This easy-to-make matcha mocktail makes for a delicious, stunning and refreshing non-alcoholic drink perfect for any occasion. It combines matcha green tea powder, zesty lime juice, fresh or frozen raspberries and sparkling water to give it a festive bubbly feel.
If you're trying to cut down on alcohol or avoid it altogether, mocktails can be such a wonderful alternative!
They are festive, easy to whip up together and similarly to regular cocktails, they pack a whole lot of flavor that will satisfy your craving for a fancy drink.
I have a bunch of easy 5-min mocktail recipes that I make weekly, such as this strawberry mojito mocktail or this grapefruit mocktail, which can help significantly reduce your alcohol consumption. But also some more sophisticated alcohol-free drinks, like this virgin pina colada or this popular passion fruit mocktail, to reserve for special occasions.
And since I love everything matcha, I made a matcha mocktail this time and I am hooked!
It combines raspberries (frozen or fresh), sparkling water or tonic water, fresh mint, lime juice and a matcha green tea shot. It is like a matcha mojito mocktail with a nice fruity twist!
Like in this matcha lemonade, the zesty citrus flavor combined with the earthiness from the matcha powder works shockingly well together. You can adjust sweetness and tartness to your preference and omit or swap the fruit for other berries, depending on what you have. This recipe is so versatile, there is no going wrong!
Let me know if you gave it a try! Cheers ❤️
Why you should try this recipe
- Easy to make
- Has a pretty gradient of colors
- So refreshing and delicious
- Healthy and rich in antioxidants
- Sweetened to taste (low-sugar) and non-alcoholic
- Nice twist on a mojito mocktail drink
- Very flavorful with a nice punch
Ingredients you will need
- Matcha powder: the star of this recipe! For making drinks, using a ceremonial grade matcha powder is best (brighter green, smoother flavor). Culinary grade would work too if that's all you have, although this kind is best reserved for baking. I used the matcha powder from the brand Matcha Organics.
- Hot water: to dissolve the matcha powder before pouring it into your drink.
- Lime: you will need a whole lime for the drink, plus more slices if desired to decorate the drink at serving.
- Fresh mint: fresh mint adds a nice flavor that will remind you of a mojito mocktail. Don't skip!
- Sparkling water: there is a lot of flexibility in which bubbly water you can use. I usually use plain or lime/lemon flavored unsweetened sparkling water since I always have some ready to use, but tonic water or club soda work too.
- Maple syrup: sweetener of choice, although you can also use agave nectar, simple syrup or granulated sugar.
- Raspberries: optional, but amazing in this matcha drink, so I highly recommend it. If you don't have raspberries but you have other berries, such as blueberries or strawberries, use them instead, that will work. I like using frozen raspberries since once thawed, they get nice and saucy, although fresh raspberries work well.
How to make a raspberry matcha mojito mocktail
This drink is done in 3 simple steps and should be ready within 5-10 minutes.
Start by warming up some water, then once it is boiling, let the water cool off for a few minutes.
Also, if using frozen berries, then briefly warm them up until soft and juicy, 30-60 seconds. Set them aside so they can cool off until ready to use.
Add the mint leaves, lime juice and raspberries (fresh or thawed frozen) to the bottom of your serving glass. Then, muddle the ingredients until the leaves are slightly broken down or gently bruised. Since this drink is done quickly and does not require slowly infusing the flavor, crushing the ingredients first helps release the flavor.
Once done, add the maple syrup and set aside.
Prepare the matcha shot
In a small bowl, use a small colander to sift the matcha powder and then pour the warm water over. Use a bamboo whisk to combine the matcha with the water. Keep whisking until the mixture turns a little foamy, about 30-60 seconds.
Assemble and serve
Add some ice cubes over the muddled ingredients in your serving glass, then pour some sparkling water over (leave a little room for your matcha shot).
Top it off with the matcha shot.
Use a tall spoon to stir the mocktail and taste to adjust sweetness to your preference. Decorate with lime wedges, a sprig of mint and more raspberries. Enjoy!
- Using a good quality matcha powder will make a difference in this drink. To help guide your choice, you should aim at choosing a ceremonial matcha when making a drink if possible. Ceremonial means that the green tea leaves were harvested earlier, giving it a brighter color, a great flavor that's smoother and sweeter and a finer texture.
- Whisking the matcha with water before adding it to your drink is essential to avoid clumps into your mocktail. A good way to whisk is by making diagonal lines in your bowl (like a W) instead of circular rotations, which is more efficient at breaking the lumps.
- You will want to use water at about 176F or 80C or do like me and bring water to a boil, then let it sit for a few minutes at room temperature before using.
- I like using a muddler to crush the ingredients to the bottom of the glass. If you don't have any, then you can also use a wooden spoon or "clap" the mint in your fingers before adding it to your glass.
Serving suggestions and variations
When serving, make sure to add plenty of ice cubes. This drink is best when chilled and frosty!
I like to create layers in this matcha mocktail for a beautiful eye-catching look, which you can easily do by adding ice cubes over the muddled ingredients before gently pouring the sparkling water and matcha shot. This helps keep the ingredients apart until stirring.
Add some more slices of lime, extra fresh mint and frozen raspberries for a nice touch.
You can serve it with a straw or not, although I enjoyed mine simply with a spoon to stir the drink once in a while.
This recipe also is very versatile and can be tweaked in a few ways. Here are some ideas you might like:
- Fruits: use different fruits instead of raspberries, such as blueberries, cherries, strawberries or blackberries. Berries pair well with matcha, so experiment by swapping them every time you make it!
- Creamy: I like to make a mocktail with coconut milk when I am looking for something rich and creamy.
- Kombucha: kombucha can be used instead of regular sparkling water to add healthy probiotics and a nice bite to your mocktail. If looking for a zero-alcohol drink, then you might want to pass on this one as some kombucha can have a low amount of alcohol from the natural fermentation.
- Frozen: add all the ingredients except for the sparkling water to a blender, including a generous handful of ice cubes and blend until frosty and thick. Then, scoop into your serving glass and top it off with sparkling water.
- Coconut mojito mocktail: you can swap the sparkling water for coconut water for a delicious tropical twist on the recipe.
Try these matcha recipes next!
- Mango matcha latte
- Strawberry matcha smoothie
- Matcha chai latte
- Blueberry matcha latte
- Butterfly pea flower latte
- Vanilla matcha latte
- Lavender matcha latte
More mocktail recipes to try
- Watermelon mojito mocktail
- Mango mocktail
- Sparkling blueberry mojito mocktail
- Cranberry orange mocktail
- Coconut water mocktail
- Apple cider vinegar mocktail
I hope you like this matcha mocktail recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Raspberry Matcha Mocktail
- 5-8 fresh mint leaves
- 10 frozen or fresh raspberries
- 1 lime - juiced, plus extra slices of lime for decorating
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup - or to taste
- tonic water or sparkling water - about 1 cup
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 3 tbsp warm water
- ice cubes - for serving
- If using frozen raspberries, then briefly warm them up to thaw them (I use the microwave, about 30-60 seconds).
- Add the mint leaves, lime juice and raspberries (fresh or thawed frozen) to the bottom of your serving glass. Muddle the ingredients using a muddler or a wooden spoon until bruised, then add sweetener. Set aside.
- To a small-medium bowl, sift the matcha powder and then, add the warm water. Use a bamboo matcha whisk to combine the matcha with water.
- Add plenty of ice cubes into your serving glass with the muddled ingredients and then pour the sparkling water over. Top it off with the matcha shot and adjust the sweetener to your taste. Decorate with more slices of lime and a sprig of fresh mint, enjoy!
- If you don't have raspberries, then feel free to use blueberries, strawberries or blackberries. Also, you can skip using fruit altogether and prepare a more classic matcha mojito mocktail recipe.
- High-quality ceremonial-grade matcha powder will give a better flavor to your mocktail, although a culinary works too if that's all you have. I used the matcha powder from the brand Matcha Organics.