Allied Domecq and Suntory have launched a green tea liqueur called Zen in the US, following test-marketing in New York, Hawaii and California. The product will begin rolling out nationwide next week.

At the outset, the focus for Zen will be fashionable metropolitan bars and restaurants, where it will be served as an ingredient in cocktails. When it moves into the off-trade it is expected to retail for around $29.99.

Suntory already markets a number of green tea liqueurs in Japan but Zen has been formulated specially for the American market. It is slightly sweetened and infused with herbs such as lemongrass. Sales of green tea are growing in the US, a trend Allied Domecq is looking to capitalise on.