This recipe by Joanna Pruess was created for a tea cocktail book that we are currently writing together. Joanna expressed that everyone is jumping on the matcha green tea bandwagon for hot or cold beverages, in smoothies and ice cream, as well as in cocktails. In this seductive variation of a classic margarita, the tea powder adds an exotic flavor, rich color and mysterious opacity to the cocktail. A pinch of dried red pepper flakes makes it more seductive.
Because the tea syrup separates within a day, make it in small quantities. Leftover simple syrup can be used to sweeten many other drinks. Always use fresh lime juice in margaritas. There’s no substitute.