April 14, 2016
Rocking a Mizuba Matcha Punch
Cocktails are not a common items on my beverage list. However, when I received my Nantucket Island rocks glass courtesy of the uncommongreen, it seemed only fitting to use it with a cocktail. Of course, as a frequent tea drinker, I knew I wanted to incorporate tea. I wanted the cocktail to reflect the season - spring - so turned to matcha for its coloring. The matcha I am currently drinking is Mizuba Tea Company's House. My next step was an internet search. Coincidentally, one of the top pages was the recipe collaboration between Mizuba and Mint & Mirth on the Mint & Mirth website. Of the four unique cocktail recipes, I chose the "Matcha Punch (for one)." I had been served a rum punch at an Easter brunch and really enjoyed it!
The first step was to prepare a matcha simple syrup. I made the orange juice version. Once the syrup cooled, I mixed a modified version of the cocktail. I used Gosling's Dark Rum not a spiced rum and I did not add pineapple juice. Despite these changes, the result was deliciously refreshing. I liked the "world's tiniest pinch" of nutmeg but Mr. Tea was not as enthusiastic. The matcha did not impart its classic flavors to cocktail. There was, though, a bit of depth to the cocktail. You can find the matcha syrup and punch recipes on Mint & Mirth.
The simple syrup recipe makes a lot of syrup. I've used it to prepare matcha soda (with lime seltzer) and I may attempt an Old Fashioned using a Scotch whisky. The whisky featured in The Famous Mint Tea recipe. I served that cocktail in a small Duralex glasses. I like the tumbler but it is not the right dimension for a cocktail. The Nantucket Island rocks glass complemented the Matcha Punch. I think rum punches call to mind islands. The glass itself is the right size for my hand. Also, the glass has a nice weight but it is not heavy. It fits securely in my hand. The only thing I would improve is the etching on the glass. The engraving of Nantucket Island and Harbor are not always legible. You can see the Nantucket Island glass on theuncommongreen website here.