Fresh Yuzu Gin
At Four Pillars, we’ve always had a well-known love of bright flavours and the cornucopia of great Australian-grown citrus.
It started with oranges in Rare Dry Gin, finger limes in Navy Strength Gin and continued through blood orange, grapefruit, cumquat and bergamot – the list goes on. In fact, if you can name a citrus, chances are we’ve distilled it.
Over the past four or five years, there’s been another citrus slowly edging its way into our hearts. It’s yellow and looks pretty ugly (it’s all in the eye of the beholder, of course) but it tastes and distills great. Yep, we’re talking about the mighty yuzu.
Native to China, Tibet and Japan, yuzu is a citrus fruit with amazing aromatics that are a mix of lemon, mandarin, cumquat and grapefruit.
We first dabbled with yuzu when we made Pure Kisumé Gin in 2017, then Changing Seasons Gin in 2019 and then fate played its part in early 2020, when what should literally land on our doorstep but some fresh, perfect yuzu grown up the road in the Ovens Valley. Clearly, yuzu was calling.
Later in 2020 we released our most distinctly yuzu-powered gin under the guise of the limited-edition Rarer Dry Gin.
So here we are. Three limited-edition yuzu gins later and we’re ready to launch the stand-alone and permanent Fresh Yuzu Gin.
The yuzu brings a mix of lemon, mandarin, cumquat and grapefruit aromatics – all bright and fresh citrus notes – while the addition of finger lime adds some deeper citrus character.
Learning from those adventures making gin with Japanese friends, we’ve used ginger, turmeric and sencha genmaicha, a Japanese green tea with roasted brown rice, for depth of flavour. A canvas of strong pine-needle juniper, and a bit of lemon myrtle adds a touch of lemon curd.
A fresh take on a Fizz. Yuzu and fresh lemon play a two-tone role in this refreshing long cocktail. Silky and delicate with layers of citrus.
- 45mL Fresh Yuzu Gin
- 30mL fresh lemon juice
- 20mL sugar syrup [1:1]
- 2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
- 1 egg white [optional] Soda water
- Shake gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, bitters and egg white over ice
- Fine strain into a chilled rocks glass and top with soda water
A Martini for the thrill seekers, not the purists. Fun, fresh and a throwback to the glory days of bartending. Pucker up and dance on the bar top!
- 60mL Fresh Yuzu Gin
- 20mL fresh lemon juice
- 10mL sugar syrup [1:1]
- 10mL triple sec
- Rim a chilled cocktail glass with caster sugar
- Stir ingredients over ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass
To quote Miranda, “why did we ever stop drinking these?”. Fresh Yuzu Gin brings new age fun to this vintage cool cocktail.
- 50mL Fresh Yuzu Gin
- 30mL cranberry juice
- 15mL fresh lime juice
- 10mL triple sec
- 5mL sugar syrup [1:1]
- Shake ingredients over ice
- Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass
- Garnish with flamed orange zest