The Asian yuzu fruit is hard to come by in Europe. It looks very similar to a lemon on the outside. The kernels inside are centered and larger than the lemons we use. The most interesting thing about the fruit is its intense taste. It is like a mixture of tangerine, lime, lemon and grapefruit. The juice tastes sweet, sour and bitter at the same time. A perfect companion for your gin and tonic. A dash of mango balsamic vinegar and the rich, soft roasting aromas of Arabica coffee beans make this drink the star of your next gin and tonic tasting.
Yuzu fruits are not easy to find in the western parts of the world. However, you can simply buy juice or puree online. You can freeze the leftovers in portions. So you always have a Yuzu GT when the new neighbor comes over.
You can also easily make mango balsamic vinegar yourself. Put the peel of a mango and a high-quality, white balsamic vinegar in a jar and let it airtight for at least 3 days.
For a more intense coffee taste, you can also add whole Arabica beans to the glass.
Gin and tonic with yuzu juice and arabica beans
- Ice cubes
- 1 long drink glass
- Jigger (measuring cup)
- 60 ml London Dry Gin
- 200 ml dry tonic water
- 2 teaspoons of yuzu puree
- 3 Arabica espresso beans
- 1/2 BL mango balsamic vinegar
- 1 lemon/yuzu zest
- Put the yuzu juice or yuzu puree in the glass with the mango balsamic vinegar.
- Cut the zest into strips.
- Fill the glass with ice cubes to the brim and pour in gin and tonic water. Stir twice with a spoon.
- Place the zest in the side of the drink and grate 1 roasted coffee bean over the drink with a fine grater.
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We have tried a lot of gin and tonic variations. Some of our favorites are:
Recommended Gins for G&T with Yuzu and Arabica
Tanqueray London Dry Gin
Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin
The citrus aromas of the gin combine wonderfully with the Yuzu juice, to make this G and T a citrus flavored bomb.
>> Sipsmith’s London Dry Gin Review
Beefeater London Dry Gin
Another classic London dry gin that is very good for making cocktails, especially gin and tonic.
>> Beefeater London Dry Gin Review
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