Cool Drinks, San Francisco: The Yuzu Palmer at YanikiQ Cafe


The Arnold Palmer is my favorite non-alcoholic drink. Traditionally a combination of equal parts lemonade and iced tea, it's got the best of both worlds: the caffeine and earthy flavor of tea and the citrusy brightness of lemonade.

YanikiQ Cafe in Japantown gives the Arnold Palmer a cultural twist by replacing lemonade with yuzu juice. It has the tartness of a lemon with sweeter, fragrant overtones of orange and grapefruit. The resulting Yuzu Palmer ($4.25) is sweet, tart, and a nice little pick-me-up.

This drink gets points for presentation: the iced tea and yuzu juice stay separate until you stir the drink, creating a pretty color block effect. The yuzu juice has a bit of pulp, which home-style OJ lovers will appreciate. It's quite a tall drink, perfect for sipping or sharing while you make your way through a plate of YanikiQ's selection of macarons.

YanikiQ Cafe

1640 Post Street, San Francisco, Califonia (map)

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Community Manager of Serious Eats and writes the Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar.