What does Japan taste like? Find out with the Yuzu Julep cocktail

Yuzu is a bitter, sour and citrus fruit with a remarkable fragrance. Its size is a little smaller than a billiard ball, and is used as an acidifying ingredient through its juice. It is known mainly in the traditional Asian cuisine, where it is highly valued.


Yuzu has such a pleasant smell that some Japanese add it in the design of perfumes, and they even have a winter solstice ritual, “Toji”, consisting of bathing with the fruit.

The Yuzu Julep cocktail is, among other things, a delicious cocktail with citrus aroma and flavour, combining the delicate flavours of mint, yuzu juice and other ingredients such as sugar syrup and rum, so present in other drinks.


  • 6 cl Yamazaki 12 years
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar syrup
  • 1.5 cl yuzu juice

Yuzu cocktail preparation:

  1. Put the mint with sugar syrup in the mixing glass.
  2. Put crushed ice, whiskey and yuzu juice in a short glass.
  3. Pour the ingredients from the mixing glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.

A variation of Yuzu cocktail


  • 6 cl light rum
  • 2.2 cl Vanilla vodka
  • 12.7 cl Triple Sec
  • 2.9 cl simple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups yuzu juice
  • Soda


  1. Place the yuzu juice, triple sec, simple syrup and vodka in a shaker.
  2. Add crushed ice to the shaker and shake for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the result into a glass, complete with soda and serve.

Do you dare to try one of the best Japanese cocktails? Surely you will love it!

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