Matcha Colada

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Matcha Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

Not only am I sharing another healthy recipe (well, as healthy as cocktails get), but it’s also GREEN! Just in time for St. Patty’s Day next week! I’m so excited to share this Matcha Colada cocktail with you because it is just so tasty and refreshing and definitely won’t weigh you down like a Guinness milkshake or an Irish Car Bomb. You feelin’ me here? I’m all about creating fun holiday recipes with a healthy twist. That way we get to celebrate without completely regretting it the next day (everything in moderation folks! Keyword = BALANCE.)

Speaking of St. Patty’s Day, what are everyone’s plans? Mine honestly aren’t too exciting. You see, my birthday just happens to fall two days prior (Ides of March baby!) so I really prefer to do all of the partying then and skip the holiday crowds/super drunk people swarming around downtown. I have a little networking mixer for work and may check out my hairdresser’s band play in the early evening, but then I’m quite looking forward to a quiet night at home! And maybe some Matcha Coladas?

Matcha Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

So, if you have even glanced at Instagram or scrolled through any sort of lifestyle/food social media accounts in the past few months, you must know that matcha lattes are the new super-hip and trendy “of the moment” coffee shop drink. Full confession: I ordered one this weekend when my sister and I were on our way to pick up my wedding dress. It was so perfect for the rainy weather and 30-minute drive to the bridal salon. Mmmm mmm.

It got me thinking, we obviously all dig matcha mixed with some sort of milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, cashew milk, COCONUT milk, you name it!) so why not take a classic milk-based cocktail and give it a little matcha spin? My personal favorite milk-based cocktail is a White Russian, but I felt like a matcha-based milk cocktail needed more of a tropical twist.

Matcha Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

Instead of regular milk or cream, I went for good ol’ coconut milk (duh…coco is a go-go for all things tropical.) And instead of vodka, I decided to throw in some white rum (my little Mai Tai-loving influence there.) Of course we need some matcha powder (which you can find here) and then, to give this Matcha Colada just a little extra “oomph,” we throw in some Grand Marnier. How’s this all sounding so far? If you ask me, it’s super easy and incredibly delicious, so you should definitely go about mixing yourself up some of these next week (and maybe this weekend for practice? Practice makes perfect!)

Match Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

And if you’re still looking for some actual food stuffs to round out your St. Patty’s Day celebration, I’ve rounded up some of my other “green holiday-friendly” recipes too!

Easy Peasy [Insert Favorite Protein Here] Lettuce Wraps

Baked Whiskey-Soaked Apple Fritters with Maple Whiskey Glaze

Crab Zucchini Stuffing Cakes with Lemon-Basil Aioli

Winter Kale Salad

Now let’s celebrate because it’s Friday, and boy do I need it. What are everyone’s plans for the weekend? Full of lots of fun, laughter and relaxing I hope! XO

Matcha Colada
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
A healthy, refreshing coconut milk-based matcha cocktail perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Keyword: cocktails, drinks, matcha, rum
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 1 ½ ounces white rum
  • 4 ounces vanilla coconut beverage I found mine at Trader Joe’s
  • ½ teaspoon matcha powder
  • ¾ ounce Grand Marnier
  1. In a cocktail shaker or large glass, vigorously stir together rum, coconut beverage and matcha powder. If you have one of those fancy matcha whisks, use that! (I don’t so had to use a fork.) Pour in Grand Marnier and stir again.
  2. Fill a rocks glass about halfway to three-quarters full of ice. Holding a small sieve over the glass, pour in the matcha mixture. This will help catch any large chunks of the matcha powder that did not get blended in. Enjoy immediately for best flavor!


Match Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

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