Matcha Mocktails a Draw as Economy Reopens

As the economy starts to re-open during the COVID-19 pandemic, what can restaurants offer to attract customers interested in unique to-go options, or to re-ignite some of the joy of dining out? Recently, alcohol-free drinks called ‘mocktails,’ ‘virgin cocktails’ and ‘zero-proof aperitifs’ have grown in popularity. In the past, non-drinkers settled for soda or sugary sweet juice mixtures when dining out, but there was a growing movement in bars around the country to provide the “sober curious” with interesting, non-alcoholic beverage options like mojito mocktails, spirit-free sangria, and more!

Restaurant-goers opt out of drinking in increasing numbers for a variety of reasons including health issues and budgetary concerns, but they still want to socialize and enjoy the complex and tantalizing flavors often associated with alcoholic drinks.

Make Your Mojito Mocktail Recipe Complex

A black, outdoor chalkboard sign advertising mocktails.According to Drinks writer, Camper English, one characteristic that makes a zero-proof beverage exciting is “something bitter or spicy or weird that makes you sip rather than gulp.” At Ikeda Tea World, we’ve developed a perfect zero-proof matcha mojito mocktail that achieves this effect and will have your sober curious diners asking for it by name time and again.

Ikeda’s bulk culinary matcha powder and ceremonial grade matcha both contain immunity boosting antioxidants and a delicate flavor that expertly compliment this refreshing and delicious mojito mocktail recipe. When paired with the Quinine in tonic water and a black light, our Matcha Mojito Mocktail becomes an Instagram-worthy treat. Want to learn more? Check out our recipe below!

Matcha Mojito Mocktail

Vegan, Gluten-Free
Makes 1 Serving


  • 1 teaspoon of Ikeda’s bulk matcha green tea. We used organic grade 800 for this recipe.
  • 1 cup tonic water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 lime slices, extra for garnish
  • 3-4 mint leaves, extra for garnish
  • ice


  1. To begin this mojito mocktail, muddle the mint leaves and lime slices in the serving glass.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the matcha in hot water until the lumps have disappeared. Stir in the maple syrup until well blended.
  3. Add ice to the serving glass and then top with tonic water.
  4. Drizzle the matcha mixture on top.
  5. Garnish & serve!