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Yuzu Lemon Drop


I’m inviting you to embark on a tantalizing journey of refreshment and excitement. Prepare yourself for the ultimate citrusy concoction that will dazzle your taste buds: the Yuzu Lemon Drop cocktail. (Yeah, it’s that good.)

This delightful libation combines the tangy allure of yuzu syrup, the vibrant essence of citrus vodka, and the elegant touch of Cointreau. That’s right, this recipe is made up of 3 ingredients, making it an easy cocktail to mix up when you’re looking for something quick yet delicious!

Now, what’s the secret ingredient that makes this drink truly stand out from the crowd? It’s none other than the marvelous yuzu syrup! If you haven’t experienced the vibrant flavor of yuzu before, get ready for a citrus sensation.

As I mentioned, this is a cocktail mixture that is made up of only 3 ingredients, so let’s get into the recipe itself and how these elements blend together so well.

Sticking to the classic recipe of a Lemon Drop, the base of this Yuzu Lemon Drop cocktail is vodka, but you know I couldn’t settle for any regular vodka! I went with a citrus flavored vodka, since this is a recipe that celebrates its citrus notes. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I love taking advantage of flavored vodka. Poke around some of my other recipes and see for yourself.

It amplifies the flavor of a vodka-based cocktail, and citrus vodka has a smooth and clean taste that acts as the perfect canvas for the yuzu syrup and Cointreau to shine.

Speaking of citrus, let’s get into the main flavor component of this cocktail: yuzu. Yuzu syrup is derived from the aromatic Japanese citrus fruit. Its distinctively tart and fragrant notes work perfectly with the other ingredients, bringing a unique twist to the classic Lemon Drop cocktail. The yuzu syrup’s tangy essence provides a refreshing kick to the overall flavor profile. It’s safe to say these 3 ingredients blend with each other in such a flawless way that it seems too good and easy to be true!

For a finishing touch, I’ve got to share the delicious rim I made. Picture a glass rim coated with a delightful blend of granulated sugar and lemon zest….and you get a lemon sugar rim! With each sip, your lips encounter a burst of sweetness complemented by a tangy hint of lemon. This amazing touch adds a textural contrast to the cocktail, making it an absolute treat for both the eyes and palate.


Step 1: On a plate, combine lemon zest with granulated sugar. Rim your glass with the lemon sugar and set aside.


Step 2: In shaker combine all ingredients topped with ice. Shake until chilled.


Step 3: Strain mixture into prepared glass and garnish.


Remember, when life gives you lemons and yuzu, mix them up and enjoy a Yuzu Lemon Drop cocktail. That’s my approach, at least. This one is sure to leave you craving more. Cheers to discovering new flavors and raising a glass to the zest of life!

Yuzu Lemon Drop




  1. Step 1 – On a plate, combine lemon zest with granulated sugar. Rim your glass with the lemon sugar and set aside.
  2. Step 2 – In shaker combine all ingredients topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
  3. Step 3 – Strain mixture into prepared glass and garnish.

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