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14 Hours Ahead

14 Hours Ahead cocktail / Tim Nusog

Most cocktails that include tea as an ingredient generally incorporate it via steeping, generally in a spirit. This Japan-inspired sip from bartender and distiller Allen Katz, however, sees matcha powder added directly into the drink along with the other ingredients. 

The tea’s bitter flavor is brightened by both lemon and lime juices and smoothed with honey syrup and heavy cream, adding a luscious touch of richness and texture. 

It might not cure the transpacific jet lag invoked by the cocktail’s name (Tokyo being 14 time zones ahead of the East Coast), but the hefty dose of caffeine in the matcha will surely perk you up sufficiently for another round of drinks.


  • 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin

  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup

  • 1/2 ounce heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon matcha (powdered green tea)


  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled. (You may wish to dry-shake—without ice—first, then add ice and shake again to chill.)

  2. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice.

  3. Serve with a straw.