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how to make citron tea

Homemade Citron Tea (Yuzu / Yuja Cha)

Matt
This is the perfect drink to sooth a sore throat. Or just make this in winter for a calming treat before you go to bed.
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Korean
Servings 1 jar

Ingredients
  

  • 5-6 yuzu fruit medium size
  • honey

To Make Citron Tea

  • hot water

Instructions
 

Prep

  • Wash whole yuzu thoroughly with water.
  • Scrub yuzu peels with course salt.(optional)
  • Remove any brown spots or scars in the peels with a knife.
  • Slice yuzu into quarters, vertically, from stem to bottom tip.
  • Trim off the pith.*
  • Squeeze out juice and pulp into a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Remove seeds with a knife or spoon.(optional)
  • Remove stem ends with a knife.
  • With peels facing down on a cutting board, slice peels julienne-style. Set aside.
  • Remove pulp from the bowl and squeeze out the juice with your hands.
  • Blend pulp in a blender or chop into small pieces with a knife. Set aside.

Combining the Ingredients

  • Using chopsticks or a fork, add slices of yuzu to a sterilized jar to make one layer of yuzu peels.*
  • Cover the layer of yuzu peel with honey.
  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you've added all of the yuzu peel to the jar.
  • Add all the yuzu juice and chopped pulp to the jar.
  • Stir with a spoon.
  • Tightly seal lid on the jar.
  • Leave the jar out in a cool, dry place for one day.
  • After a day, open the jar and mix with a spoon.
  • Reseal the jar with the lid and keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Making citron tea

  • Add one tablespoon of yuzu/honey mixture to hot water or black tea.
  • Stir and serve warm.

Notes

Pith is the middle white part of any citrus fruit.  
To sterilize the jar, you can boil it for 10 minutes. Also remember to boil the lid for 5 minutes.
Keyword antioxidant, citrus, cold remedy, healthy, honey, yuja, yuzu
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