At one sitting I can eat hundreds of clementines, which I usually do with my daughter. We can never eat just one and I buy them all winter long. I put a great big bowl of clementines in the center of my dinning room table for decoration as well as for our eating pleasure. They’re a great snack for an “on the go” treat and are also good for cleansing your palate. As Aliyah and I were on to our 5th clementine, I thought about a refreshing cocktail that would be perfect for the holiday season. Ali in the Valley’s version of a Clementine Cocktail! I love it!
Please try it and let me know your thoughts.
On a holiday note: The house is finally decorated and now this weekend it’s about internet shopping for gifts. I’m on a very tight budget but who isn’t? I know, I know I’m behind already but some years it’s like that!
Ali in the Valley
6 clementines Vodka Sparkling clementine flavored juice beverage from Trader Joe’s Red sugar (or not)? Lime
Juice clementines. Cut clementines into four wedges and rub along the rim of two glasses. Throw a tablespoon of salt on a cutting board. Run the rim of the glasses through the salt. Add ice to glasses. Add vodka (however much you like), add seltzer (again at your own discretion), and add as much clementine juice as you did seltzer. Squeeze lime into drink and stir.
Background Information on the Clementine
A clementine is a variety of mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), so named in 1902. The exterior is a deep orange color with a smooth, glossy appearance. Clementines can be separated into seven to fourteen segments. They tend to be very easy to peel, like a tangerine, but are almost always seedless. For this reason they are sometimes known as seedless tangerines; the clementine is also occasionally referred to as the Algerian tangerine. They are typically juicy and sweet, with less acid than oranges. Their oils, like other citrus fruits, contain mostly limonene as well as myrcene, linalool, α-pinene and many complex aromatics.
Photo by: Ali