Matcha—finely milled, high-quality green tea powder—is the centerpiece of the Japanese tea ceremony. In modern times, it has become popular as a flavoring/coloring agent for mocha and soba noodles, green-tea ice cream and candies. It is prized for its antioxidant powers. Made with green tea and matcha powder (available at Asian markets), Green Honey liqueur is refreshing over ice, garnished with a wedge of lime, and soothing when served warm.
Makes about 1 quart
3 1/4 c. 80- to 100-proof vodka
8 green tea bags
1/4 c. matcha powder
Grated zest of 3 limes
3/4 c. clover or orange blossom honey
Combine all ingredients in a half-gallon jar, stirring to moisten everything.
Seal the jar and put it in a cool, dark cabinet until the liquid smells and tastes strongly of green tea, 3 to 5 days.
Strain the mixture with a fine-mesh strainer. Do not push on the solids to extract more liquid.
Seal and store in a cool, dark cabinet. Use within one year.
Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss (Storey Publishing, 2013)