I think everyone has had or at least seen cuties or halo clementines. They are tart, tangy and have a slight sweetness to them. A cross between a mandarin and a sweet orange, they are easy to peel and taste slightly different from both. It has distinct enough flavor that I always make sure I enjoy them throughout the season.
You have about a month to make these before Clementine season is officially over. Don’t miss it.
Here’s the thing, they are supposed to be seedless, however as of late not sure if it’s just me but, every time I have had
them they have seeds. I’ve researched a little and found out t when they are cross-pollinated with other fruit they start growing seeds again, That’s what happens when those little bee friends do their job.
You can use a hand juicer and make short work of squeezing the juice from the fruit in just a few minutes. I like to juice the clementines and use ice trays to freeze in to juice cubes. Then place the cubes in a zip-top bag for later use or when they are no longer in season. It far surpasses using just your hands or the little wooden juicing tool we all have. This type of juicer leaves your piece halves of citrus almost dry and gives you the most juice possible. It is one of the best and most used kitchen gadget and they also make a great gift that will be used for years too.
This juicer squeezes all the juice out of the Clementine. After using the juicing tool it’s totally dry. If you have trouble with strength in your hands, it requires very little pressure to squeeze the juice out, making it an even better choice. I can’t recommend it enough and it will fit right in your kitchen drawer.
Salt the rims of your glasses and fill them with ice. I used regular refrigerator ice or you can always make it a frozen which is my favorite!
Silver tequila is a great choice but ,gold tequila would work just as well it’s a preference of choice.
I feel the fresh squeezed citrus or fresh frozen is the best choice for cocktails. It’s amazing when you squeeze your own citrus fruit how much better the fresh juice taste, there is really no comparison. I also love to leave the pulp in, I don’t even strain, it tastes great as is but, you can strain if you are compelled to.
- 1/8 cup fresh lime juice
- 0.5 ounce Cointreau or your favorite orange liquor
- generous 1/3 cup fresh Clementine juice
- 2 ounces tequila of your choice ( Patron is a good choice)
Salt the rim of your glass (wet with a lime wedge and dip in coarse salt) and fill with ice. Add lime juice, Cointreau, Clementine juice and tequila, in that order. Serve with a stir stick and garnish with a lime wedge and Clementine slice.
Directions for a Pitcher full:
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces Cointreau or orange liquor
- 2 cups fresh clementine juice
- 8 ounces tequila
4 cups Ice