Yuzu Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:22%

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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 16, 2024


The Yuzu Margarita is a refreshing twist on the classic Margarita cocktail. It incorporates yuzu, a citrus fruit from East Asia, known for its unique tart flavor, which pairs beautifully with the traditional ingredients of a Margarita. This cocktail has gained popularity among those who appreciate a balance of sweet and sour with a hint of exotic citrus.

  • Originated as a variation of the classic Margarita
  • Yuzu brings an East Asian twist to this Mexican favorite
  • Perfect for those who enjoy experimenting with new flavors in traditional cocktails

How Yuzu Margarita Tastes?

The Yuzu Margarita offers a tantalizing balance of flavors. It's tart and zesty from the yuzu and lime, sweet from the syrup, with a smooth and slightly earthy undertone from the blanco tequila. The Cointreau or triple sec adds a subtle orange fragrance that complements the yuzu perfectly.

Interesting facts about Yuzu Margarita

  • Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is rarely eaten as a fruit but widely used in Japanese cuisine for its aromatic zest and juice.
  • Margaritas traditionally use lime, but yuzu provides a distinctive twist that's gaining popularity.
  • The Yuzu Margarita is often enjoyed during the summer months but can be a delightful choice year-round.


  • Yuzu juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Cointreau: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Blanco tequila: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Simple syrup: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Coarse salt: 1 pinch
  • Ice: as needed
  • Lime wheel: 1 for garnish
  • Kosher salt: 2 tbsp for rim

Yuzu Juice

The star of the show, yuzu juice, brings a tart, aromatic citrus flavor that sets this margarita apart. Its unique blend of taste that's part lime, part grapefruit, with a hint of mandarin sweetness balances the cocktail's profile. If you skimp on yuzu, you'll lose that signature exotic flair—so no cutting corners here!

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Lime Juice

Lime juice adds a familiar tang that complements the yuzu's complexity, ensuring the cocktail is well grounded in traditional margarita territory. Less lime would mean less of that classic 'margarita' zing, too much, and you might overpower the delicate yuzu.

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This orange liqueur gives depth, bringing in some sweetness and a subtle orange essence that ties the citrus notes together. Swap it for another triple sec, and you'll still structure the drink well, but Cointreau's balanced profile is hard to match.

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Blanco Tequila

Smooth blanco tequila provides the backbone; its clean, peppery bite adds structure. Less tequila could mean an overly sweet, limp cocktail, while more could turn your sippable treat into a punchy, alcohol-forward mixer, potentially overshadowing the yuzu.

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Simple Syrup

Sweetness to balance the tang from our citric friends. This recipe calls for equal parts syrup to yuzu juice, creating harmony. Too much and it ventures into cloying territory, too little, and pucker up for a tart fest.

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Coarse Salt

That pinch of coarse salt enhances flavors and adds texture. A margarita without a salted rim can feel like a beach without sand—still good, but lacking that gritty charm.

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Ice keeps the party cool, diluting the drink just right as it shakes. No ice? Be prepared for a warmer and stronger flavor punch that could unbalance the delicate dance of the ingredients.

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Lime Wheel

It's more than a pretty face; the garnish gives an anticipatory hint of the flavors mingling in the glass. It's also a little snack—after all, it's five o'clock somewhere!

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Kosher Salt

Kosher salt for the rim creates the ideal textural contrast to the silky liquid and sparks the palette before the first sip is even taken.

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Recipe. How to make Yuzu Margarita Drink

  1. If desired, prepare the rim of your serving glass with kosher salt or sugar by dipping the rim in water or running a lime wedge around it, then dipping into the salt or sugar.
  2. Slice a lime wheel for garnish.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 oz yuzu juice, 0.5 oz lime juice, 1 oz Cointreau, 1.5 oz blanco tequila, and 1 oz simple syrup.
  4. Add ice to the shaker.
  5. Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
  6. Strain into the prepared serving glass filled with ice.
  7. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality blanco tequila for the best flavor.
  • Chill the serving glass beforehand to keep the cocktail colder for longer.
  • Adjust the sweetness to your preference by varying the amount of simple syrup.

Perfect Pairings


  • Fresh Oysters: The bright citrus flavor of the yuzu pairs perfectly with the briny richness of fresh oysters.
  • Sushi and Sashimi: A Yuzu Margarita's clean, crisp notes can cut through the delicate flavors of raw fish, complementing without overpowering.
  • Grilled Shrimp: The char from the grill and the sweetness of shrimp are enhanced by the tartness of yuzu.
  • Ceviche: The acidity of the cocktail works much like the lime in ceviche, making it a refreshing pairing.

Lightly Spiced Dishes

  • Fish Tacos: The zesty yuzu and lime juices can brighten these often subtly spiced tacos.
  • Chicken Satay: The hint of sweetness from the simple syrup can balance the spice in the satay sauce.


  • Salted Edamame: The coarse salt rim of the margarita echoes the salted delight of edamame pods.
  • Chips and Guacamole: The creamy avocado is delightfully contrasted by the refreshing citrus kick of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Yuzu Margarita

  • If yuzu juice is unavailable, a mix of lemon and lime juice can be used as a substitute.
  • Grand Marnier can be used in place of Cointreau for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Agave syrup may be used instead of simple syrup for a more authentic Mexican taste.

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Yuzu-Jalapeño Margarita

  • Ingredients: Add a few slices of fresh jalapeño to the shaker.
  • Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño in the shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients. It differs from the original recipe by adding a spicy kick, enhancing the warmth of the tequila and complementing yuzu's tartness.

Yuzu-Ginger Margarita

  • Ingredients: Include half an ounce of fresh ginger juice.
  • Recipe: Shake the ginger juice along with other ingredients. This version offers a warming spice that joins yuzu's brightness for a zesty, invigorating take on the classic.

Sparkling Yuzu Margarita

  • Ingredients: Top off with sparkling water or soda.
  • Recipe: After pouring the cocktail into the glass, gently top it with sparkling water. This twist introduces a fizzy element that makes the drink even more refreshing and light on the palate.

In case you forgot basics how to make Yuzu Margarita

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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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.

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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.

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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 Yuzu Margarita

How can I achieve a frosted glass effect for serving my Yuzu Margarita?

To create a frosted effect on your glass, place it in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before serving your cocktail.

What can I use if I don't have a cocktail shaker for my Yuzu Margarita?

If you're without a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid or two cups that fit together to create a makeshift shaker.

How long can I store homemade simple syrup?

Homemade simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one month.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for tequila in a Yuzu Margarita?

For a non-alcoholic version, you can use a tequila-flavored syrup or a mix of lime juice and sparkling water to mimic the kick of alcohol.

What's the significance of using kosher salt for the rim of a Margarita?

Kosher salt has larger crystals than regular table salt, providing a pleasing texture and flavor enhancement with each sip without being overpowering.

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