ginger slice for some zing. Suit yourself – either way it’s delicious!

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice (or sweetened bottled lime juice)
  • 2 oz. strong-brewed green tea – I used Hojicha for a more complex flavor

Shake ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker, then pour into a large martini glass or tall cocktail glass. Top up with cold seltzer water, and garnish with a sprig of basil and thin slice of ginger.

matcha lemon drop

Matcha Lemon Drop

SarahSarah
A green tea cocktail that tastes like summer in a glass.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 Glass

Ingredients
  

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • ¾ tsp Matcha Powder, divided
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 tbsp Sparkling Sugar

Instructions
 

  • If you don't have simple syrup, prepare equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a low simmer over medium high heat, stirring until mixture is clear. Cool and add to cocktail or store in a covered glass container in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare the rim of a stemmed glass by rubbing cut lemon around the rim, and dipping into a mixture of sparkling sugar and ½ tspMatcha
  • Shake the ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker, strain into the prepared glass. Add a lemon twist if you like.
Keyword Cocktail, Matcha, Matcha Lemon Drop
matcha julep

Matcha Julep

SarahSarah
A twist on a Mint Julep that amps up the green flavors and colors of summer.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 Glass

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz Bourbon
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 tbsp Superfine Sugar
  • 1 Small Handful Mint leaves bruised in your hands to release the oils
  • ¼ tsp Matcha Powder

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake vigorously with lots of crushed ice, then strain into a cocktail glass. I like to add a bit of the crushed ice in hot weather, to keep it chilly longer.
  • Garnish with a few mint leaves and a cucumber wheel.
Keyword Cocktail, Julep, Matcha
green tea gimlet

Ginger Basil Gimlet or Lime Rickey

SarahSarah
A delicious, old-fashioned drink with an herbal bite using gin.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 Glass

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 oz Strong-brewed Green Tea I used Hojicha for a more complex flavor
  • Seltzer Water

Instructions
 

  • Shake ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker, then pour into a large martini glass or tall cocktail glass. 
  • Top up with cold seltzer water, and garnish with a sprig of basil and thin slice of ginger.
  • Note: A Lime Rickey is unsweetened, while a Gimlet traditionally uses Roses Lime for added sweetness.
Keyword Gimlet, Hojicha, Lime Rickey

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