This time of year our family plows through about a box of clementines a week. And while the peels don’t work that well for making candied orange peel (the skin is too thin to take the white pith off without tearing), they do make a delicious simple syrup! My husband particularly likes to use itfor early spring Old Fashioneds, and I put it in just about everything from coffee to lemonade. The recipe for the syrup is super simple:
Clementine Simple Syrup
- Equal parts water and sugar (I used one cup of each for two clementine peels)
- handful of washed clementine peel (preferably organic to avoid pesticides in the skin)
Bring to a boil over medium heat, then simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain out the peel and any particulates into a sealable jar such as a mason jar and you’re done!