I can’t believe there are only a few days left before Thanksgiving (for those who live in the States)! Are you ready for the celebration, gathering and fun? I know it’s quite chilling out there especially for those who live in areas that have already started snowing. If you are one of the 'lucky' few, you would probably consider serving a pot of hot apple ciders during your gatherings instead. However, I think it’s also important to offer a variety of drinks at a party. I mean, what is a celebration without a signature cocktail, right? With your heater at full blast, I’m sure some of your Guests would appreciate a refreshing cocktail while celebrating the holidays with you.
I got a bottle of yuzu juice from a Japanese supermarket recently. Originally, I purchased the yuzu juice to marinate some fish (I’ll post that recipe in the future). Yuzu is a citrus fruit and plant originated in East Asia. It is believed to be a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda. The fruit looks a bit like a very small grapefruit with an uneven skin, and can be either in yellow or green color depending on the level of ripeness. The citrus flavor from a yuzu is very distinctive. It’s a combination of tart, slightly sweet, and a hint of bitterness flavor. In my opinion, it’s perfect for this cocktail! If you can't find a Japanese or Asian market that carry the yuzu juice, you can also purchase it online here.
This Yuzu Gin & Tonic is super easy to prepare. Which means it is perfect for parties and gatherings! Here’s what I did. I used an 6-ounce glass, filled with about 1/4 cup of crushed ice. Add 10 splashes of yuzu juice (about 1/2 teaspoon), then add a shot of dry gin. Last but not least, fill the glass with tonic water. That’s it. It’s unbelievably refreshing and tasty. I’ve been enjoying this goodness ever since the first time I’ve mixed this cocktail up
Below is a close up picture of the yuzu bottle. Make sure to get the 100% yuzu juice but not yuzu marinate or anything that has a “filler”. If you look closer, you can see that I have almost finished the entire bottle already. Gosh, I better get a new bottle before it runs out. The yuzu juice is great in this cocktail and many marinate recipes.
I hope you’ll try this easy and refreshing cocktail this holiday season in your gatherings. Remember, know your limits and drink responsibly. The most important thing is to have a fun and safe holiday. I want to thank you all of you for reading and stopping by today. I wish you and your family a fun, festive, and blessed Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to count your blessings. I know I have a long list and many reasons to be grateful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving!
Yuzu Gin & Tonic Printable Recipe
Serves 4 (feel free to double or triple the recipe for gatherings)
1 cup of crushed ice
2 teaspoons of yuzu juice
4 shots of dry gin
2 cups tonic water
4 citrus peel (for garnish)
Equally divide the crushed ice into 4 (6 ounce) glasses. Add 10 splashes (about (1/2 teaspoon) of yuzu juice into each glass. Then add a shot of dry gin in each glass and fill the glasses up with tonic water. Top with a citrus peel for garnish. Enjoy!