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The Green Irish—A Matcha Vodka Cocktail

on March 11, 2021
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This Matcha Vodka Cocktail, The Green Irish, is a fresh new take on a White Russian, with matcha instead of coffee!
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This Green Irish drink is a Matcha Vodka Cocktail you won’t want to miss! With its beautiful color, earthy taste, and velvety finish, it’s somehow simultaneously both refreshing and creamy.

Think a White Russian, but green. And matcha instead of coffee. And vanilla liqueur instead of Kahlua. Oh, but keep the cream. Definitely keep the cream. Yup, that pretty much sums it up!

If this cocktail piqued your interest, you may be matcha-obsessed like me! And I certainly can’t blame you. It’s earthy and refreshing, and gives you a great punch of caffeinated energy!

And as the awesomeness of this green little powder is catching on, integrating it into baked goods (check out these Matcha Brownies!) and cocktails has become more and more popular (check out this Matcha Mojito)!

cocktail with matcha and cream swirls

Green Irish Matcha Vodka Cocktail Tips and Tricks

Make Sure The Powder is Mixed In

You’ll add your matcha powder to your vodka first. Make sure it’s mixed well to avoid any powder lumps. I actually use my milk frother to make sure my matcha vodka mixture is perfectly smooth.

Green tip: Try buying raw, locally sourced honey. Generally, smaller-scale honeybee operations harvest honey in the fall, when the bees produce it in excess. They often have higher quality control standards and keep the bees safe from pesticides.

If you’re adding honey, you’ll do it in this step, too. Add honey only if you normally add sweetener to your tea or cocktails. I drink my tea and coffee black, and this matcha vodka cocktail is no exception!

pouring matcha and vodka into cocktail glass with ice

Consider Whiskey Ice

One of the greatest things about this cocktail is it’s creamy consistency. If you like to nurse your drinks, melting ice may disturb that perfect creaminess.

Consider whiskey ice—the bigger the ice, the slower it will melt, and the longer you can enjoy your drink before it starts to get watered down. I use these ice trays and absolutely love them.

adding vanilla liqueur to matcha and vodka

Add Your Cream Last

The vodka-matcha-vanilla mixture is more dense than your cream, leaving the green mixture on the bottom and allowing your cream to float on top, showcasing your bartending skills!

Stir it just enough to form a swirl effect, giving you a really nice, creamy mouthfeel.

adding cream to matcha vodka cocktail

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Why You Should Make this Green Irish Cocktail

  • It’s colorful! That green, I mean, come on!
  • It’s new. A fresh new take on a White Russian, but make it colorful.
  • It’s energizing. A little caffeine kick from that matcha is a great extra perk.
  • It’s creamy. That coconut cream finish is EVERYTHING.

If you love this Matcha Vodka Cocktail recipe and need more fun cocktails, check out this list of 10+ Mixology Cocktails To Try At Home!

cocktail with matcha and cream swirls in a whiskey tumbler glass

The Green Irish – A Matcha Vodka Cocktail

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This Matcha Vodka Cocktail, The Green Irish, is a fresh new take on a classic White Russian, with matcha instead of coffee!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 ounce vanilla liqueur
  • 1 ounce cream (dairy or coconut cream)
  • 2 teaspoons honey or 1 teaspoon agave nectar (optional)
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  • In a mixing glass, add vodka and matcha and whip thoroughly until smooth. If you are adding honey, add it now. I actually use my frother to get out any lumps.
  • In your cocktail glass with ice, pour in matcha and vodka mixture and add the vanilla liqueur.
  • Pour coconut cream on top. Mix and enjoy! Cheers!

Pro Tips

  • Add honey only if you usually add sweeteners to your tea!
  • Add your cream last, and stir it just enough to leave little swirls.
  • 1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons
  • Still thirsty? Check out this awesome collection of my best cocktail recipes!


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Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Easy, Matcha, Matcha Vodka Cocktail, Quick, Vodka
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