The Simple Syrup Upgrade: Yuzuri Yuzu Liqueur
Yuzuri is a citrus liqueur made from the yuzu fruit. It’s produced by the same company that created Kikori, a Japanese rice whiskey. In fact, it’s made by taking the same base rice spirit and steeping the yuzu fruit—juice, flesh, peels and all—for a month.
The resulting liqueur sounds on paper similar to limoncello or Curacao, but is less sweet and more pleasantly tart. While the yuzu fruit’s dominant similarities are with lemon and mandarin oranges, you’ll find traces of pretty much any citrus flavor. So what do you do with it? Well, Yuzuri has a lot of cocktail applications with its sibling Kikori, but in all honesty that almost seems like a waste of a complex ingredient. It’s a great way to add flavor and sweetness simultaneously, so consider a bar spoon of it in place of your simple syrup in an old fashioned.
And then there’s the citrus angle to consider. We like it as a stand-in for Curacao in a fresher, brighter margarita, or with a gin or whiskey in a refreshing highball. An open-minded home bartender will find it equally forgiving and rewarding in experiments. Oh, and it’s nice straight from the bottle, too. [$45; yuzuriliqueur.com]
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