By Bao Ong | August 14, 2015 | Food & Drink
From lattes to iced teas, everyone is drinking matcha these days. But this trendy ingredient with health benefits, which is made from finely-ground green tea leaves, isn't just reserved for green juices—it's showing up on cocktail menus across the city. Here's where you can find a boozy green drink this summer.
At the seafood-centric Extra Fancy, beverage director Rob Krueger mixes up the Verdes Siempre, which gets a kick from Roca Patron Silver tequila and mingles with a matcha tea honey syrup. 302 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, 347-422-0939
Green tea plays two different roles in the Matcha Madness served at Pounds & Ounces Pub: there's a green tea-infused simple syrup and matcha-sugar rim. Chef Margaret Lavetty and bartender William Ramseur, who created the cocktail, also adds a heady mix of vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice, and sweet fig puree for the perfect recipe. 160 Eighth Ave., 646-449-8150
It's no surprise that there's a matcha drink at Kenta Goto's Bar Goto, the new Japanese bar on the Lower East Side with fun snacks and cocktails. Order the Matcha Milk Punch with its silky combination of matcha, sencha, vodka, and half cream. It may look like your typical healthy serving of matcha, but this spiked version is more appropriate for happy hour than breakfast. 245 Elridge St., 212-475-4411
The Matcha Pisco is a libation that fits SUSHISAMBA's theme perfectly. Like the restaurant, this drink combines the best components of Japanese and Latin ingredients. Corporate beverage director Craig Tabandera infuses Peruvian pisco with matcha tea before combining it with a potent mix of orange curacao, pineapple-and-tarragon syrup, lemon juice, and an egg white. 87 Seventh Ave. S., 212-691-7885
This hidden boîte in Tribeca serves up a creative menu of food and cocktails. Along with the fun wood-oven pizzas and bar snacks, you can order any number of classic cocktails with a twist. The Zeppo Cocktail is a boozy tipple full of spiced bourbon, matcha-infused simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and a dash of bitters. It's a stylish drink that's completely appropriate for this opulent space. 88 Thomas St., 212-321-2975
PHOTOGRAPHY VIA THOMAS SCHAUER (BAR CYRK)