…from the Happy Hour Bar
How you doin’? Here’s a refreshing spring and summer time cocktail with a sweet and sour edge. It’s made with the juice of a Clementine.
Clementines are commonly known by the brand names Cuties or Halos. Both are hybrids of mandarin and sweet oranges. These tiny fruits are bright orange, easy to peel, sweeter than most other citrus fruits, and typically seedless (but not always). I call it the lazy man’s orange because it is so easy to peel.
Both Cuties and Halos are grown in the San Joaquin Valley of California, where there are citrus groves that stretch as far as the eye can see. Smaller, independent farms are in the hills around Ventura County.
Halos is the only healthy food brand to rank among parents' top 20 favorite brands. Among kids, Halos are the highest-ranking healthy snack brand and the only produce brand to crack kids' top 50 list.
There is some assembly required in making a Clementine Sour. Start by making an herby-citrus simple syrup. It is a good balance for the fruit’s bold, fruity sweetness. It also necessary to add back a bit of pucker power with a little lemon juice. Once the juices and syrup are shaken with the egg white and a generous pour of bourbon, the cocktail has all the light, fluffy body of a classic whiskey sour, but none of the bite. It’s soft and floral and full of California sunshine.
This cocktail is just what the doctor ordered for Happy Hour, Brunch Hour or just about any hour you can think of.
Syrup prep time: 20 minutes
Cocktail prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail
For the thyme simple syrup
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 strip of Clementine peel
12 fresh thyme sprigs
For the cocktail
2 ounces American bourbon
1 ounce Clementine juice
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce thyme simple syrup (recipe attached)
1 egg white, pasteurized (see ChefSecret)
Garnish: Clementine peel and thyme sprig
To make the herby simple syrup
To make the cocktail
ChefSecret: It’s always best to use a pasteurized egg white for this recipe. You can purchase pasteurized eggs in most supermarkets. If you can’t find them at the store, follow the directions below.
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