Yuzu Tom Collins

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Yuzu Tom Collins is a refreshing and exotic twist on the classic drink. Using the fragrant Asian citrus fruit yuzu instead of lemon makes this Tom Collins unique and perfect for summer.

Welcome to another installment of Thirsty Thursday, a series on Sweet Tea and Thyme where cocktails are the focus every Thursday.

Yuzu Tom Collins is a refreshing and exotic twist on the classic drink. Using the fragrant Asian citrus fruit yuzu instead of lemon makes this Tom Collins unique and perfect for summer.

Baby, it's hot outside. Like a reverse of the Christmas song, but it's literally 104 degrees outside and we're in the middle of a pandemic so we really should stay. Being on my porch sipping drinks and talking smack with my girl friend Marta from Sense and Edibility is the only thing keeping me from cabin fever lately.

side view of yuzu tom collins drinks with slices of dehydrated oranges.

What is yuzu?

Yuzu is a very fragrant citrus fruit found in Japan, Korea, and China that's full of seeds and is extremely tart, much like a lemon! Though it looks more like an off-color and deformed tangerine, its juice and zest are used much like lemons and limes.

While the actual fruit is hard to find here in the U.S. as it is not imported, the juice can be found on Amazon, at Whole Foods, and I've even found it at my local Asian markets.

What's a Tom Collins?

A Tom Collins is an American drink from the 1850's, though the origins of it are lost thanks to Alcohol Prohibition in the U.S. Gotta love U.S. history.

I like to call them 'bubbly lemonades' because it's a simple cocktail made with lemon juice, gin, seltzer, and simple syrup, like a gin sweet and sour with bubbles. Which is perfect for this time of the year.

Tom Collins was served in the barrooms of New York City since 1878, with the first known published recipe being in the 1882 New and Improved Bartender’s Manual or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style by Harry Johnson.

close overhead shot of tom collins drinks garnished with citrus slices

How to make a yuzu tom collins...

you will need:

side view of two yuzu tom collins drinks on a wood platter garnished with dried orange slices

Shake everything together and pour into a collins glass over ice. Super easy!

Enjoy it immediately, especially on a hot day!

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📖 Recipe

Yuzu Tom Collins

Eden Westbrook
Yuzu Tom Collins is a refreshing and exotic twist on the classic drink. Using the fragrant Asian citrus fruit yuzu instead of lemon makes this Tom Collins unique and perfect for summer.
4.52 from 31 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 drinks
Calories 277 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces gin
  • 3 tablespoon yuzu juice
  • 4 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 8 ounces club soda or seltzer water
  • Ice

Instructions
 

  • Add the gin, yuzu juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with a few ice cubes, about 3 to 5. Shake well until chilled.
  • Strain the mixture evenly into two ice-filled tom collins glass, and top off the glass with club soda.

Notes

You can find yuzu juice on Amazon, as it's not a fruit that's exported to many countries outside of Asia.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 22gSodium: 17mgSugar: 21g
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