“Matcha Matcha Man” puts hair on the chest of a whiskey sour

Ginger and sesame flavors mix with this matcha powder and whiskey cocktail at Spice Kitchen & Bar in this episode of "Drink This"

If you’ve had a hard workout at the YMCA, belly up to the bar and order up a Matcha Matcha Man. A thoroughly-shaken twist on the whiskey sour, with flavors of matcha tea and seasame oil layered on notes of ginger. A smooth frothy top completes the delicious cocktail.

Spice Kitchen & Bar (5800 Detroit Ave) is a farm-to-table eating destination that features a rotating seasonal menu that takes its ingredients and inspiration from their on-site hoop house or farm in Cuyahoga National Valley Park. The approach of “Whatever is growing” to building the day’s selections engages the staff’s creativity in the kitchen, but also behind the bar.

Tony Smith, bartender for Spice also needs to take what’s on hand, and transform it into unique cocktails and beverage offerings. This leads to straightforward approaches like juicing and garnishes, and more time-intensive methods, like picking, dehydrating, and marinating. In this and other upcoming “Drink This” videos that focus on Spice, Smith shows off the tricks of the trade they’ve learned that keeps people coming back to see what they’ve concocted next.

You can see Tony mix up a “Persian & Tonic” in last week’s video here.