Shennong’s Revenge: Japanese Matcha Cocktail

Shennong’s Revenge: Japanese Matcha Cocktail

Serves: 1 • Time: 10 minutes

Shennong, a legendary ruler of ancient China, is credited for the discovery of matcha tea almost five millennia ago. His discovery was not confined to China, however, as the Japanese co-opted it. Here, Powell creates a modern take on the traditional tea in a vodka-based cocktail that packs a punch with matcha tea.


  • 3 sprigs basil
  • ¼ lime, plus 1 wedge for garnish
  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. coconut milk
  • 1½ oz. Blueberry Matcha Syrup 
  • 3 ice cubes


In a cocktail shaker, muddle 2 basil sprigs with the ¼ lime. Add the vodka, coconut milk, Blueberry Matcha Syrup, and ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled highball glass filled with ice and garnish with the last basil sprig and lime wedge.

Matthew Powell

Matthew Powell

Matthew Powell is a New York-based lifestyle journalist and recipe developer and has been published in New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, and Interior Design. Prior to media work, he cooked in the kitchens of Daniel and Eleven Madison Park.

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