Yucca Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Yucca cocktail is a popular party drink known for its potent mix of vodka and fresh citrus. It's a favorite for outdoor gatherings, BBQs, and beach parties. The cocktail is named after the Yucca plant, which is known for its resilience and ability to thrive in harsh conditions, much like this cocktail that's perfect for any occasion.

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Popularity: Popular at parties
  • Drinkers: Those who enjoy strong, citrusy cocktails

How Yucca Tastes?

The Yucca cocktail is a refreshing, citrusy, and potent drink. It has a strong vodka base, balanced by the tartness of fresh lemons and limes, and sweetened with a touch of sugar. The taste is bold, tangy, and slightly sweet.

Interesting facts about Yucca

  • The Yucca cocktail is also known as the 'Yucca Flats'.
  • Despite its name, the Yucca cocktail doesn't contain any parts of the Yucca plant.
  • The Yucca cocktail is often served in a large jar or pitcher, making it a great drink for sharing.


  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lemons: 2
  • Limes: 2
  • Sugar: 1 tsp
  • Ice: 1 cup

A few good options for Yucca are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Vodka is a neutral spirit, making it the perfect base for our citrus-soaked Yucca. It's like the friend who gets along with everyone! If you skimp on the 2 oz, you might as well be sipping on lemonade. Too much, and you'll forget the rest of the ingredients are there. If vodka isn't your thing, try a light rum for a tropical twist that will have you hearing steel drums.

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These sunny little fellows add the zesty zing we know and love. Without them, the cocktail would be like a beach without sand. Lemons brighten up the party and make sure the sweetness is always accompanied by a fresh sharpness. No lemons? A cheeky swap with grapefruit could make for a bold and sassy alternative.

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Nowadays, lemons would be nothing without their best pals, limes. They bring that tart kick that makes everything taste fresher. Forget the limes, and say goodbye to the complexity they add—like a jigsaw puzzle with the corner piece missing. If you're out of limes, try some yuzu juice if you're feeling adventurous—it's like limes who went to finishing school.

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The sweet to our sour! This teaspoon of sugar doesn't just help the medicine go down; it balances the acidity and highlights the citrus flavors. Omitting it might leave your taste buds in a sour mood. If plain sugar sounds too vanilla for you, throw in some agave nectar and watch magic happen.

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Ice, ice baby! It chills, it dilutes, it blends our creation into a smooth, sippable sensation. No ice means a room-temperature rollercoaster that nobody wants to ride. If regular ice is too mainstream for your taste, freeze some coconut water and prepare for an icy tango with a tropical lead.

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Recipe. How to make Yucca Drink

  1. Cut the lemons and limes into quarters.
  2. In a large jar, combine the vodka, lemons, limes, and sugar.
  3. Muddle the mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the citrus fruits have released their juice.
  4. Fill the jar with ice and shake well.
  5. Strain the mixture into glasses and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh citrus fruits for the best flavor.
  • Muddle the fruits well to release all the juice and oils.
  • Chill the glasses before serving for an extra refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp: The cocktail's citrus notes can complement seafood, enhancing the flavor without overpowering it.
  • Oysters: Their briny taste pairs perfectly with the sharpness of the lemons and limes.

Light Appetizers

  • Cheese Platter: A selection of mild cheeses allows the tartness of the cocktail to shine.
  • Chips and Salsa: The refreshing nature of the cocktail balances the spice and acidity of the salsa.

Spicy Dishes

  • Spicy Thai Noodles: The sugar and citrus combination can help mitigate the heat, providing a sweet relief.
  • Buffalo Wings: The acidity of the citrus cuts through the fattiness of the wings, making for an invigorating pairing.

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What you could change in Yucca

  • Vodka: Can be substituted with white rum or tequila.
  • Sugar: Can be substituted with honey or agave syrup for a natural sweetener.

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Yucca with a Berry Twist

Add a handful of mixed berries to the jar before muddling. This berryific addition will turn your Yucca into a fruity fiesta! Your drink will look like a masterpiece with an artful splash of color, and your tastebuds will do the samba with this berry-bursting experience.

Herbal Yucca

Throw in a few sprigs of fresh mint or basil with the lemons and limes. This herbal infusion brings a fragrant twist, making each sip feel like you're lounging in an upscale garden. It's the botanical garden of cocktails - clean, fresh, and delightfully fancy.

Yucca Spice

Add a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger or a couple of thin slices of jalapeño to add some spicy intrigue. This spicy comrade gives the Yucca a warm kick that balances the bright citrus tones. It's like inviting a fiery friend to an ice party; everyone will enjoy the heated conversation.

In case you forgot basics how to make Yucca

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

Learn everything on how to muddle

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Frequently Asked Questions on Yucca

What is the ideal size of mason jar for this cocktail?

A 24-ounce mason jar is typically used for the Yucca Cocktail as it provides sufficient space for all the ingredients and ice, while leaving room to shake the drink adequately.

Can I make the Yucca Cocktail ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare a batch of Yucca Cocktails ahead of time. However, it's best to add the ice just before serving to prevent the drink from becoming too diluted.

Can I use bottled lemon and lime juice instead of fresh?

While you can use bottled juice, fresh fruit juice is recommended to give the Yucca Cocktail its distinct, vibrant flavor.

What can I pair with Yucca Cocktail?

Yucca Cocktail pairs well with grilled meats and spicy foods because its citrus flavor provides a refreshing contrast.

Can the Yucca Cocktail be served as a punch?

Yes, this cocktail suits being served as a punch due to its fruit content. You can easily adjust the recipe to serve a larger group.

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