Our Spiced Clementine Blend

September 1, 2020

As we start to transition to winter, let’s talk about our Spiced Clementine blend. But lets breakdown the two separately first before we blend them together.

Clementines

Clementines are by far and away, the ingredient I get most excited about in the winter. Their fragrant scent and sweet juice is an absolute god-send and there are always a couple of boxes to hand in family houses over Christmas. Although they become available in the markets from November, I routinely wait for December before mass binging on them. Discover more about clementines and where they originated from and the history, there’s also different varieties of clementines – see more.

Cloves

Clove makes for a superb partner to the clementine and brings a warming layer of winter complexity to the refreshing clementine. Did you know that there are 8 benefits of Cloves…we’ll give you 3 and the rest you can read on Healthline website.

  • Contain important nutrients
  • High in antioxidants
  • Can kill bacteria

Spiced Clementine

These two ingredients form the basis for of our Spiced Clementine blend (check it out here), we peel leafy Spanish clementines before juicing them to extract their sweet, acidic, vibrant orange liquid. This is blended with a handmade, clove-infused water and turned into a Spiced Clementine syrup before adding lemon juice to complete this beautiful, versatile, limited edition cocktail base.

Here’s how you can recreate our Spiced Clementine blend

Scroll down further for some ideas on how you might like to use it.

To prepare the blend, we firstly make a clove syrup and separately, a clementine syrup, before combining the two and balancing with lemon juice.

Ingredients
1 litre of Clove Syrup (1:1)
25g whole cloves
600ml water
600ml white caster sugar (or 570g)

1 litre (or just over) of Clementine Syrup (2:1)
500ml clementine juice (1.2kg fresh clementines)
1000ml white caster sugar (or 950g)

Preparation:
Clove Syrup

Add cloves to a pan and heat gently to release the oils of the cloves without burning them, or the pan.

With the scent of clove in the air, add water to the pan. Gently heat,  getting close, but not all the way to the boil. Turn off the heat and leave the cloves to infuse the water for 10 minutes.

Strain off the cloves, and add the sugar to the pan, whisking as the sugar goes in to create a lovely clove syrup.

Clementine Syrup

Slice each clementine in half across the belly, ready to juice using a citrus press or Mexican elbow style hand juicer.

Juice the clementines and strain off the pips and pith.

Add caster sugar to create a 2:1 syrup. I often find it difficult to dissolve sugar to create a 2:1 syrup and to help with this, I create a warm water bath of sorts – inserting the container with the clementine juice and sugar, snugly in to another containing boiled water.

Completing the Clementine & Clove syrup:

Feel free to work to the ratios that suit your palate. We like 67% clementine syrup to 33% clove syrup and for ease of measurement, you can comfortably work to 650ml clementine syrup and 350ml clove syrup to create 1 litre of your finished syrup.

A Christmas Spritz

A Christmas Spritz made with Clementine & Clove

A Christmas Spritz made with Clementine & Clove

Our Christmas Spritz is our December prequel to the Mimosas we should all be drinking on Christmas morning.

 INGREDIENTS:

35ML ICELY DONE “CLEMENTINE & CLOVE” BLEND
10ML SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE
20ML GIN
25ML SODA
50ML PROSECCO

METHOD:

BUILD OVER ICE  IN A SPRITZ OR RED WINE GLASS & STIR

GARNISH:

ORANGE WHEEL, STUDDED WITH CLOVES

A different kind of Champagne Cocktail

This is an easy twist on the Classic Champagne Cocktail, traditionally made with a whte sugar cube, Angostura Bitters, Cognac & Champagne.

15ML CLEMENTINE & CLOVE SYRUP
15ML COGNAC
1 DASH OF ORANGE BITTERS
TOP WITH CHAMPAGNE 

Clem Spritz (non-alcoholic)

This is my favourite grown up soft drink for the Christmas table. Bags of seasonal flavour and refreshment, without the drink driving charge.

You can leave a milk sized jug of the syrup on the table for folks to help themselves – alternatively, make a large jug full of the finished blend with orange wheels packed in amongst the ice.

25ml Clementine & Clove
Top with soda or bitter lemon (preferably)
Served in a tall glass over lots of ice

That’s not all! Check out our video below on how to put together a Spiced Clementine Spritz. Enjoy!

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