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Yuzu Basil Ricky

Serves 6


    Yuzu Basil Ricky

    This refreshing cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to appetizers, as it wakes up and cleanses your palate after a couple of bites.


    Tip: Yuzu is a very fragrant citrus fruit from Japan with a flavour similar to a cross between a lime, grapefruit, and mandarin. You can find bottles of the juice in better grocery stores or specialty shops. A little bit of the intensely aromatic juice goes a long way, and leftover juice can be used anywhere a hit of acid is needed.

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    Yuzu Basil Ricky


    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) packed basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
    • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) agave nectar
    • 3/4 cup (180 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp (22 mL) yuzu juice (see tip)
    • 1 cup (250 mL) vodka or water
    • 3 cups (750 mL) club soda, plus extra


    Per serving:

    • calories119
    • protein0g
    • fat0g
      • saturated fat0g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates6g
      • sugars4g
      • fibre0g
    • sodium6mg



    In pitcher, muddle basil leaves until bruised. Stir in agave nectar, lemon juice, yuzu juice, and vodka or water. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.


    When ready to serve, stir in club soda. Taste and adjust to taste with additional agave, yuzu, and soda. Serve in highball glasses filled with ice and garnished with additional basil.


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