When we sort through our Satsumas before boxing and bagging them we pull out all of the “uglies” that we do not think are of sufficient quality to sell. Some of them have damaged skin, others are just too large and fibrous, some have hard green spots on the skin.
These mandarins are still very sweet and juicy however, so they make great mandarin juice. We just cut them in half and juice them using a citrus juicer. You can even squeeze them by hand, they are so soft and juicy.
Delicious fresh Satsuma Mandarin juice
We have come up with some delicious cocktail recipes using the mandarin juice.
Sierra Sunset Cocktail
In addition to using the fresh squeezed mandarin juice, this recipe uses pomegranate juice, sweet sparkling wine such as Proseco, and Grand Marnier. The recipe for our home-made pomegranate juice is here:
Fill a glass with crushed ice. Fill the glass with slightly less than 1/3 pomegranate juice, then add 1/3 sweet sparkling wine and 1/3 mandarin juice. Finally pour 1 Tablespoon of Grand Marnier over the top.
“Sierra Sunset Cocktail”
For a non alcoholic version, fill the glass with 1/3 pomegranate juice, 1/3 tonic water, and 1/3 mandarin juice.
Mandarin Vodka Tonic
Fill a glass with crushed ice. Mix 1/2 cup mandarin juice, 1/2 cup tonic water and 1 shot of vodka and pour over the ice.
“Mandarin Vodka Tonic”
You can also make a delicious Satsuma Mandarin Margarita.
Satsuma Mandarin Margarita
Mix together :
3 shots fresh squeezed Satsuma mandarin juice
1 shot white 100% agave tequila (such as Patron silver)
½ shot Cointreau
½ shot fresh squeezed lime juice
Pour this over ice in a glass and serve immediately.
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