This Yuzu Tea is the perfect winter pick-me-up drink!
Yuzu is an Asian citrus fruit. It tastes slightly bitter like grapefruit, but has the sweet blossomy aroma of a clementine. It is widely used in Japanese cuisine, for savoury dressings and sauces, as well as in desserts, or used in alcoholic drinks such as the yuzu sour.
Its uses in Japan also go beyond the kitchen: on the winter solstice, people traditionally bathe in hot water with whole yuzu fruits floating on it. This strongly aromatic yuzu bath is said to prevent you from catching colds, moisturise the skin and relax the mind and body.
Yuzu is also sometimes mixed with honey and hot water to make a drink called yuzucha, which means yuzu tea. However, I decided here to add yuzu to black tea. It adds a beautiful fresh fragrance, along with multiple health benefits. Yuzu supposedly has three times more Vitamin C than lemon juice, so I’m sure it’s great for fighting off those winter colds!
If you’d rather have a caffeine-free drink, I’d suggest using Rooibos tea, which tastes identical to black tea but is naturally caffeine free.
I got to use fresh yuzu for this as I’m currently in Japan, but unfortunately it’s almost impossible to get hold of fresh yuzu in the UK. However, some supermarkets sell bottled yuzu juice, which is a good substitute. I used this one from Waitrose. You can also buy it from the Japan Centre.
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- Juice of 1/2 yuzu (or 2 tablespoons bottled yuzu juice)
- 1 black tea bag (or sub Rooibos tea for caffeine free)
- 600ml boiling water
- Optional: agave syrup/sugar, to taste (or sub honey if not vegan)
- Place the tea bag and yuzu juice in a teapot
- Add boiling water and leave to steep for a few minutes
- Pour into mugs and sweeten to taste if desired
- Enjoy immediately!