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Today I prepare a Gin and Tonics with Yuzu cocktail, a variant of classic gin and tonic. We created this Yuzu cocktail, using tonic water flavored with this Japanese citrus, which is also spreading in Europe. The variations of this cocktail are many, its neutral taste is perfect for experimenting with new flavors.
Gin and Tonics is one of the most famous and “ancient” cocktails. Its creation is said to date back to the 1700s as a medicine against malaria for British soldiers. To soften the presence of quinine, they stretched it with water and ice. With time, of course, the recipe has been perfected and today it’s among the most popular and loved cocktails. The doses can vary according to tastes and at the time some use 1:1 where we will have equal quantity of Gin and Tonica or 1/3 of Gin and 2/3 of Tonica. The Yuzu Gin Tonic Recipe of today is prepared with a proportion 1/3 – 2/3, and is suitable to be consumed before and after dinner.
What is the Yuzu Citrus
Yuzu is known as Japanese mandarin. It’s actually a citrus fruit of Chinese and Tibetan origin, that was introduced to Japan and Korea during the Chinese Tang dynasty. It’s a hybrid between a mandarin and papeda, another type of citrus, also a hybrid. It’s particularly acidic, perfect for balancing fatty foods, it’s also used in sauces such as ponzu, the juice is also used for tea and herbal teas. Being particularly fragrant, the grated rind is used both fresh and dried not only in salted foods but also in sweet ones. And of course there are so many yuzu drink recipes.
Its juice is highly appreciated in the preparation of cocktails. You can find the whole fruit, the grated dried peel, or the juice in the bottle. It is not an unobtainable ingredient but it is quite expensive in all its forms. I found this avored tonic water and I wanted to try making this Gin and Tonics with Yuzu, here’s how to prepare it!
Gin and Tonics with Yuzu
- Tall Tumbler Glass
- 40 cl Gin
- 100 cl Yuzu Tonic Water
- 1 slice Lemon
- to taste Ice
- 1 net Cucumber
- Slice the cucumber with a potato peeler, cut each slice in two.
- Place 4 slices horizontally leaving some space between them. Fold back one slice and one slice and thread a strip of cucumber vertically and fold the horizontal slices.
- Raise the slices you previously left lying flat and put another slice vertically by lowering the horizontal slices. Continue until you get a complete network. We then cut it diagonally but it is also fine whole, or you can get a circle using a pasta bowl, or the shape you like best.
- Make a slice of lemon. Put the net in the glass, then the ice, pour 4 cl of gin and complete with the Yuzu tonic, the slice of lemon and the stirrer.