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The Idle Grinch Cocktail by The Idle Rocks

Cocktail of the Week: The Idle Grinch harnesses the distinctive taste of matcha for a unique festive cocktail.

By Kim Ayling

Sitting on the Cornish seafront in the quaint village of St. Mawes, The Idle Rocks makes the ideal destination for an alternative winter staycation. For those of you who can’t visit in person this holiday season, the hotel has revealed the recipe for its unique festive cocktail that combines the distinctive flavors of matcha and ginger: The Idle Grinch.

Made up of finely ground green tea leaves, matcha powder is associated with a host of health benefits including liver protection and heart damage prevention, as well as reportedly boosting brain function.

Having been used in East Asia for thousands of years, matcha powder has recently made its way on to the radar of Western health gurus. Now, the magic ingredient is featured on food and drink menus across the world.

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The Idle Rocks’ seafront terrace ©The Idle Rocks

The Idle Rocks is known as a fine dining destination on the English south coast, with the hotel’s bar renowned for serving up delicious tipples with a view over the sheltered harbor of St. Mawes. On the inspiration behind The Idle Grinch, the hotel’s head bartender said: “We wanted to follow the concept of our executive chef Dorian Janmaat with a focus on creating an Asian twist to recipes; matcha is a perfect choice, especially in a world that is moving more and more towards green, vegan and healthy lifestyles.” And of course, the striking green color makes the perfect homage to the most famous holiday anti-hero – The Grinch.

Although creating your own infused Bacardi is a little time consuming, the extra effort required to whip up this festive matcha cocktail is definitely worth the delicious end result.


  • – 5cl Bacardi white infused with matcha tea powder
  • – 0.5cl Citric acid
  • – 2cl Sugar syrup
  • – Ginger ale


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To infuse the Bacardi: Add four tablespoons of matcha tea powder to the bottle & leave to infuse overnight.

Pour the matcha-infused Bacardi, citric acid, and sugar syrup into the shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds before pouring into your favorite glass and topping up with ginger ale. Finish with a sprinkling of matcha powder.

See more Cocktail of the Week recipes here.

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