Sunday, December 4, 2011

Clementine, Bourbon, & Clove

This wintery drink features fresh squeezed clementine juice, which is shaken vigorously with three whole cloves and a measure of bourbon. The whole cloves are what is special here - they give off the perfect tiny amount of their essence without overwhelming the drink.

Cloves and citrus are such a perfect winter combo, but cloves can be too overwhelming. We came up with the idea to shake a few cloves with the drink in an effort to rub off the best of their warmth and spice while keeping the source of this aromatic hint unobtrusive and a little mysterious.

And let me say a little something about the bourbon.  I’ve always been a little freaked out by bourbon, imagining it to be a sickly sweet version of whiskey.  I’m not sure where I got that idea, but it was crazy.  Here’s a more accurate & delicious description of nice bourbon from
Flavor descriptors such as toffee, pralines, vanilla, and dried fruit to describe the initial rush of flavors in a good, well-aged Bourbon. The charred oak barrels give Bourbon a distinctive spicy oak firmness that is unique to American whiskeys.”

The bright little clementines were so simple to cut in half and juice – I used my citrus juicer to make it go even faster. We needed about 2 clementines per drink.

Here’s our recipe:

Clementine, Bourbon, & Clove Cocktail

  • 1/4 c. fresh squeezed clementine juice (about 2 clementines)
  • 1 oz. bourbon
  • 3 whole cloves
Combine all ingredients, plus ice, in a shaker.  Shake vigorously, the strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass.  And don’t worry – these would be excellent over ice in a cocktail glass as well.


  1. I don't take alcohol, but i am loving the color and spiciness of this drink!

  2. These look delicious, and what a great way to finish off that bog box of clementines before they turn!

  3. Lovely drink! I love cocktails like these—vibrant, fresh and simple!

  4. We have been making these for the last three nights (drinking one now, actually!) - thanks for the great recipe!


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