Yuzu and Tonic

  • Serves

    makes 1 Cocktail


In Sweden, home cooks make aquavit by infusing a clear spirit distilled from grain or potatoes with an infinite variety of spices, herbs, and other flavorful botanicals. Yuzu, a citrus fruit that hails from Japan, adds a tart, almost floral flavor when used as a flavoring agent; Restaurant Aquavit in Manhattan pairs it with tonic water for a simple, fragrant cocktail.


For the Yuzu Aquavit

  • 4 peels of fresh yuzu
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle vodka

For the Cocktail

  • 2 oz. yuzu aquavit
  • Tonic water, to top
  • Lemon twist, for garnish


Step 1

Make the aquavit: Combine yuzu peels with vodka and steep for 4 weeks; strain.

Step 2

Make the cocktail: Add aquavit to a highball glass filled with ice; top with tonic and garnish with lemon twist.

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