Andrea Urbinati

How to Brew the Perfect Tokyo Tea: A Bartender’s Secret

Di Andrea Urbinati

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Today, I’m thrilled to share my Tokyo Tea recipe story with you!

I’m in the heart of Tokyo, chaos around me. The vibrant streets, the mouthwatering smells from local eateries, the hum of conversation — it’s all part of the intoxicating energy that is Tokyo. Now, I didn’t just venture here for the ramen or the amazing sushi (though, trust me, they’re worth the trip!).

No, I was on a quest — a quest for the perfect Tokyo Tea.

You might be thinking, “Wait, isn’t Tokyo Tea just another name for the Long Island Iced Tea?” Well, my friend, that’s where our journey gets interesting. While it does share some similarities, Tokyo Iced Tea is its own delightful beast, with its unique blend of spirits, mixer, and that all-important hint of green that sets it apart.

And let me tell you, it wasn’t easy finding the perfect recipe.

It wasn’t until one night, in a dimly lit bar tucked away in a quiet alley, that I met him – a seasoned bartender with eyes that held a thousand tales and a Tokyo Tea recipe that would knock your socks off.

He showed me that the secret to brewing the perfect drink goes beyond the ingredients and the mixing techniques. It’s about understanding the soul of the drink, the culture it sprang from, and the people who savor it.

So buckle up, fellow flavor explorers! It’s time to dive into the world of Tokyo Tea and unearth the secrets that lie within its green depths. 

Let’s get brewing!

But before venturing into the making of this cocktail why don’t you check out my last article about the best things to do in Tokyo?


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Understanding Tokyo Tea

Alright, before we dive into this Tokyo Tea cocktail recipe, let’s get to know our star a little better, shall we? I mean, it’s not every day that you come across a drink that can combine the punch of an iced tea cocktail with the elegance of a geisha’s kimono, right?

Tokyo Tea, my friends, is more than just a delightful drink to quench your thirst. It’s a concoction with a story, a spirit, and a whole lot of pizzazz. 

You see, Tokyo Tea emerged from the vibrant nightlife of Japan’s capital, taking its roots from the iconic Long Island Iced Tea but with a Japanese twist.

The magic ingredient? 


This bright-green melon liqueur from Japan gives the Tokyo Tea its distinctive color and flavor that sets it apart from your average iced tea cocktail. It’s like the neon lights of Tokyo found their way into your glass. Pretty cool, huh?

But don’t mistake this for just another colorful cocktail. This drink is deeply embedded in Japan’s contemporary drinking culture.

It’s a testament to Japan’s ability to take something from the West, add their unique touch, and create something entirely new yet completely familiar.

The way the Midori mingles with the other spirits, the way the tea dances on your tongue — it’s a performance in every glass, a true celebration of Tokyo’s lively spirit.

Can’t wait to mix up your own Tokyo Tea, right? Hang tight; we’re getting to that!

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The Bartender’s Secret: Ingredients

For this magical concoction, the first secret ingredient is vodka. “Wait, vodka in a tea?” I hear you say. Stick with me, trust me, it works. Next up, we have rum. Yes, you heard that right. 

The third key player is tequila. Remember, we’re making Tokyo Iced Tea here, a drink known for its surprising mix of spirits. Still with me? Good!

Now, we need gin and Triple sec to finish off our liquors. 

We’re five spirits in, and you might be thinking that this is starting to sound a lot like a Long Island Iced Tea. And you’d be correct, but here comes the twist.

The last two ingredients are what give Tokyo Tea its identity – Midori and soda. The Midori’s are there for that wonderful, vibrant green hue and subtly sweet melon flavor, while the soda is the cherry on top that ties all these flavors together.

Getting all these ingredients might sound like a bit of a treasure hunt, but don’t worry too much. 

Most of them are standard fare in any liquor store. For the Midori, you might want to check out an international liquor store or, even better, a Japanese supermarket if you have one nearby. 

So, there you have it! Your shopping list for a homemade Tokyo Iced Tea. Next, we’ll explore the proper tools and techniques to bring all these ingredients together. Keep reading, my budding bartender. 

We’re just getting started!

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tokyo tea, in the street


The Bartender’s Secret: Tools

So, we’ve gathered our unique blend of ingredients, and you’re probably eager to mix up your first batch of Tokyo Tea. But hold your horses, my friend! 

Remember, we’re not just making a classic Long Island Iced Tea; we’re crafting an authentic Tokyo Tea experience, and the tools we use are just as essential as the spirits we’ve collected.

With the right tools in your arsenal, your journey from being an enthusiastic amateur to a cocktail-making master will be smooth sailing.

First things first, we’ll need a highball glass or a Collins glass. 

This tall, slender glass is the traditional choice for Tokyo Tea. It’s not just for aesthetics; it also provides the perfect ratio of liquor to mixer. Trust me, the glass matters!

Next up, a cocktail shaker. It’s like the magic wand for us bartenders – it’s where the actual ‘mixing’ happens. And let’s not forget the jigger, your trusty sidekick, to ensure you get the measurements just right.

Now, let’s talk garnish. A slice of lemon hanging on the rim of your glass or a cherry bobbing up and down in your drink is not just a pretty sight. 

It adds that extra bit of flair, enhancing the visual appeal and aroma of your drink. And in the world of cocktails, presentation is half the battle.

Most of these tools are standard fare in a well-stocked kitchen or can easily be found in a homeware store.

For the garnishes, your local grocery store should have you covered. A quick tip: when choosing your lemon, look for one that’s firm with a bright, smooth skin.

Now, with the ingredients and tools at your fingertips, we’re just one step away from crafting that perfect Tokyo Tea. 

Ready to roll up your sleeves and get shaking? Let’s dive into the technique next!


tokyo tea, at night, colorfull


The Bartender’s Secret: Technique

Making a Tokyo Iced Tea is like an exciting journey.

Here’s a detailed, step-by-step guide on how you can brew your very own Tokyo Tea!

  1. Ice Up Your Shaker
  • Start by filling your cocktail shaker with ice. It’s crucial to get it nice and cold for the perfect chill factor.
  1. Measure and Pour Your Spirits

Now comes the fun part. Add the following into the shaker, making sure to measure each ingredient:

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce rum
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce Triple sec
  • 1 ounce Midori. This melon liqueur is our star ingredient that lends Tokyo Tea its distinctive green charm.
  1. Add Balance to the Force

To balance the strong flavors of our spirits, add in:

  • 1 ounce of lime juice
  • 1 ounce of syrup.

This duo provides the ideal tartness and sweetness that complements the boozy backbone of our Tokyo Tea.

  1. Shake It Like You Mean It
  • Here’s where your arm muscles come in. With a firm grip on your shaker, give it a solid shake for about 15 seconds. This blends all your ingredients together and helps to chill and dilute your cocktail for a smoother taste.
  1. Strain and Top Up
  • Strain the cocktail into your highball glass filled with ice, and top it off with a splash of soda. This gives your Tokyo Tea a light, fizzy lift.
  1. Garnish and Serve
  • And finally, don’t forget to garnish. A slice of lemon on the rim or a cherry dropped in gives your drink that Instagram-worthy finish. Your Tokyo Iced Tea cocktail is now ready to serve!

And that’s it!

A six-step journey to creating an exquisite Tokyo Tea right in your own home. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try, and let the taste transport you straight to the heart of Tokyo! Happy shaking!

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blogger, andrea urbinati, marketing, copywriting, seo

Hi! I’m Andrea, a passionate freelance writer with a knack for captivating storytelling.

With a decade of marketing expertise and a genuine love for crafting compelling content, I bring your ideas to life!

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