Shochu Cocktail Recipe: Yuzu Martini

Shochu Martini
Shochu Martini
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Yuzu Martini

Nankai's Yuzu Martini is a bright, dry, and crisp take on the classic cocktail using Nankai Shochu, dry vermouth, and yuzu juice. It's a perfect low-ABV alternative to a gin or vodka martini.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time4 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Diet: Diabetic, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Keyword: dry vermouth, Low ABV, Low calories, Martini, nankai shochu, Shochu cocktail, yuzu
Servings: 1
Calories: 114kcal


  • Mixing Glass



  • Combine Nankai Shochu, dry vermouth, yuzu, and orange bitters in a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir until chilled well.
  • Strain and pour into coupe/martini glass.
  • Express oil from peel, garnish and serve.


Serving: 3.5oz | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.5g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin C: 2.6mg

The Yuzu Martini just might be the cocktail that perfectly defines Nankai Shochu. It’s clean, refreshing, balanced with citrus notes, low calories, low carbs, low ABV and suited for food pairing. That’s just about everything you could want in a low ABV cocktail.

Before we make the case for our Yuzu Martini, let’s talk about the martini first. After all, the martini is the quintessential classic cocktail. It’s probably the first one you think of if asked to make a classic. We all know that James Bond likes it shaken and not stirred. While there are several theories on the martini’s origin, the most popular is that it evolved from a gin cocktail called the Martinez at the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco. Bartenders have created thousands of variations ever since.

The Yuzu Martini by Nankai is a great version of a dry martini, which is made with a 2:1 ratio of gin to dry vermouth. Our recipe calls for a tiny bit more shochu than vermouth, but that could be a matter of personal preference. We also add a splash of yuzu juice for more citrus notes, which Nankai Shochu happens to carry well. This yuzu cocktail is also well suited to pairing with foods, as the Nankai Shochu enhances umami notes in food while the yuzu will enhance the dish’s seasoning.

For those following the keto diet, this cocktail is great for enjoying alcohol while reducing the impact on your ketosis. A standard gin or vodka martini will have between 176-200 calories, while the Nankai Yuzu Martini will have just above 100 calories. It will also be incredibly low in carbs (3.5g per drink) and sugar (0.2g per drink).

The Nankai Yuzu Martini is a perfect cocktail to showcase our beautiful vacuum-distilled Japanese shochu. If you need help locating a bottle of Nankai Shochu, click here to access our online partners and store finder.

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