Whether you like to spend New Year’s Eve out and about or hiding from the craziness (like I do), it’s fun to ring in the new year with a sip of something special. This cocktail comes to us from the master bartender at the wonderful James Restaurant in Brooklyn and is made with yuzu, a tart East Asian citrus fruit. James’ sister company, Cecil & Merl, have a fantastic line of bitters that we’re so pleased to be selling on Many Kitchens. We’ve included it in our Cocktail Gift Box that could just as easily be a Mocktail Gift Box for you teetotalers. A dash or two of their bitters can make a seltzer water taste like an exotic cocktail. Here’s wishing you a very happy 2016 – may it be a tasty one!
Mer Du Japon
Makes 1 drink
1/4 oz yuzu juice (worth finding fresh or bottled but at a pinch you can use a mixture of orange and lime)
3/4 oz vanilla liqueur
1 1/2 oz vodka
1/4 oz simple syrup
5 dashes Cecil & Merl Apricot Bitters
Build this cocktail in a champagne flute by adding one ingredient at a time and topping with C & M Apricot Bitters and soda.