Matcha Gin Sour

By: takestwoeggsPosted: 20/04/2022 Updated: 30/11/2023
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
Spice up your happy hour after a long week with this citrusy, earthy, and well-balanced matcha gin sour cocktail. This brilliantly green spring matcha cocktail features ceremonial grade matcha powder, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin.
Matcha Gin Sour

Spice up your happy hour after a long week with this citrusy, earthy, and well-balanced matcha gin sour cocktail. This brilliantly green spring matcha cocktail features ceremonial grade matcha powder, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin.

A matcha gin sour in a cocktail glass on a marble counter.

Start romanticizing your life and bring out your main character energy with this matcha gin sour cocktail. This brilliantly green caffeinated gin cocktail is the perfect pick-me-up happy hour drink after a long and busy week. This simple 6-ingredient gin sour recipe can be made in under 5 minutes and is simply phenomenal.

The floral gin flavor pairs wonderfully with the acidity from the lemon juice and the subtly sweet, grassy, and slightly bitter matcha powder. The shaken egg white gives this matcha cocktail its foamy top and silky texture. If you are looking for more boozy recipes, check out my espresso martini, Japanese yuzu whiskey sour and lychee rose popsicles!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Beautiful and aesthetic matcha cocktail that will wow your dinner party guests.
  • This matcha gin sour recipe is earthy, citrusy, and well-balanced.
  • You can make this easy matcha gin sour recipe with only 6 ingredients!

Kitchen Equipment

You can buy all of these cocktail-making pieces individually or you can buy a cocktail-making kit on Amazon that has all of these pieces and more!

  • Matcha bowl: or a small bowl with a spout. A matcha bowl is perfect for making a matcha due to its round shape and small spout. The round shape allows the whisk to stir up the matcha and aerate it allowing it to froth up and the spout makes it easy to pour into your glass. You can buy a matcha bowl online or at your local Japanese grocery store.
  • Matcha Whisk: also known as a chasen, is a small bamboo whisk that is made to whisk matcha. You can find a chasen online or at your local Japanese grocery store.
  • Jigger: you will need a cocktail jigger or small measuring cup that can measure in ounces to get the proportions right for this cocktail.
  • Cocktail Shaker: you will need a cocktail shaker in order to vigorously shake the egg white to create that beautiful frothy layer.
  • Cocktail Strainer: you will need a cocktail strainer to strain the cocktail without adding any ice that will dilute the cocktail.

Ingredients

This matcha cocktail contains only 6 simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store.

  • Matcha Powder: you can use either ceremonial grade or premium grade matcha. I do not recommend drinking culinary-grade matcha since it is more bitter.
  • Hot water: you will need to heat your water to 175°F (79°C) which is the optimal brewing temperature for the matcha powder.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice will yield the tastiest gin sour cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: simple syrup is the sweetening component of the cocktail. You can make simple syrup by melting a 1:1 ratio of sugar: water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. (Ex. 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water)
  • Egg white: the egg white is only necessary to add the frothy white layer at the top of the cocktail. This is optional.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Sweetener: instead of using simple syrup you can opt for other types of sweeteners such as honey, agave, and brown sugar simple syrup. However, keep in mind this may change the texture of the drink and how it affects the frothy egg white.
  • Egg white: if you are worried about using a raw egg white in your drink, you can swap out egg white for aquafaba instead. You can learn more about how to make it here.

How to Make Matcha Gin Sour

You can quickly shake up this matcha cocktail in a matter of minutes by following these quick easy steps.

  1. Whisk matcha. In a small bowl, whisk together the 1/4 tsp matcha powder with 1 tbsp of hot water at 175°F (79°C) until no clumps remain.
  1. Dry shake. Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, matcha, and egg white to a shaker. Close and dry shake (without ice) vigorously for 1 minute until frothy.
  1. Wet shake. Next, add ice and shake again until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and shake out the frothy egg white.
  1. Garnish. Dust the gin sour cocktail with matcha powder and enjoy!
A close up of a matcha gin sour in a cocktail glass on a marble counter.

Tips for the Best Matcha Gin Sour

  • Brew the matcha at 175°F (79°C). This is the optimal temperature to brew matcha and will yield the best tasting results without burning the matcha powder and making it too bitter.
  • Dry shake the cocktail vigorously. The first time you shake the gin sour cocktail in the shaker, shake it as vigorously as you can for a minimum of 1 minute. This is the time when the egg white will begin to froth up and create that lovely white layer.

Storage Instructions

This matcha cocktail is best served immediately. You can store this gin sour recipe (without the egg white) in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Frequently Asked Q’s and A’s

Why do I need to whisk the matcha?

Matcha powder doesn’t dissolve in water on its own. Whisking allows the matcha to suspend into the water and also removes any clumps along the way.

Why do I need to dry shake and then wet shake?

For all egg white cocktails, you will need to shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker without the ice to ensure that the egg white combines with the other ingredients and result in a frothy texture. After the cocktail is frothy, you shake the cocktail again with ice to flash chill the ingredients for a refreshing cocktail.

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Recipe

A close up of a matcha gin sour in a cocktail glass on a marble counter.

Matcha Gin Sour

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Spice up your happy hour after a long week with this citrusy, earthy, and well-balanced matcha gin sour cocktail. This brilliantly green spring matcha cocktail features ceremonial grade matcha powder, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin.
Servings: 1 cocktail
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Ingredients

  • 1/ 4 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon hot water 175°F (79°C)
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  • Whisk matcha. In a small bowl, whisk together the 1/4 tsp matcha powder with 1 tbsp of hot water at 175°F (79°C) until no clumps remain.
  • Dry shake. Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, matcha, and egg white to a shaker. Close and dry shake (without ice) vigorously for 1 minute until frothy.
  • Wet shake. Next, add ice and shake again until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and shake out the frothy egg white.
  • Garnish. Dust with matcha powder and enjoy!

Notes

  • Brew the matcha at 175°F (79°C). This is the optimal temperature to brew matcha and will yield the best tasting results without burning the matcha powder and making it too bitter.
  • Dry shake the cocktail vigorously. The first time you shake the gin sour cocktail in the shaker, shake it as vigorously as you can for a minimum of 1 minute. This is the time when the egg white will begin to froth up and create that lovely white layer.

Nutrition:

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 813IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 5mg

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