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Honey Citron Tea from Scratch

Author: Jee Choe
Korean Honey Citron Tea is an herbal drink made with yuzu or yuja fruit.
4.8 from 16 votes
Prep Time 7 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Yield6 servings


  • 2 large yuzus or 4 small yuzus (about 1 cup of sliced yuzu)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey


  • Clean and slice citron fruit. Discard the seeds.
    Since we're using the entire fruit including the peel, make sure it's thoroughly cleaned. I like to clean it by spraying it with vinegar then scrubbing it clean under running water. Cut citron in half, then in thin slices.
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
    In a bowl, mix together the sliced yuzu, sugar, and honey until well combined. The honey and sugar will break down the yuzu peel, making it soft.
  • Stir 1 tablespoon of citron tea in a cup of hot water.
    Citron fruit peel can be eaten.


  • This citrus fruit is not easy to find and when you do, it's pretty pricey. I paid $5.50 for EACH at a Japanese market. Try looking for them in Korean supermarkets too.
  • The citron tea will last about a month in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  • You can make the citron tea by using all sugar or all honey but making it with all honey completely masks the yuzu flavor.
  • Use brown sugar instead of white if that's what you have but it'll change the color of the tea.
  • To make iced honey citron tea, make a syrup by diluting 2 tablespoons of sweetened citron in 2 tablespoons of hot water. Add cold water and pour into a cup with ice. It's a great hot weather drink.
  • Giant glass jars of this herbal tea is sold in Asian markets and even Costco if you don't want to make it from scratch.
  • The biggest difference between homemade and store-bought is the cost. A store-bought jar costs about $8 and can make about 35 servings. My version costs about $12 and can make a whopping 6 servings. Ha. You won't save money by making it but you'll know every ingredient that goes into the homemade version.


Calories: 114 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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