Yuzu Tea

Yuzu Tea

This Yuzu Tea is the perfect winter pick-me-up drink! 

Yuzu Tea

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.

Yuzu Tea

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 Tea

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 contains 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. 

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Yuzu Tea
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Yuzu Tea
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This Yuzu Tea is the perfect winter pick-me-up drink! 

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2
Calories: 21 kcal
Ingredients
  • Juice of 1/2 yuzu (or sub 2 tablespoons bottled yuzu juice)
  • 1 black tea bag (or sub Rooibos tea for caffeine-free version)
  • 600 ml (2.5 cups) boiling water
  • Optional: agave syrup, to taste (or sub any other sweetener)
Instructions
  1. Place the tea bag and yuzu juice in a teapot
  2. Add boiling water and leave to steep for a few minutes
  3. Pour into mugs and sweeten to taste if desired
  4. Enjoy immediately!

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