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Every winter, I feel a little excitement when I see those tiny, super sweet satsuma mandarins appear at the grocery store. If you’re not familiar with satsuma mandarins, they’re the ones displayed with the leaves still attached. They’re incredibly delicious and also pretty darn cute!
Satsuma mandarins are seedless and very easy to peel, so they’re not only great in cocktails, but a really great snack for kids (and moms). They’re also very photogenic, so they’re guaranteed to make annual appearances here and over on Instagram.
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This easy gin cocktail is bold and citrusy, with freshly squeezed mandarin juice, lime, and a spicy ginger syrup. I love the Fiery Ginger Syrup from Liber & Co, which is readily available at my local grocery store. But if you’re not big on extra spicy, or if you can’t find a store-bought ginger syrup, it’s very easy to make your own.
Easy Ginger Syrup
Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 1/4 cups of water, and 1/2 cup of peeled and chopped fresh ginger in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer until it has a strong ginger flavor, about 15-20 minutes. When it’s done, turn off heat and allow the syrup to cool. Strain out the ginger and store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Satsuma Mandarin Ginger Gin Sour
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz freshly squeezed satsuma mandarin juice
- 3/4 oz Liber & Co Fiery Ginger Syrup (you could substitute another ginger syrup if you prefer less spicy)
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- For the satsuma mandarin juice: Each mandarin will produce about 1/2 ounce of juice, so choose 2 plump fruits and extract the juice using a citrus squeezer.
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill 3/4 with ice.
- Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds. Strain into coupe glass and garnish with mandarin or lime.