Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing break over the festive period, and rang in 2022 the way you wanted, whether your celebrations were grandiose, or more subdued.
Did you know winter is the season for yuzu in Japan?
Yuzu is a delicious citrus fruit, famously grown in Japan and widely used in Japanese cuisine. If you’re able to source fresh yuzu, either online or at your local Asian supermarket, I highly recommend dehydrating them to use as garnishes for your gin and tonic or Negroni, or even soft drinks if you're opting for Dry January this year.
Yuzu has a very distinct flavour somewhere between clementine, grapefruit and lemon, which works wonderfully with both Hidden Curiosities and Aranami Strength gins.
If, like most of us, you don’t have a dehydrating machine, simply slice the yuzu and pop them in the oven at a low temperature (around 50-60C) for a few hours. This will do the job nicely, plus your house will smell absolutely divine. They’ll keep for a while too!
I know that unfortunately yuzu is a bit of an elusive fruit over here, quite unlike the abundance in Japan. Let me know if you manage to source them!
Failing this, you can always opt for candied yuzu peel, yuzu juice, yuzu saké, or even yuzu tonic.
- Jenny, Creator
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