How to Make a Tequila Sunrise Cocktail with Matcha Green Tea

This is such a fabulous way to enjoy matcha green tea and the layered effect makes this matcha tequila sunrise cocktail that little bit extra fancy.

Making Tea Infused Cocktails: A Tequila Sunrise

Layered with orange juice, grenadine and matcha green tea

A tequila sunrise is a well known cocktail made popular in the 1970s, however, was first created around 50 years previously. It’s called a tequila sunrise because it looks just like a stunning sunrise.

This version of the retro classic is made with matcha green tea to create an extra layer on top. You could actually call it a traffic light cocktail because of the stop-get ready-go colours!

If you love classic tea inspired cocktails, you may also love this Long Island iced tea recipe (Made With Actual Tea!)


This impressive matcha tequila sunrise cocktail is so easy to whip up in just a few minutes. To get the layered effect, the ingredients do have to go in a certain order. Firstly, the grenadine, then the ice full to the top to help keep the layers, followed by the tequila blanco, next is the orange juice and then lastly is the matcha green tea. Add one or two maraschino cherries for that cocktail-bar-aesthetic.

I love adding a sprinkle of spice to the combination of matcha and orange juice such as apple pie spice or cinnamon.

Feel free to make it a virgin sunrise cocktail by omitting the tequila. You could also swap the tequila for white rum or vodka if you wish.

If you would prefer not to have grenadine, you can switch for a more natural tart cherry syrup. However, I have found that the colour of tart cherry syrup isn’t as bright red as grenadine but it still works to some degree.

Pair this superb matcha cocktail with a slice of this delicious masala chai infused carrot cake.

Does Tequila Pair Well With Matcha Green Tea?

Lots of various types of alcohol goes well with green tea and other teas too. You can try out many flavour combinations with tipsy tea cocktails. I personally think that matcha green tea pairs perfectly with lighter spirits such as tequila blanco, vodka or white rum. A modern alternative to a tequila sunrise cocktail would be switching out the tequila for vodka for a vodka sunrise, or white rum for a rum sunrise. You can always make it a virgin cocktail by omitting the alcohol all together.

Are Matcha Cocktails Healthy?

There are lots of studies that suggest that matcha green tea is super healthy for us. Tea contains lots of antioxidants that fight free radicals in our body to keep us young and healthy. However, adding tea to cocktails may not have the desired healthy effect! It’d always a good idea to drink responsibly and have everything in moderation!

Is Matcha Safe to Drink Everyday?

Many people do indulge in matcha everyday and while it is considered safe to drink, it’s always best to enjoy in moderation. Matcha contains high levels of caffeine which can sometimes cause side effects. And don’t forget to always check with your health care provider.

Is Grenadine Alcoholic?

Grenadine is not an alcoholic drink. It is a bright red syrup made from pomegranate juice and sugar. It is used in many cocktails and virgin cocktails such as a Shirley Temple. If you prefer a healthier less sugary alternative, tart cherry syrup can be used. It doesn’t quite have the same bright effect but still works to some degree.

What Type of Alcohol is Tequila?

Tequila is a trendy Mexican distilled liquor (alcohol) made from the weber blue agave plant. I like using tequila blanco (white tequila) for this matcha tequila sunrise cocktail recipe. Alternatively, you can use white rum or vodka if you prefer.

How to Make my Matcha Tequila Sunrise From Scratch

INGREDIENTS (Serves 2)

  • 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea

  • 1/4 teaspoon of apple pie spice/cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup of hot water

  • 2 tablespoons of grenadine

  • 2 cups of fresh orange juice

  • 2 shots of tequila

  • Lots of ice

METHOD

  1. Firstly, add the grenadine in your glasses.

  2. Next, add the ice followed by the shots of tequila.

  3. Top up your glasses with the orange juice.

  4. In a separate glass or small bowl add the matcha green tea with the apple pie spice or cinnamon. Add the hot water and mix well with a frother or a bamboo whisk.

  5. Pour the matcha over the top of the orange juice and watch the beautiful layers slowly drift into each other. Add optional maraschino cherries. Enjoy :)

Read More of my Tea Inspired Cocktails

Matcha Tequila Sunrise

Matcha Tequila Sunrise

Yield: 2
Author: Cindy Jarvis
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
This version of the retro classic is made with matcha green tea to create an extra layer on top. You could actually call it a traffic light cocktail because of the stop-get ready-go colours!

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Apple Pie Spice/Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup of Hot Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Grenadine
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 Shots of Tequila
  • Lots of Ice

Instructions

  1. Firstly, add the grenadine in your glasses.
  2. Next, add the ice followed by the shots of tequila.
  3. Top up your glasses with the orange juice.
  4. In a separate glass or small bowl add the matcha green tea with the apple pie spice or cinnamon. Add the hot water and mix well with a frother or a bamboo whisk.
  5. Pour the matcha over the top of the orange juice and watch the beautiful layers slowly drift into eachother. Add optional maraschino cherries. Enjoy :)

Nutrition Facts

Calories

231

Fat (grams)

0

Sat. Fat (grams)

0

Carbs (grams)

39

Fiber (grams)

0

Net carbs

39

Sugar (grams)

30

Protein (grams)

0

Sodium (milligrams)

12

Cholesterol (grams)

0

Approx. nutritional values

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