Yuja Cha Mojito Cocktail Recipe

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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


Yuja Cha Mojito is a refreshing twist on the classic Mojito, incorporating the flavors of Yuja Cha, a popular Korean citrus tea. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy the combination of sweet, sour, and minty flavors. It's a great choice for summer gatherings and parties.

  • Originated in the fusion of Korean and Cuban cultures
  • Popular among those who enjoy citrus-based cocktails
  • Perfect for summer and outdoor events

How Yuja Cha Mojito Tastes?

Yuja Cha Mojito has a delightful balance of sweet, sour, and minty flavors. The yuja fruit adds a unique citrusy tang, while the mint and lime provide a refreshing and invigorating taste. The rum adds a subtle warmth and depth to the overall flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Yuja Cha Mojito

  • Yuja fruit is also known as yuzu in Japan and is widely used in Korean and Japanese cuisine
  • Yuja Cha is a traditional Korean tea made from yuja fruit and honey
  • Mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail that has gained worldwide popularity


Yuja Cha

This Korean citron tea provides a balance of sweet and tart flavors essential for the unique character of the drink. If we skimp on this, the cocktail loses its charm, less tea would decrease the depth of citrus flavors.

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White Rum

The spirit of choice here adds a kick, carrying the botanical and citrus notes without overwhelming them. If we overdo it though, the alcohol may overpower the delicate balance we're aiming for; too little and you're at a garden party without the dance.

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Fresh Lime Juice

It’s like a zesty wake-up call for your taste buds, adding necessary acidity. Too much will turn it into a face-scrunching experience, too little, and the drink might become too sweet.

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Simple Syrup

It’s the sweet whispers in a world of loud flavors, it balances the acidity. If removed, your drink might be mistaken for a sour-puss.

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Fresh Mint Leaves

These are the fragrance to the cocktail's melody; without them, it’s like a summer breeze without the fresh scent.

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Soda Water

This is the effervescent joie de vivre. Take it away, and you have a flat party on your hands. Just a splash, though, no need for a tsunami.

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Crushed Ice

This doesn't just keep things cool, it’s also the gentle buffer blending the flavors. Without it, you're sipping on something closer to a soup.

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Yuja Fruit Slices

They aren’t just for show; they add an aromatic hint of what's in store upon each sip. No yuja garnish, you'll miss out on that scented prelude.

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Mint Sprig

The final classy touch, and a nod to your nostrils saying, 'You’re in for a treat'. Without it, the presentation may lack a certain je ne sais quoi.

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Recipe. How to make Yuja Cha Mojito Drink

  1. In a tall glass, muddle the fresh mint leaves with the simple syrup
  2. Add the yuja cha, white rum, and fresh lime juice
  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice and stir well
  4. Top up with soda water and give it a gentle stir
  5. Garnish with yuja fruit slices and a mint sprig

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh yuja fruit slices for the best flavor and aroma
  • Gently muddle the mint leaves to release their flavor without breaking them
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less simple syrup according to your taste

Perfect Pairings


  • Fried Calamari: The tangy citrus flavor of the cocktail is a perfect complement to the richness of fried foods.
  • Assorted Cheese Plate: A selection of both creamy and sharp cheeses would be balanced nicely by the refreshing qualities of the Yuja Cha Mojito.

Main Dishes

  • Grilled Fish Tacos: The bright flavors in both the food and drink will enhance each other.
  • Lemon Herb Chicken: The herbaceous notes of the cocktail will mesh well with the savory chicken.


  • Lemon Sorbet: For an after-dinner treat, the citrus in both the sorbet and cocktail can make for a harmonious pairing.
  • Fruit Tart: The subtle sweetness of the fruit highlighted by the tartness of the Yuja Cha will be delightful.

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What you could change in Yuja Cha Mojito

  • Yuja Cha can be replaced with yuzu juice and honey
  • White rum can be substituted with vodka for a lighter taste

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Spicy Yuja Cha Mojito

To give it a spicy kick, muddle a slice of jalapeño with the mint. The heat will contrast with the sweet and herbal flavors for a bit of excitement.

Yuja Cha Mojito Mocktail

Replace the rum with coconut water for a non-alcoholic and tropical variant. You'll still enjoy the refreshing qualities with a hint of coconut flair.

Warm Yuja Cha Mojito

Instead of soda and ice, top with warm water. This twist creates a soothing and warm beverage that emphasizes the yuja cha, perfect for a chilly evening.

In case you forgot basics how to make Yuja Cha Mojito

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Yuja Cha Mojito

What's the appropriate glassware for serving a Yuja Cha Mojito?

A Highballs glass is most appropriate for serving a Yuja Cha Mojito. It is tall and cylindrical and perfect for showcasing the brilliant colors of the cocktail.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you can eliminate the white rum to create a non-alcoholic version of the Yuja Cha Mojito. You might need to adjust the amount of soda water and simple syrup to balance the tastes.

Can other citrus fruits be used in place of Yuja fruit?

The unique flavor of Yuja fruit is central to this cocktail. However, if unavailable, lemon or lime can also bring a sour tanginess to the drink.

Are there any specific types of rum that you would recommend for this recipe?

White rum is used in this recipe for its light and slightly sweet flavor that doesn’t overpower the fruitiness of Yuja Cha. High-quality brands like Havana Club or Bacardi would be good options.

Is there a particular time of the day or occasion most suitable for serving this cocktail?

Given its refreshing qualities, Yuja Cha Mojito is typically served on warm sunny days and is perfect for afternoon gatherings or summer evening parties.

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