You’ve heard of the Espresso Martini? Now check out the Matcha Martini! Recipe below.
Everyone has heard of the Espresso Martini. A fun and frisky cocktail that combines caffeine and alcohol for a sophisticated party cocktail. But espresso martinis are so last year! Make way for the Matcha Martini!
Have I caught your attention? Matcha might not be the obvious cocktail ingredient but its a vibrant way of perking up your Saturday night.
For those of you who don’t know, matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. But not just any green tea…this green tea is grown in the shade to encourage chlorophyll production giving it its vivid green colour. The stems and veins of the tea leaves are also removed before processing enabling the tea to be ground down to such a fine powder.
I’m a huge fan of matcha (it certainly helps me stay perky when I’m working long hours) so when Kineta offered to send me a small tub of their ceremonial grade, single estate matcha I couldn’t turn it down! The energy boosting effects of matcha are supposedly much gentler than coffee and don’t produce the same crash that is associated with the dark bean (find out more here). This means slowly sipping a Kineta Matcha Martini won’t create a caffeine slump later in the night.
I’ve tried baking with matcha a few times and find that it alters the taste a little. Whilst this is no bad thing (and works REALLY well in my matcha tiramisu) I wanted to come up with a matcha drink that didn’t alter this delicate tea too much. And so the Matcha Martini was born!
I make my matcha in the mornings with milk so stuck with milk for this recipe (I guess that’s similar to the cream liqueur you’d use in a traditional espresso martini.) A shot of vodka peps up your morning matcha into a fun, sophisticated cocktail which you can serve at your next soiree.
The rest of the recipe is very similar to an espresso martini requiring the highest quality of vodka and a shot of matcha in place of the espresso. But enough talking, check out the recipe below.
- 1 tsp Kineta Matcha powder
- 50ml milk
- 25ml vodka
- Splash of dry vermouth
- Ice to serve
- Whisk the matcha powder with the vodka until smooth.
- Add the matcha infused vodka to a cocktail shaker along with the milk and ice.
- Shake well and strain into a martini glass to serve.
Use a fine strainer to make sure any lumps are caught.
As with any cocktail, the quality of your ingredients is incredibly important. Make sure you use a ceremonial grade matcha tea like that from Kineta for the best possible finish. If you need convincing about spending the extra on good quality matcha have a look here.
I was sent a pot of Kineta Matcha to experiment with in the kitchen! I was not paid to write this post.
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