10 Trendy Green Tea Cocktail Recipes You Will Love

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July 05, 2021

10 Trendy Green Tea Cocktail Recipes You Will Love

Keep reading to discover your new favorite green tea cocktail recipe!

Most of the green tea consumed in Japan is for the health benefits and caffeine boost. Besides the caffeine present in tea, it also has antioxidants that help in bodily functions and protection.

Moreover, it contains an amino acid that evens out the caffeine effect on brain functions and prevents the jittery feeling that happens with excessive caffeine. In addition, green tea possesses elements that help with losing extra body fat and weight management. Last but not least, it has anti-aging compounds that work to prevent diseases like dementia, and tea is particularly good for the skin.

Matcha[1] is also a type of green tea—it is finely grounded tea leaves. In regular green tea, you just infuse the leaves and throw them away and drink the liquid. Ultimately, you get minimal nutrients with this method. On the other hand, Matcha holds all the nutrients in its brightly green grounded powder, and you whisk it in warm water and enjoy. In today’s world, people add matcha to every edible product because of its health benefits and rich flavor.

Cocktail Recipes You Will Love

But green tea and matcha aren’t just for ceramic tea mugs or for after-meal tea anymore. Bartenders across the nation have been using green tea and matcha in their trendy cocktail recipes, and it’s been a great success.

Here are a few popular and exciting cocktail recipes for any bartender to wow their friends and guests. However, you can also make it yourself due to the ease level and enjoy a refreshing cocktail anytime. All these recipes use matcha powder and prepared green tea along with an alcoholic liquor base and different non-alcoholic flavors.

1. Vodka and Green Tea Cooler

Vodka coolers make for an ultimate summertime drink while chilling at the poolside. Bartenders blend the vodka with lime or lemon to give it a tart flavor, which is refreshing for a hot day. This also evens out the sour flavor with simple syrup to avoid the scrunch-up face from an overly strong taste.

A simple recipe has different alterations, and the bartender makes it according to people’s demands. Here, we have the simplest and most flavourful recipe in which by adding the green tea, your drink levels up and provides your energy boost along with refreshment.


  • Vodka
  • Green tea
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Syrup
  • Lemon
  • Flavored vodka (optional)


Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.

Add 1 1/2 parts vodka, 1 1/2 parts green tea, 1/2 part pomegranate juice, 1/2 part simple syrup, and one twist of lemon.

Stir the mixture to even out the taste. Pour it in a glass and garnish it with a lemon wedge.

Lastly, you can add flavored vodka such as Smirnoff pomegranate or passion fruit for a unique flavor.


2. Green Tea Martini

Martinis have seen many variations over the years according to people’s tastes and likings. It is a vodka or gin-based drink, but bartenders have made alterations by adding different flavors. The main ingredient is green tea in this recipe and is combined with flavored vodka and other flavored liquors.


  • Ice
  • Apple juice
  • Bison Grass flavored vodka
  • Green mint liqueur
  • Green banana syrup
  • Pisang Ambon


Fill a shaker[2] with ice and 1 1/2 parts apple juice, 1 1/2 parts Bison Grass Flavored Vodka, 1/3 parts green mint liqueur, 1/3 green banana syrup, and 1/3 parts Pisang Ambon.

Shake and strain into a cool cocktail glass[3].

3. Almond Green Iced Tea

It is not a liquor-based drink but a simple yet refreshing summer iced tea. The ingredients are simple and give you an energy boost. Bonus: You only need a few ingredients to make it.


  • Green tea
  • Lemon juice
  • Orgeat almond syrup
  • Ice


Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add four parts of green tea, 1/2 lemon juice, and 1/2 part Orgeat Almond Syrup. Stir and garnish with a lemon wedge. 

4. Matcha Highball

Jason, a bartender from Denver, got inspired by his trip to Japan and made this drink by mixing Japanese whiskey and match powder. The green tea powder is called matcha, and it clumps when you mix it with liquid. To avoid this, you add soda and swirl to loosen the powder stuck to the sides and pour it into a glass. You can also alter the basic recipe by adding the flavors of your choice and enjoying it to the fullest.


  • Japanese whiskey
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey syrup
  • Matcha green tea powder
  • Club soda
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel


Combine 2 ounces of Japanese whiskey, 1/2 ounce of lemon juice, 1/2 ounce of honey syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder[4] in a cocktail shaker.

Shake thoroughly, and pour into a cool and ice-filled collins glass[5].

Pour 4 ounces of cold club soda into the shaker and swirl to loosen the leftover matcha powder.

Pour into the glass and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

5. Matcha and Gin

It is a great new brunch cocktail, thanks to its refreshing and spirited taste. Matcha adds a different flavor and energy to a regular cocktail, and being mixed with lemon, gin, and simple syrup makes it a flavorful drink.


  • Matcha powder
  • Lemon juice
  • Gin
  • Syrup
  • Bitters
  • Ice


Add 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder, 1 ounce of lemon juice, 2 ounces of gin, four teaspoons of simple syrup, and a dash of bitters.

Add ice and shake. Strain into a cold glass.

6. Green Tea Cosmo

It is a typical cosmo recipe but with a dash of green tea. Cosmos already have a different flavor mixture, and the addition of green tea just enhances the taste and energy. As the final result, you get an enjoyable and robust drink that you can enjoy anytime.


  • Green tea
  • Vodka
  • Orange liqueur
  • Lime juice
  • Cranberry juice cocktail
  • Lime peel
  • Ice


In an ice-filled shaker, add 2 ounces of green tea, 1-ounce vodka, 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, 1/2 ounce lime juice, and 1/2 ounce of cranberry juice cocktail. Shake and then strain into a cold martini glass. Garnish with a lime peel.

7. Green Tea and Cucumber Martini

A martini is the best summer drink as it is refreshing with a bunch of pleasant flavors. This recipe includes green tea for an ultimate energy boost and cucumber, ginger, and basil leaves that promote hydration and other health benefits. To prepare this drink, you will need the following ingredients.

(Learn about using ginger with Japanese green tea in this post[6])


  • Cucumber
  • Fresh ginger
  • Salt
  • Syrup
  • Citrus flavored vodka (Belvedere or Smirnoff)
  • Green tea
  • Basil leaves


Muddle a 2-inch piece of cucumber and a piece of fresh ginger with a dash of salt and a bit of simple syrup.

Add 2 ounces of citrus-flavored vodka (Belvedere or Smirnoff), 3/4 ounce of green tea, and two basil leaves.

Strain into a cold martini glass and garnish with a cucumber slice. 

8. Green Tea Vodka Spritzer

The green tea vodka spritzer is an exciting cocktail to drink in spring due to its rich hydrating level and flavourful taste. It has basic vodka and lime base and famous Canadian Dry ginger ale and green tea as a flavor enhancer. You can enjoy it with brunch or a night out.


  • Limes
  • Vodka
  • Green tea
  • Canada Dry ginger ale
  • Ice


Add two ice cubes, two limes worth of lime juice, 1-ounce vodka, 2 ounces of green tea, and a splash of Canada Dry ginger ale.

Stir and garnish with a slice of lime.

9. Green Tea Apple Cocktail

This cocktail involves apple cider and green tea, which are both beneficial for health, and a dash of vodka for nerve relaxing effect. Its preparation is simple, with just mixing every ingredient along with a bit of sugar. You can make it easy and enjoy a quick refreshing drink.


  • Vodka
  • Apple cider
  • Green tea
  • Sugar
  • Apple slice


Rim a cocktail glass with sugar and fill it with ice. Pour 1 ounce of vodka, 1/2 cup of apple cider, and fill the remainder of the glass with green tea. Garnish with an apple slice.

10. Habanero Green Tea Shooters

This is the most unique recipe among all those mentioned above. It combines the sweetness of watermelon and the mild spiciness of chili habanero pepper. As for the green tea addition, you can add different berry flavors to add more taste to your drink. Other than these, it only has vodka as a bitter alcoholic base and a cilantro sprig as a garnish.


  • Vodka
  • Chili habanero pepper
  • Watermelon or honeydew melon ball
  • Lipton sparkling green tea /berry or strawberry kiwi for a variety
  • Cilantro sprig


Combine 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 teaspoon chili habanero pepper in a small bowl. Let sit for 20 minutes. Strain out the pepper. Pour a tablespoon of vodka mixture into ten cold shot glasses[7] and add one watermelon or honeydew melon ball to each glass. Pour one tablespoon of Lipton Sparkling Green Tea (use berry or strawberry kiwi for a variety) into each. Garnish with a cilantro sprig and serve.

Above is part of a chapter from the author’s recent book: Green Tea Cha : How Japan and the World Enjoy Green Tea in the 21st Century. In the book, you find 11 more cocktail recipes, smoothie recipes and more. You can also visit my blog to learn more about Japanese Green Tea.[8][9]

This post was first published in 2017, but it was updated in 2021 just for you.

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