Aside form drinking tea gong fu style or in the case of matcha, cha no yu, mixing tea with alcoholic beverages is also becoming very popular.
In Japan mixing tea with alcohol is not uncommon at all and has been done for many years. One common combination is mixing oolong with shochu (a strong Japanese alcohol similar to vodka, which can be made from rice, barley, and sweet potato, amongst other things).
You might be surprised how well these two beverages go together! Give the Matcha Martini a try and if you like it feel free to experiment with other teas and alcohol combinations.
Matcha Recipes: How to Make A Matcha Martini
What you will need:
- 1 tsp organic matcha powder
- 5 oz gin
- 1 oz dry vermouth
- 1 tbsp simple syrup
- lemon peel for garnish
- Combine matcha, gin, and vermouth in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds. Strain into two glasses and garnish with lemon peel.
Of course if you don't have a cocktail shaker, feel free to use a blender or perhaps a jar.