Clementine Simple Syrup

I recently found myself with more clementines (Cuties, Halos) than I could use before they ruined. I love using flavored simple syrups, so that's how I decided to use most of them.

You can use a simple syrup in lots of different ways:

  • Brush cakes or cupcakes with it for extra flavor and moistness; they'll keep fresher a little longer, too.  
  • Delicious in tea, hot or cold (and dissolves instantly in iced tea, unlike granulated sugar)
  • Use to sweeten and add a boost of flavor to homemade lemonade. 
  • Use to flavor and sweeten cocktails 
  • Drizzle lightly onto a fresh fruit salad

Clementine Simple Syrup adds a nice, mild, citrus flavor and aroma wherever you use it. And isn't it pretty? It's like having a little jar of sunshine.

Clementine Simple Syrup  Print
Makes a little over 1 cup

2 cups sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed clementine juice, strained

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the juice and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer at a low boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Strain if desired- there may be tiny bits of pulp in it. The pulp doesn't bother me- I do not strain. Cover tightly and keep refrigerated. Keeps several weeks (indefinitely, actually; I just don't know what the FDA's recommendations are on this). 

Notes: At its very simplest, simple syrup is made from sugar and water. Some people like a 1 to 1 ratio (1 part sugar to 1 part water), and some people prefer a 2 to 1 ratio (2 parts sugar to 1 part water). I have made and used both, and prefer a 2 to 1 ratio. It's sweeter and thicker. It works out about the same- you use more of the 1 to 1 syrup to get the same level of sweetness in the 2 to 1 syrup.

You can also replace water with juice, as I have done in this recipe. I've also made simple syrup using sugar, water, and citrus zest, as in this Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup.

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  1. Joy,

    You are so creative. I love clementines. This is a great idea to add a lot of flavor.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Many Blessings,
    Diane Roark

  2. I never would have thought to do this, but the next time I do have clementines, I am gong to try. Thanks Joy :)

  3. I male simple syrup all the time….love the citrus flavor idea!

  4. Love this!! I drink green tea everyday and I think this would be an amazing substitute for honey!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Come back next week and share your stuff!!

  5. Just the ray of sunshine I needed today. It looks so pretty, and I'm sure it tastes wonderful as well. Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites!

  6. What a great idea, Joy! It looks like a little jar of sunshine!

  7. It does look pretty and great idea. Your pictures are great of your project. I like the previous comment a little jar of sunshine! Over from Funtastic Friday.

  8. Oh, I love this idea! It would be fantastic in tea or on muffins even. :) Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  9. I never thought to make simple syrup using fruit and Cuties are perfect to begin with! Love the idea.

  10. I love Cuties, they're fantastic. I've never used them in a recipe. Thanks for the recipe and linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays.

  11. I love making simple syrups but have never thought to make orange! LOVE this recipe - can't wait to try it!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this simple syrup recipe. I have some oranges that are quickly becoming too far gone. This would be a good use for them.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your post on Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party #62. I've pinned your post to our Pinterest board.

  14. This sounds so inviting for a cold Winter's day. Clementine syrup is sometime I never heard of but it sounds so simple to make and I can only imagine the flavor it would add to almost any drink and many dishes. Thanks for sharing this. Visiting from Healthy Happy Green & Natural blog hop. Pinned & twitted.

  15. Clementine Simple Syrup is a fabulous idea with so many uses. I can only imagine how this would be in salad dressings or even added to club soda or tea. Delicious! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We look forward to having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~ Cydnee

  16. What a versatile syrup to make and have on hand! Thank you so much for sharing your Clementine Simple Syrup recipe with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing!

  17. I've only made simple syrup for my hummingbird feeder. I should make some for our tea. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party. Pinned.... Hope your having a great week!

  18. This syrup is just beautiful. It is featured this week on Funtastic Friday. Thanks for linking up. Hope to see you again this week.

  19. You bring the most delicious things to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  20. We love clementines! Sounds like a great idea to make a simple syrup, and the color is just so sunny. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

  21. What a great idea for spoiling fruit. I love clementines would love to brush this over warm citrus inspired cake. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  22. What a fabulous idea Joy! I would never have thought to make a simple syrup. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  23. Hi Joy,
    What a yummy syrup, and so pretty with the light coming through. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  24. This simple syrup sounds divine! I would've never thought to make a simple syrup with clementines. Thanks for sharing at the Creative Spark link party; you're one of today's features! Hope you'll link up again this week :)

  25. Joy, this is a thing of beauty! It would make such a lovely gift too. Well done!
    ~Liz (project pastry love)

  26. Such a great idea! Thanks for linking up with the Creative Spark Link Party!


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