Matcha Mint Julep Recipe

Last Update: September 28, 2022

Meet a Southern cocktail with a Japanese twist. Make the matcha honey simple syrup in advance, then mix up a cocktail whenever the mood strikes. It’s perfect for warm-weather entertaining (just double the recipe for a crowd!).

Matcha Mint Julep

Yield: 1 serving
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


For the matcha simple syrup:
½ cup honey
½ cup water
1 teaspoon matcha powder

For the cocktail:
4 mint leaves
1 tablespoon matcha simple syrup
Crushed ice
2 ounces bourbon
2 ounces tonic water
2 sprigs of mint


Make the simple syrup:
Add honey and water to a small saucepan set over medium-high heat; whisk until honey dissolves. Add matcha and steep 10 minutes; cool completely.

Make the cocktail:
Add mint leaves to the bottom of a glass and muddle to release oils. Add 1 tablespoon matcha honey syrup, then top with crushed ice. Add bourbon and tonic water; gently stir. Garnish with more mint leaves.

Recipe credit: Angela Gaines

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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