Matcha Cocktail

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Brace yourselves for epic flavors with our refreshing Cucumber Matcha Cocktail. This drink is a unique blend of refreshing cucumber, earthy green tea, and just the right touch of sweetness.

Suitable for vegan and gluten free diets.

Cucumber Matcha Cocktail in 2 glasses garnished with mint and cucumber

It is an easy-to-whip-up green tea cocktail made from a simple cucumber sugar syrup, powdered matcha green tea, gin, limes, and lots and lots of mints. The quantities I have given are soooo flexible, so you can easily make it to your taste. Add more cucumber syrup or more lime juice as you desire.

Freddy and I recently spent a few days on the largest cruise ship in the world with the best cocktails.  You found fantastic cocktail stalls at every turn with really nice staff who could whip you up anything you desire. We might have tried several Baileys white Russian, pina coladas, peach bourbon smash bloody Marys, Tom Collins, and about 50 million other cocktails. All in the name of research you see.

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So, back at home on a particularly dull day, I sat my tired self down and daydreamed about a cocktail. Then, bam, the idea of this cucumber matcha cocktail hit me. I mean, take some caffeine, add some alcohol, and you end up with the perfect afternoon pick-me-up cocktail, right?

Now, let’s dive into what makes this cocktail a must-try.

2 glasses filled with the finished cocktail recipe and garnished with mint and cucumber slicees

Why Make This Matcha Cocktail Recipe

  • Refreshing Twist – This cocktail is a refreshing change from the usual drinks. It’s perfect for hot days or when you’re craving something different and no cocktail shaker is needed.
  • Healthier Option – Matcha is known for its health benefits, making this cocktail healthier than other sugary drinks.
  • Easy to Customize – Whether you like it sweeter or with a bit more kick, this recipe is super adaptable to your taste preferences.
  • Impressive Presentation – The stunning green color of this cocktail makes it an eye-catching addition to any dinner party or gathering.

Ingredient Notes

For the Cucumber Syrup

  • Sugar – The base of your syrup. Regular granulated sugar works best.
  • Water – This dilutes the sugar to create a syrup consistency.
  • Cucumber Slices – These slices infuse the syrup with a fresh, crisp flavor. Thin slices work best.
  • Matcha Green Tea – Provides a rich, earthy flavor. Make sure it’s fine matcha powder for easy dissolving.
  • Gin – Adds a botanical note to the syrup. You can adjust the amount to suit your taste.
  • Lime Juice – Freshly squeezed lime juice will give the best flavor.

For the Cucumber Matcha Cocktail

  • Cucumber Syrup – This gives the cocktail its unique flavor.
  • Cucumber Slices – For garnishing. They add freshness and visual appeal.
  • Mint Leaves – Makes for a refreshing aroma and taste.
  • Lime Slices – They contribute a zesty tang. Use fresh for the best flavor.
  • Fresh Ice Cubes – Add ice for a chilled, refreshing cocktail.

Ready to learn how to make this cocktail? Grab those cucumbers and the other ingredients, and I will show you…

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How To Make A Green Tea Cocktail

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. First, make the syrup: To make the cucumber syrup, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat gently whilst stirring regularly until all the sugar has dissolved. Next, add cucumber slices and leave them until the syrup cools completely. Discard the cucumber.
  2. Secondly, make the Cucumber Matcha Cocktail: Add the matcha powder into a good-sized bowl and slowly add 2 tbsp of water, a little bit at a time, mixing constantly to make a smooth matcha paste. Then, slowly mix in the rest of the water, followed by the gin, lime juice, and cucumber syrup.
  3. Lastly, place cucumber slices and mint leaves in each cocktail glass or jar and mash with a wooden spoon. Then, add some lime slices and ice before topping up the cucumber matcha cocktail.
the finished matcha cocktail garnished with mint

Expert Tips

  • Chill Your Ingredients. Ensure your cucumber and matcha powder are chilled before use. This helps keep the cocktail refreshingly cool.
  • For a smooth cocktail, fine strain the mixture to remove cucumber bits or matcha clumps.
  • When mixing the cocktail, stir gently to combine flavors without breaking down the delicate cucumber slices. This helps maintain the cocktail’s crisp texture.
  • Use quality Matcha. It is important to invest in good quality matcha powder for the best flavor. The better the matcha, the more vibrant and tasty your cocktail will be. You don’t need ceremonial-grade matcha for this recipe. The culinary-grade matcha is perfect.
  • First, add a little bit of water to the matcha to make a paste before adding the rest of the water to avoid clumps of matcha.
  • Since these delicious cocktails go down easily, please make sure to drink responsibly and be mindful of your consumption.

Delicious Variations

  • Fruity Twist – Consider adding a splash of pineapple juice or apple juice for a sweet, fruity variation.
  • Sparkling Matcha – Top it with sparkling water for a fizzy, refreshing drink.

Prep And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – The cucumber syrup for your Cucumber Matcha Cocktail can be stored in the refrigerator for about 1-2 weeks, so it is perfect for making ahead. Just make sure it’s in a clean, airtight container.
  • Store – You can keep it in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Remember, the flavors might mellow a bit over time, so I prefer making it from scratch.
  • Freeze – Freezing the cocktail is not recommended.
close up view of two portions of the completed cocktail recipe served in mason jars

FAQs

What alcohol goes good in matcha?

The alcohol that goes well with matcha is gin, vodka, or rum.

What mixes well with matcha?

Matcha mixes well with creamy ingredients like milk or coconut milk, adding a lovely richness.
Citrus flavors, especially lemon and lime, bring out its vibrant notes.
So, if you have a sweet tooth, honey or maple syrup makes excellent combos, enhancing matcha’s unique flavor without overpowering it.

Why should you not drink matcha on an empty stomach?

You should not drink matcha on an empty stomach as it might lead to discomfort because of its caffeine and tannins.
Lastly, consider having a little something to eat before enjoying your matcha is better.

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Serve With

  • Asian Dinner – Serve this cocktail at an Asian dinner party. It pairs well with dishes like sushi, dumplings, air fryer crab rangoons, or a light noodle salad.
  • Brunch Affair – Incorporate this cocktail into your brunch menu with a French Charcuterie. It’s a refreshing alternative to the usual mimosa or Bloody Mary.

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Cucumber Matcha Cocktail in 2 glasses garnished with mint and cucumber
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Matcha Cocktail

This cucumber matcha cocktail makes a great afternoon pick me up.
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: american, western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For the cucumber syrup

  • ½ cup (100g) sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water
  • 10 slices of cucumber
  • teaspoon Matcha green tea
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water
  • ½ cup (125 ml) gin
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice

For the Cucumber Matcha Cocktail

  • 3 tablespoons cucumber syrup
  • Cucumber slices
  • Mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime sliced
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

Make the syrup:

  • To make the cucumber syrup combine the sugar and water in a saucepan, and heat gently whilst stirring regularly until all sugar has dissolved. Then add in cucumber slices and leave them till the syrup cools completely. Discard the cucumber.

Make the Cucumber Matcha Cocktail:

  • Add the matcha into a good sized bowl and slowly add 2 tablespoons of water, a little bit at a time, mixing constantly to make a smooth matcha paste. Then slowly mix in the rest of the water, followed by the gin, lime juice and cucumber syrup.
  • Place some cucumber slices and mint leaves in each cocktail jar and mash with a wooden spoon. Then add in some lime slices and ice before topping up with the cucumber matcha cocktail.
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Notes

  • Chill Your Ingredients – Ensure your cucumber and matcha powder are chilled before use. This helps keep the cocktail refreshingly cool.
  • Fine Strain – For a smooth cocktail, fine strain the mixture to remove cucumber bits or matcha clumps.
  • Gentle Stirring – When mixing the cocktail, stir gently to combine flavors without breaking down the delicate cucumber slices. This helps maintain the cocktail’s crisp texture.
  • Quality Matcha – Invest in good quality matcha powder for the best flavor. The better the matcha, the more vibrant and tasty your cocktail will be. You don’t need ceremonial-grade matcha for this recipe. The culinary grade matcha is perfect.
  • Add a little water – First, add a little bit of water to the matcha to make a paste, before adding in the rest of the water to avoid ending up with clumps of matcha.
  • Storage – The cucumber syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for about 1-2 weeks. You can keep the completed Matcha Cocktail in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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  1. I’ve never tried matcha, I’d love to try this cocktail though sounds super refreshing

  2. Chocolate Dream Ice cream – in this weather, just the ticket for keeping you cool and refreshed. Hits the spot perfectly!