My father used to drink blended whiskey with a pre-made green tea as an aperitif to dinner. I will always remember him giving me a little sip despite my mother running towards us in the background. It is a very nostalgic, typical Chinese businessman drink. This That’s the Spirit version has beautiful blended Scotch, whisked matcha tea, honey and soda. It is a refreshing cocktail suited for any occasion.
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Rest time: 30 minutes. Recipe can remain in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
In a blender, combine ginger slices, ¼ cup water and honey. Pulse two or three times and then blend on low for about 30 seconds until ginger is broken down. Let mixture sit for about a half hour.
Strain out solids through a colander or strainer into a non-reactive container.
In a bowl, add matcha tea and 4 Tbsp water. Whisk until bubbly and all powder is dissolved.
In a shaker tin, add blended Scotch whiskey, ginger-honey mixture, matcha tea and lemon. Add enough ice to cover the liquid, plus a little bit more. Cover the other side of the shaker tin and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds until well chilled.
Strain the contents of shaker tin into a tall Collins glass. Fill glass with ice and top with soda. Garnish with lemon wheel and candied ginger slice. Enjoy immediately!