Master of Cocktails Fair Yuzu Has a Posse

Right then ladies and gents. Time for another #MasterofCocktails – this week we’re making a cognac-sour/sidecar sort of affair. We’re making it with Yuzu Juice. If you’ve not had it before it’s sort of lemon/limey, but much more aromatic and potent. You can get it online using the power of googles.

There’s a tiny bit of prep to do a couple hours before we make this one – we need to sugar-rim our glasses…

Do this by running a dash of curacao round them:

Master of Cocktails Sugar Rim

Then dunking into a plateful of golden caster sugar:

Master of Cocktails Sugar Rim

This is what we’re aiming for. Now give it a couple of hours to set up rock-solid.

Master of Cocktails Sugar Rim

And so, on to the cocktail

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You’ll be needing these…

List of Ingredients

So – to start, take the glasses that you prepared earlier, and bang them in the freezer to chill.

Master of Cocktails Glasses

Now remove your lemongrass from the Cognac we set infusing last week…

Master of Cocktails Cognac Lemongrass

Measure out 40ml, and add to a Boston shaker with a handful of ice.

Master of Cocktails Cognac

Next, 20ml of the wonderful Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao.

Master of Cocktails Pierre Ferrand Curacao

Followed by 10ml of your Yuzu Juice.

Master of Cocktails Yuzu Juice

Now I’m not 100% on this, but my feeling is that there’s quite a lot of oil in this, given the relative opacity and bitterness. This follows, as Yuzus are quite ‘juice-poor’, so I can believe there’s quite a lot of collateral skin oil. This is definitely a good thing – it adds to the aromatic nature of the drink, but we do want to balance it.

For that reason, I’m going to add literally a couple of flakes of Maldon Sea Salt. You won’t even be able to perceive the salt in this drink, but it has an amazing balancing effect.

Master of Cocktails Salt

Final ingredient is 5ml Akashi-Tai Shiraume Umeshu (Plum-infused Sake Liqueur):

Master of Cocktails Umeshu

Now shake for 20-30 seconds…

Master of Cocktails Shake

Prepare a lemon-zest garnish:

Master of Cocktails Lemon Zest Garnish

Double-strain into your coupette…

Master of Cocktails Strain

Attach the garnish to the drink using the power of mini-hipster-clothes-pegs.

Master of Cocktails Min Hipster Clothes Pegs Garnish

And serve. Think we’ll call this; Fair yuzu has a posse.

Master of Cocktails Fair Yuzu Has A Posse




Here’s the ingredients for next week’s #MasterofCocktails, and if they look like anything other than ‘THE drink of this summer’ to you, you’re wrong. You can use whatever cacao nibs you want, just as long as they’re raw (unroasted).

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Next week, you’ll be needing these…
Rumbullion! XO 15 Years Old spiced rum, Cacao Nibs and Coconut Water.