When looking for winter citrus that’ll lend a little extra zing to cocktails, bartenders are increasingly reaching for yuzu. The bumpy fruit can be found in farmers markets or even ordered online. And it’s worth seeking out for its distinctive flavor—a mix of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and mandarin orange—and its unique aroma. Here are some creative ways to mix the fruit into yuzu cocktails.
Benjawan This cocktail brings the heat, not only with the warmth of chile liqueur but also with a flaming garnish.
Garden Party Fresh juice brings extra depth to this aquavit cocktail from Cafe Birdie in Los Angeles.
Highland Picnic Yuzu brightens the flavors of mezcal and tequila.
Ramble Yuzu highlights gin’s botanicals and cinnamon’s earthy spice.
Sake Mojito Yuzu refreshes this classic cocktail.
Un Americano Tequila meets Salers, blanc vermouth, and lime and yuzu soda.
Yuzu Sour This whiskey sour riff marries yuzu with Japanese whisky, complemented by the spice of a star anise syrup and garnish.