Yuzu is the perfect citrus. Its flavor strikes the ideal balance between lemon and lime, and it’s especially apt for winter drinking when the Japanese citrus is in season. When the temperature drops, Kenta Goto, owner of New York’s Bar Goto, mixes his favorite yuzu marmalade into a large batch of lemon-ginger tea and adds a measure of Laird’s Apple Brandy for a full spectrum of warm fruit flavor. Fresh lemon juice and honey syrup brighten and round out the drink. Goto even serves the finished Toddy with a plate of extra yuzu marmalade on the side, which drinkers can use to amp up the sweet-tart wintery vibes.
Yuzu Hot Toddy
Lemon Ginger Tea
1.5 oz Laird's Apple Brandy
1.5 oz Lemon Ginger Tea
.5 oz Lemon Juice
3.5 tsp honey syrup
1 tsp Yuzu marmalade, plus more for serving
- Combine ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Heat while stirring. Do not let the mixture boil.
- Pour into a tea cup.
- Serve with a side plate of addition yuzu marmalade.