9 Yuzushu Cocktail Recipes: How to Make Them

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If you’re looking for a fun and fruity cocktail to enjoy this summer, look no further than the yuzushu cocktail!

This delicious drink is made with yuzushu, a sweet citrusy liqueur, and it’s perfect for parties or relaxing on the porch with friends.

Yuzushu cocktail recipes steps
Yuzushu cocktail recipes

There are many ways to enjoy yuzushu, so as long as you like sweet, citrusy flavored drinks, you’ll be sure to find a recipe that you love.

What is Yuzushu

Yuzushu is a type of Japanese liqueur made from distilled rice wine and flavored with yuzu citrus fruit.

Storing lemon and yuzu

Its tart and tangy flavors make it a refreshing choice for summertime sipping. Also, you can also use it in cocktails or as a cooking ingredient.

How is Yuzushu Made?

Yuzushu is made by adding yuzu peel and juice to shochu, a type of Japanese liquor made from fermented rice, sweet potato, or barley.

The mixture is then left to age for several weeks before being bottled.

What Does Yuzushu Taste Like?

Yuzushu has a tart, citrusy flavor with hints of ginger.

It smells faintly of rubbing alcohol, but don’t let that deter you! The flavor is quite pleasant and refreshing.

Yuzushu cocktail preparation
Yuzushu cocktail taste

The fruit that yuzushu is made from, yuzu, is often compared to lemons, oranges, and grapefruit, but none of those fruits taste quite like yuzu.

If you’ve never tasted it before, the best way to describe it would be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange.

It’s tart and acidic, but with a floral aroma and a slightly sweet taste.

How to Store Yuzushu

Yuzushu will stay good for two years if unopened and kept refrigerated.

Once opened, yuzushu should be consumed within six months.

To get the most out of your yuzushu, be sure to store it in a cool, dark place.

How to make a Yuzushu Cocktail

If you’re looking for a new cocktail to serve your guests when they come over, why not try a drink featuring yuzushu?

Making Yuzushu cocktail
How to make Yuzushu cocktail

Once you’ve tried a yuzushu cocktail, you’ll want to sample a few other ways to drink it before finding your absolute favorite, so here are nine yuzushu cocktail recipes you should try.

1. Yuzushu Chuhai

This cocktail should be your yuzushu staple. It is sweet and refreshing and sure to be a hit at your next party.


  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 1/4 cup Yuzushu
  • 1 tbsp simple syrup
  • ice cubes
  • lime (optional for garnishing)

Making this cocktail is incredibly simple. Simply measure all the liquids and add them to a glass, give them a mix, add the ice. Then garnish with a slice of lime.

2. On the Rocks

Yuzushu is delicious on its own, served over ice.

This drink couldn’t be any simpler to make – just pour yuzushu into a glass and add some ice cubes.

You can garnish it with a slice of lime or lemon if you like.

3. Yuzushu Highball

The yuzushu highball is a simple drink that is perfect for a hot summer day.

Yuzushu cocktail lime taste
Yuzushu cocktail lime

It is made with yuzushu, soda water, and ice.

The yuzushu gives the drink a tart and citrusy flavor, while the soda water makes it refreshing and thirst-quenching.


  • 1 ounce yuzushu
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Lime wedge for decoration


  1. Pour yuzushu into a highball glass filled with ice. 
  2. Top off with club soda and stir gently. 
  3. Decorate with a lime wedge.

4. Yuzushu Martini

If you’re looking for a drink that’s a little more sophisticated, try a yuzushu martini.

Vermouth with yuzushu cocktail taste
Vermouth Yuzushu cocktail


  • 2 ounces yuzushu
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • Lemon twist for decoration


  1. Combine yuzushu, gin, and vermouth in a shaker filled with ice. 
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. 
  3. Decorate with a lemon twist.

5. Yuzu Margarita 

Try this yuzu margarita recipe, you will love it.

yuzushu cocktail tequila taste
Yuzushu cocktail tequila


  • 2 ounces yuzushu
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec (you can use some other orange liqueur)
  • Lime wedge for decoration


  1. Combine yuzushu, tequila, lime juice, and triple sec in a shaker filled with ice. 
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled margarita glass rimmed with salt. 
  3. Decorate with a lime wedge

6. Frozen Yuzushu Cocktail

This frozen cocktail is perfect for hot summer days, or lounging by the pool.

Yuzushu cocktails pineapple
Frozen Yuzushu cocktails

It’s made with yuzushu, your choice of fruit juice (pineapple compliments the yuzu flavor well), and lime juice.


  • 1/4 cup yuzushu
  • 1/4 cup triple sec (again, or you can use some other orange liqueur)
  • 2 cups fruit juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Now combine all ingredients in a blender (blend it until the yuzushu cocktail gets smooth texture) 
  2. Finally, you can pour it into a tall glass with a straw and enjoy immediately.

7. Yuzushu Spritzer

This yuzushu spritzer is a great way to take a little bit of the tartness out of the drink.

white wine yuzushu taste
Yuzushu cocktail white wine


  • 1/4 cup yuzushu
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup club soda


  1. Pour yuzushu and wine into a glass filled with ice.  
  2. Top with club soda.

8. Yuzushu Sour

If you love sour drinks, this one might be your favorite.

Yuzushu with lemon taste
Yuzushu with lemon

It’s extremely tart and incredibly refreshing.


  • 2 oz yuzushu
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • lemon slice (optional for decoration)


  1. Combine yuzushu, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. 
  2. Shake well
  3. Strain into a ice cold glass. 
  4. Decorate with a lemon slice, if desired.

9. Yuzushu Float

A yuzushu float is a great drink for people who want to enjoy the taste of yuzushu without it being too tart.

Yuzushu ice cream recipe
Yuzushu ice cream

It’s made with yuzushu, vanilla ice cream, and club soda.


  • 1/4 cup yuzushu
  • 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup club soda


  1. Pour yuzushu into a glass. 
  2. Add ice cream and top with club soda. Serve immediately.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a new and exciting drink to add to your repertoire, why not try yuzushu cocktails?

These drinks are refreshing, delicious, and easy to make. You can enjoy them on their own or mix them up with some of your other favorite cocktails.

So what are you waiting for?

Get mixing!

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