If you're a fan of Irish Coffee but looking to mix it up with something completely new, this Irish Matcha is your dream come true! It's an indulgent alcoholic matcha drink with Irish whiskey and topped with softly whipped cream.
In this post, I'll show you how to make both an Irish Matcha and a Baileys Irish Matcha, which you can make with either Baileys or a homemade Matcha Irish Cream.
Why this Recipe Works
Matcha is a great substitute for coffee as it's a caffeinated green tea that can be sweetened, and that pairs well with the flavor of the whiskey. It's an easy swap to make an entirely new and fun drink.
Some of us would love a caffeinated tipple at the end of a meal or evening, but coffee just isn't our thing! Classic Irish coffee has brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, and sweetened with cream & sugar. This is the perfect twist on the classic.
You can make this with just 4-ingredients for the Baileys version, and 5 for the classic... where one is water!
A Baileys Irish Matcha replaces the typical cream, whiskey, and sugar sweetener with a homemade Matcha Irish Cream, like Baileys. The double hit of matcha in the homemade Irish Cream is delicious, and the Matcha Irish Cream levels up the velvety-smooth drink texture.
Ingredients & Substitutions
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Irish whiskey – I've found this to have the smoothest finish, and best for this recipe, because it's Irish.
Heavy cream – Heavy cream is important to get that lightly whipped texture. Do not substitute with other dairy or non-dairy items in this recipe.
Brown sugar – I prefer the taste of brown, but you could use any sweetener you prefer like white sugar, Turbinado sugar, or a vegan sweetener such as agave syrup also.
Matcha Irish Cream - This is made from coconut condensed milk, whiskey, cream, and matcha. You can substitute with Baileys.
How to make this recipe (both ways!)
First, make 1 cup of freshly brewed matcha, by whisking or frothing together 1 teaspoon of culinary-grade matcha powder and 1 tablespoon of hot water. Then, add up to 1 more cup of hot water (you're going to want your chosen cup to be about ¾ full) and whisk it all together.
Make this an Irish Matcha: Add up to 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (or another sweetener) and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then, stir in 1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) of Irish whiskey.
Make this a Baileys Irish Matcha: Add up to 3 ounces of homemade Matcha Irish Cream, or Baileys.
Gently top either version with softly-whipped cream. I take 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and whip it in a small jar with an electric frother. You don't want stiff peaks, just soft ones, so it can easily blend into the drink.
Baileys Irish cream is a branded alcoholic cream that comes in several flavors. The original Baileys is a vanilla flavor.
Irish coffee is made by combining coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar to sweeten, and whipped cream to top it off. It's a popular drink to have after a meal, or with dessert.
In order to be called Irish whiskey, the whiskey has to be distilled in the country of Ireland. It also is made using a combination of malted and un-malted barley, unlike other whiskey types.
Ready to bring more matcha recipes into your life! Heck yes you are! Try some of these already-spiked and spikable favorites.
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Irish Matcha & Baileys Irish Matcha
- 1 teaspoon Matcha powder culinary grade
- 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
- 3 tablespoon Irish whiskey
- 2 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- Make this an Irish Matcha: Add up to 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (or another sweetener) and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then, stir in 1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) of Irish whiskey.Make this an Irish Matcha: Add up to 3 ounces of homemade Matcha Irish Cream, or Baileys.
- Gently top either version with softly-whipped cream. I take 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and whip it in a small jar with an electric frother. You don't want stiff peaks, just soft ones, so it can easily blend into the drink.
- Serve hot or on ice!