When we sort through our Satsumas before boxing and bagging them we pull out all of the seconds that are not of sufficient quality to sell. Some of them have damaged skin, or skin that is very soft, and some have hard green spots on the skin. We sell these
seconds for half price at the farm, 80 cents per pound. They are very perishable due to the skin damage so they should be cut and juiced, or peeled and sectioned soon after purchase.
We often peel and freeze the mandarin sections and used them throughout the year for smoothies. These mandarins are still very sweet and juicy however, so they also 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
This juice can be mixed with sparkling wine for a delicious Mimosa, or can be mixed with sparkling water for a non-alcoholic holiday toast.
We have also 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.
If you would like to purchase our mandarins during the winter months please contact us using this link.
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