Green Tea Sour Cocktail

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In China, the most common drink for the past 10 years or so has been Chivas and green tea. The green tea is often also blended with jasmine and sugar, which leads to a sweet floral flavor.

In honor of the Chinese New Year, José Andrés’ China Poblano, located inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, has created a special cocktail using those base flavors to create a nice, refreshing whiskey sour.


For the green tea Chivas

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 8 ounces Chivas whiskey

For the cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounce green tea Chivas
  • 3/4 ounces St-Germain
  • 3/4 ounces lemon juice
  • 1/4 ounce egg white
  • Ice


For the green tea Chivas

Add the green tea bag to a cup of hot whiskey and let steep for 20 minutes. Discard the tea bag and return the infused whiskey to its own bottle.

For the cocktail

Combine all of the ingredients together in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

Green Tea Sour Cocktail - Recipes

Matcha is no stranger to cocktails. The tea’s vivacious color and intriguingly savory flavor have made it a beloved and sought-after ingredient behind the bar. But unfortunately, all too often, it isn’t treated with the respect it deserves—and requires.

For the uninitiated, matcha is a powdered green tea made from shade-grown tea leaves, which are hand ground on stone mills. Grinding matcha is a slow and patient process millers often pause at regular intervals to keep the stones from warming during their grinding, which results in a burnt, bitter flavor in the tea. Grading and quality is determined by a broad spectrum of factors: where the tea was grown and by whom (there are grand master matcha tea growers), how the tea leaves were dried (the highest quality matcha is never touched by the sun) and the presence of oxidation, which gives the tea a murky yellowish-brown color and a hay-like taste when brewed.

With so much attention going into the production of matcha, it would be a shame to ruin it all with improper preparation. Here’s the right way to brew matcha: Place the powder into a bowl with a bamboo scoop (chashaku) and add hot (but never boiling) water. Then, whisk. It sounds simple, but there’s a bit more to it.

Let’s talk about how to get the best color out of your matcha. A perfectly brewed cup of matcha is a rich emerald green color. Unlike other, heartier green teas, matcha burns easily at high temperatures, resulting in bitter flavors and a pea soup green color that looks a lot like a certain scene from The Exorcist. The best way to get a vibrant, green hue from your tea is by controlling your water temperature. The optimal temperature for your water when brewing matcha tea is between 158 and 176 degrees. The temperature of the water also changes the taste of the tea: Colder water releases more umami flavor and grassiness, while hotter water gives you a heavier, more bitter tea. Brew to your tastes. Just remember: Never boil.

It’s time to touch on texture. The last thing that you want to do is chew your cocktail, and if not incorporated properly, matcha powder forms giant clusters that will muck up your drink. Clumping in matcha occurs if you haven’t mastered your whisking technique (think scrubbing motion rather than circular) or if you haven’t sifted the matcha powder before brewing (always sift it through a tea sieve). Make sure to whisk briskly, so that a bubbly foam appears.

Just as important as proper preparation is proper storage. Once opened, powdered matcha needs to be stored in a cool, dry place that is free from moisture and stinky foods or beverages. Remove all the air from the matcha package, place it in a Ziploc bag, remove all the air from that bag, then seal it and store it in your refrigerator. That way you won’t have funky, oxidized tea.

To help you master matcha, we came up with three delicious recipes: Our Pisco Sour will test your grasp of temperature the Matcha Spritz will teach you how to incorporate matcha at cold temperatures and how to sift the tea correctly and the Matcha Latte allows you to become one with your whisking. It’s one of the tastiest classes you’ll ever take.

Green Tea Gimlet Cocktail

we have the Telluride Balloon Fest going on here! Its a true treat of color, festivities and smiles. To celebrate bluebird days & hot air balloons (to celebrate anything) I have this Green Tea Gimlet Cocktail recipe from the wonderful Savory Cocktails book by Greg Henry (Sippity Sup blog.) Let’s sip!

Greg is an awesome blogger pal and I’m loving his cocktail cookbook.

Savory cocktails are less common then their sweeter siblings, but just as tasty & fun!

In the book there are sour (Green Tea Gimlet), spicy (The Spice Trail), herbal (Triple C Collins), umami (Sungold Zinger), bitter (Barrel Aged Berolini), smoky (The Long Goodbye), rich (Cool Revival) & strong (Hair Raising Tonic) cocktails in this book.

I chose the Green Tea Gimlet (page. 23) to share with you because A. It’s delicious. B. You can easily sweeten up with some more of Greg’s citrus syrup recipe if you desire.

Gin isn’t typically my first choice in liquor but I’m really enjoying it this time of year. I love it’s light, brisk flavor & it’s really fun to mix into fruity (& savory) cocktails.

Tea Cocktails

This Isn't Goodbye. | Photo by John Valls. Sing Like a Bee. | Photo by Brett Donar. Hibiscus Tea Cobbler. | Photo by Alan Weiner. Julia Momose’s Tea Vermouth Cocktail. | Photo by Emma Janzen. Mint Julep Iced Tea. | Photo courtesy of Time Books, Inc. Tea & Biscuits Flip. | Photo by Denny Culbert. Peach Brandy Crusta. | Photo by Randy Layman. Boozy Arnold Palmer. | Photo by Galdones Photography. To Thursday: A Rum Punch. | Photo by Alli Peters. Daydream. | Photo by Kenzie Wyatt. Grand Duke’s Nectar From Becketts Kopf Berlin. | Photo by Claudia Goedke. Dead Rabbit's Real Irish Punch. | Photo by Gregory Buda. Carina Carina. | Photo by E.E. Berger. Fog Over Rio. | Photo by Emma Janzen. . | Photo by Jim Sullivan. Everything Nice. | Photo by Lyudmila Zotova. Saint Cecilia's Society Punch. | Photo by JWKPEC Photography. Sweet Nothings Toddy. | Photo by Tina Rupp.

Tea can lend complexity to a cocktail in a way no other ingredient can. From green, oolong and black tea to chai and other blends, these cocktails use myriad styles to delicious effect.

Sing Like a Bee Earl Grey meets gin, honey, and citrus.

Mint Julep Iced Tea Sweet tea meets the bourbon classic.

Tea & Biscuits Flip A warming mix of Cognac, chai, orgeat, lemon and cardamom.

Peach Brandy Crusta Oolong tea syrup and peach brandy give the Crusta a fresh new look.

Boozy Arnold Palmer The classic combo of iced tea and lemonade gets a twist.

To Thursday Rum Punch Jamaican rum and an orange spice tea syrup anchor this recipe.

Daydream Vodka, lemonade and elderflower come together.

Grand Duke&rsquos Nectar Rum, Cognac and black tea merge seamlessly.

Dead Rabbit&rsquos Real Irish Punch Genmaicha matches the grain and malt notes of Irish whiskey in this warming punch.

Carina Carina A Pisco Sour riff with chai-infused orange juice.

Fog Over Rio A Caipirinha-inspired cocktail made with lemon and Earl Grey-lavender syrup.

Chai This Old Fashioned A brown sugar-chai syrup flavors this riff.

Everything Nice A simple mix defined by gin and Earl Grey.

Saint Cecilia&rsquos Society Punch A wintry trio of flavor comes via rum, brandy, spiced black tea, and sparkling wine.

Sweet Nothings Hot Toddy Warming rooibos and bourbon fuel this wintry hot toddy.

What Is a Green Tea Shot?

A bit of a misnomer, this Zen cocktail soothes sensitive taste buds and makes your drink memorable. As you have already known this shot will be prepared without the ingredients of green tea, yet the mixture will taste like Zen tea. The smoothness depends on how much alcohol goes into the fusion. Because of its sweetener taste, the drink taker won&rsquot get bored even after consuming a few extra shots.

Though bartenders make various ways to make this delicious drink, one of the most demanding ways is to make with half of the Jameson Whiskey, and the other parts are a sour mix and a mixture of peach schnapps and a dash of sprite. Oh dear, I bet whether you host the party at your lawn or near the open beach or in a bar this icebreaker alcoholic drink can set the mood for the evening. The name has its own reputation. This refreshing drink is basically served in small-sized shot glasses, and because of its mesmerizing taste and health benefit, it&rsquos gone viral in almost all types of the bar in the world.

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Location: 214 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Bartender: Täkō bar staff
Cocktail: Ramon's Gin Fizz ($10) with matcha-infused Tanqueray No. Ten, heavy cream, lemon juice, lime juice, demerara syrup, rose water, avocado and Jarritos mandarin soda.
The bar wanted to create a "healthy" version of the classic Ramos Gin Fizz and what better way than with avocado and the antioxidants of the green tea? "We really loved the way the matcha infused into the Tanqueray! Tea-infused spirits are fun to experiment with," says one of the drink collaborators, bartender Maggie Meskey.

The Best Cocktails to Sip on St. Patrick's Day

Forget the Guinness this St. Patrick's Day&mdashsip one of these drinks to get in the spirit and feel the luck of the Irish.

Guinness is nice and all, but we've got a slew of yummy cocktails that were specially created to put you in the St. Patrick's Day spirit. They're all green, so you can get an extra shot of luck of the Irish.

2 oz. Barrymore Pinot Grigio
4 cucumber chunks
5 mint leaves
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. soda water
Garnish: 3 mint sprigs and a cucumber slice
To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber and mint leaves.
Fill shaker with ice and add lime juice, simple syrup, and wine.
Shake vigorously.
Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with three mint sprigs and a cucumber slice.
Source: Barrymore Wines

2 oz. Basil Hayden's Bourbon
½ oz. DeKuyper Crème de Menthe
1 oz. half and half
Garnish: mint sprig

Pour all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice, and garnish with a mint sprig.
Source: DeKuyper Crème de Menthe

1½ oz. white rum
1½ oz. Monin Mojito Mix Syrup
½ oz. lime juice
5 mint leaves
Splash of sour mix
Garnish: lime wheel

Combine all ingredients in a blender, add 16 oz. of ice, and blend on a medium speed.
Pour into a Poco Grande glass, and garnish with a lime wheel.
Source: Havana Central

1½ oz. Absolut Miami
1 oz. simple syrup
¾ oz. lime juice
6 mint leaves
1 oz. soda
Garnish: mint sprig

Muddle mint leaves with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and hot water) and lime juice in a shaker.
Add Absolut Miami, shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
Top with soda, and garnish with a mint sprig.
Source: Absolut Vodka

1 Numi Decaf Ginger Lemon tea bag
3 oz. cucumber juice (put cucumber in blender, blend, and strain.)
1½ oz. tequila
Splash of lemon juice
Garnish: lime wedge

In a glass, infuse one tea bag in tequila for 30 minutes.
Remove bag and squeeze out excess.
Combine all ingredients in another glass filled with ice.
Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.
Source: James Labe, Tea Sommelier

1½ oz. Familia Camarena Reposado Tequila
½ oz. sour apple liqueur
¼ oz. agave nectar
2 oz. lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
Shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with thinly-sliced green apples.
Source: Camarena Tequila

2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
2½ oz. Medea Vodka
Splash of club soda
Garnish: mint

Add lime juice, simple syrup, Medea Vodka, and basil into a shaker filled with ice and shake well.
Strain and pour into a highball glass filled with ice.
Add a splash of club soda, and garnish with two mint leaves.
Source: Chef Lulzim Rexhepi of The Ocean Club Hotel

2 oz. Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka
½ kiwi
½ lime
1 tsp. sugar

Peel kiwi and cut lime into quarters.
Muddle fruit and sugar in a shaker until well crushed and juicy.
Add ice and vodka, and shake vigorously.
Pour all contents into a glass and drink with a straw.
Source: Blue Ice Organic Wheat Vodka

Shot of Bushmill's Irish Whiskey
½ oz. Crème de Menthe
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend on medium, and pour into a martini glass.
Source: LAVO Las Vegas

1½ oz. Blue Ice Vodka
½ oz. Blue Curacao
2½ oz. sweet & sour mix
2 oz. orange juice
Garnish: orange slice and maraschino cherry

Combine all ingredients in a blender, add crushed ice, and blend on a high speed.
Pour into a hurricane style glass, and garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry arranged on a pick.
Source: Blue Ice Vodka

1 oz. Sauza Blue Gold Tequila
½ oz. melon liqueur
2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup

To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain the ingredients into an ice-filled glass.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
Source: Sauza Tequila

1½ oz. Leblon Cachaca
½ oz. Midori
Sour mix
Pineapple juice
Garnish: sage

Pour all ingredients into a glass, stir, and garnish with sage.
Source: R Lounge in Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel

2 oz. vodka
½ oz. dry vermouth
½ oz. Irish whiskey

Pour whiskey into a martini glass.
Then, swirl it around the glass in order to coat the inside, and drain the excess whiskey.
Pour the vodka and dry vermouth into a shaker filled with ice, shake well, and strain into the glass.
Credit: Andrea Correale, president of Elegant Affairs

1½ oz. Van Gogh Cool Peach
½ oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. agave nectar
10 mint leaves
Garnish: mint sprig

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled ice and shake very well.
Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a mint sprig.
Source: Jonathon Pogash, The Cocktail Guru

1½ oz. sake
1½ oz. vodka
½ oz. lime juice
Pea size of Wasabi
Garnish: lime wedge

Combine all ingredients in a martini glass, stir, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Source: Koi Los Angeles

10. Midori Daiquiri

In the Midori daiquiri, replace the sweet (simple syrup) with Midori for an interesting twist on the original.


  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ once Midori
  • 1½ ounces white rum
  • Ice


  1. Chill a cocktail glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, Midori, and white rum.
  3. Add the ice and shake.
  4. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass.

Green Tea Sour Cocktail - Recipes


  • 1.5-oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1.5-oz. peach liqueur
  • 1.5-oz. sour mix *
  • Ice
  • Optional: Sprite or 7-Up

That doesn’t mean you have to use Jameson. If you have Jim Beam or Jack Daniels or whatever whiskey on the shelf that you usually mix with, use that. As for the peach liqueur, there’s no getting around how sweet that is. I’m using Bols, which is affordable and available everywhere.

Lastly, don’t let me stop you from using a store-bought sour mix. That being said, making your own sour mix is super easy and will bring a lot more fresh citrus brightness to this very saccharine shooter. See note below for the recipe before we move on.

*SOUR MIX: Add 1/2 cup simple syrup, 1/2 cup fresh and strained lemon juice (three to four lemons), and 1/4 cup fresh and strained lime juice (two to three limes) to a jar. Put the lid on the jar and shake vigorously until fully emulsified (no more than ten seconds). It’s ready!

What You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Shot glasses
  • Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Jar with lid
  • Measuring cup
  • Add equal measures of whiskey, peach liqueur, and sour mix into a cocktail shaker.
  • Top up with ice.
  • Affix shaker lid and shake until the outside of the shaker is ice-cold.
  • Strain the shooter into shot glasses.
  • Optional: Top with a dash of Sprite or 7-Up.
  • Serve.

Bottom Line:

Most recipes call for you to add a splash of Sprite or 7-Up to the top of this shot. I disagree. The shot is already sweet enough. It simply doesn’t need more sweetness on top. Plus, if you make your own sour mix, it’ll already be lemon-limey enough, too.

Regardless of how you take it, you won’t taste the whiskey. At all. Which, for a drink like this, is sort of the point.

Bonus Version: White Tea Shot

If you don’t have whiskey on hand, you can make a white tea shooter with … vodka.

Basically, do the exact same thing as above and just switch out the whiskey for vodka, making it white instead of “green.”

I can’t that say I like this more or less. It’s just different. It’s a lot smoother and the lemon and lime really do stand out more. I tried this again (for posterity of course) with the Stoli Lime and it really popped.

If I had to choose between the two, I’d probably stick with the whiskey version — there’s a little more depth. Still, don’t make a liquor store run in a pandemic just to buy whiskey for shooters. This is also perfectly serviceable.

Watch the video: TOKYO ICED TEA - Bright Green Long Island Iced Tea! (June 2022).