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Miracle Mile Bitters Co. Yuzu Bitters
Made by Miracle Mile Bitters Co. these Yuzu bitters combine prominent notes of citrus peel with a bit of faint lemon, grapefruit, and thyme. They’re lemony and herbaceous but not spicy — nicely sweet and not too bitter.
Yuzu will benefit any cocktail with citrus flavors. I like it in a French 75, Tom Collins, and Southside. A drop in your gin martini at home will make a world of difference. Don’t forget to garnish with a lemon peel!
Yuzu is a variety of citrus that originated in central China and Tibet. During the Tang Dynasty it was introduced to Japan and Korea. It’s flavor is tart and closely resembles that of grapefruit with overtones of mandarin orange. It’s pretty interesting for a citrus variety because it grows in colder regions. It can even handle a small frost!
This 550ml mixing glass from M-TAKA is hands down the best bang for your buck! It’s hand blown, completely seamless, and it’s side walls aren’t needlessly thick. Nothing screams cheap like a mixing glass with ugly seams or walls literally as thick as The Wall in Game of Thrones!
This version has a beautiful and unique striped pattern deeply etched into the glass. It’s rare and looks gorgeous when filled. Sometimes it’s nice to just be different; especially when it looks this good! But what I think what I like best about this mixing glass is that the bottom isn’t completely flat. The interior edge meets the base with a bevel and this curved transition makes stirring with a well angled barspoon fluid and effortless. The base is also nice and thick making it stable and hard to knock over. Take a look at this diagram to see what I mean.
Like all blown glassware there might be a small bubble or imperfection. It’s perfectly normal!
These Yukiwa bar spoons are my favorite for a lot of reasons. The tight twist of the shaft feels great and makes them easy to control while stirring. The edges aren’t sharp but still provide a good grip. I’ve also noticed a lot of poorly designed bar spoons that have little to no curve at the spoon and I hate that; it’s like working with a flat paddle! The Yukiwa is set at a nice 30° angle. This angle helps when stirring to reduce agitation and keep air bubbles from forming in the liquid.
The teardrop at the top is perfectly sized and weighted to maintain a good balance; it isn’t top or bottom heavy at all. This makes it easier to maintain control and avoid the annoying clinking and clanking of the glass we all try to avoid! Lastly the spoon itself has nicely rounded edges, which may not seem like a big deal until you’ve seen some of the poorly stamped bar spoons that look like unfinished sheet metal.
A good stir is an art form. It takes lots of practice! A good barspoon is a pleasure to use, makes learning easier, and improves an already great stir.
Did I mention that these look fantastic? 😄
35 cm long
Fine twist makes for easy handling
Angled spoon allows for a proper stir; keeping air bubbles out and reducing agitation
Perfectly balanced; not top or bottom heavy
Nicely finished edges and thoughtful design show real craftsmanship and quality
These traditional Hawthorn strainers look stunning in gold and are just as classy as everything else made by Yukiwa. The strainer is one piece Japanese 18/8 stainless steel except for the coil which comes off easily for cleaning. The two prongs fit nicely on both shaker tins and mixing glasses. The + shape hole pattern is simple and classy. Yukiwa is etched into the handle but I like that there isn’t a brand logo cut out of the metal.
I’ve personally had the silver and gold Yukiwa Hawthorne strainers for over two years now and they both still look like new after nightly use. That being said, I don’t run them through the dishwasher because they’re easy enough to clean by hand.
This three piece silver Yukiwa cobbler shaker is perfect for showing off your Japanese Hard Shake! Shaped perfectly for that purpose it’s comfortable to hold and really beautiful at the bar. Because of its built in strainer it’s convenient for beginners or those packing light as well. It’s made from Japanese 18/8 stainless steel and has a 500ml capacity. Unlike some cobblers I’ve used in the past the small cap at the top doesn’t become stuck when really cold.
Order one today and get started perfecting your Japanese Hard Shake!