Get the recipe for Botswana Butchery’s So Matcha Velvet

This drink from Reuben Beasley-Palmer is on Boothby's Top 50 Drinks of the Year in 2023.

This drink is one of the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2023 — you can see the full Top 50 here.

So Matcha Velvet cocktail


  • 35ml matcha liqueur (made in-house)*
  • 25ml Joseph Cartron White Cacao
  • 60ml 2/3 cream/full cream milk (40 cream, 20 full cream)
  • 4 drops roasted sesame oil

Hard shake all ingredients with ice.
Fine strain into a coupette glass.
Garnished with a pandan meringue shard.

For the matcha liqueur:

  • 20g matcha powder
  • 1 litre filtered water
  • 750g white sugar
  • 200ml Pure Polish Spirit

Weigh the matcha powder and slowly add hot water (80 degrees Celsius) whilst whisking constantly. Once it is frothy and the powder has mixed in add white sugar and continue whisking until fully mixed. Add Pure Polish Spirit at the end to fortify.


From bartender Reuben Beasley-Palmer:

“This is a drink I came up with whilst living in Niseko, Japan running a little ramshackle bar where we served deep south styled food, and it was a hit.

“We have quite a call for desserts here so put it on when we opened, and it’s been a belter since. Kanpai!”

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