This post and recipe is By Diana Weil, Matcha.com's Integrative Nutritionist and Food Relationship Specialist.
We heard there was a green shot that has spiked in popularity recently. Our interests immediately peaked!
Upon further research, it turns out this green tea shot consists of whiskey, peach schnapps, sour mix, and soda/lemonade. But where’s the green tea in the shot glass?! So we decided it was essential to come up with our own… one that actually contains its namesake!
Enter the matcha green tea shot.
The healthy twist behind our green tea shot recipe (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
While this is a green tea shot, we’re using matcha green tea in our recipe. Both green tea and matcha come from the same plant- the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference is that green tea is cultivated under full sun, and the leaves either come loose or bagged, whereas matcha is shaded 3-4 weeks before harvest and ground into a very fine powder. Green tea also typically has a brown, dullish color, while (good quality) matcha is bright and vibrant green.
Matcha also contains a higher amount of l-theanine and beneficial antioxidants.
No artificial ingredients or sweeteners in this green tea shot glass
For our version of the green tea shot, we’ve removed all artificial ingredients and stuck with more wholesome ingredients. The beautiful green color of this shot comes from high-quality matcha instead of yellow dye #5 and blue dye #1.
We recommend using ceremonial grade matcha here!
We’ve also added yuzu juice which gives this drink a delicious citrusy and fresh taste. Yuzu is a citrus fruit that hails from East Asia. You can find Yuzu juice at many grocery stores as well as online.
Look for products that contain 100% yuzu juice without any added ingredients. Yuzu is a highly nutritious food and contains antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, and energy-boosting B vitamins.
If this is your first time using yuzu, you’ll surely be a fan soon!
Ingredients you will need to make 4 matcha green tea shots:
¾ tsp matcha
¾ shot or 1.12 oz water
¾ shot or 1.12 oz honey
¾ shot or 1.12 oz yuzu
1 ½ shots vodka
Squeeze of lemon
- Ice cubes
- Equipment: cocktail shaker, mason jar, or shaker bottle
1) In a cocktail shaker, simply add all ingredients plus ice.
2) Shake well and pour into shot glasses. Add any toppings or decorations (such as miniature straws) Then enjoy!
The bottom line — this green tea shot can be made with alcohol or prepared alcohol-free
If you struggle with the taste of matcha but want to reap the health benefits of making your daily matcha dose prepared in a shot glass — the non-alcoholic version of this recipe is a super quick and easy way to get your matcha fix down in one gulp!
While this is a shot recipe, you can quickly turn this into a cocktail or even an alcohol-free drink—swap in sparkling water for vodka. As always, feel free to make this your own by adding more/less honey or even swapping lemon for lime.
When it comes to making drinks, a cocktail shaker is enormously helpful, and we'd say it’s worth the minimal investment. Though If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, put all ingredients in a jar and cover with a lid.
Whip this up at your next party and prepare to wow your friends. As always, remember to drink responsibly.