More snow today, ugh. I think it’s safe to say that we all need a drink! In fact, maybe Mother Nature could use a cocktail to chill out too? I’m happy to mix this one up for her. One of my favorite way to shake up cocktails at home is with homemade simple syrups, usually made out of fresh ingredients I have leftover in my fridge. This week my leftovers included a brimming bowl of satsuma oranges — which are tiny and sweet and the prettiest orange tone. I juiced them all by hand and simmered them with a piece of fresh peeled ginger, some water and sugar.The result was a sweet, citrus-infused syrup with just a little kick of spice from the ginger. I’ve been dropping a splash of it into seltzer water all week, and mixed it up for drinks over the weekend with bourbon, ginger beer and a drizzle of honey over ice. It was delicious, and with a little leftover, I might need to test it in a satsuma-ginger margarita next? Get the recipe for the simple syrup below, and cheers! 

Satsuma Ginger Cocktail.
  • 2 Cups of Satsuma Orange Juice
  • 1" Piece of Peeled Fresh Ginger
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • 2 Tbsp of Sugar
  • Bourbon, Ginger Beer, Honey, and Ice for serving
  1. In a saucepan, combine satsuma juice, ginger, water, and sugar.
  2. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until reduced by half.
  3. Remove ginger and transfer to a glass container to cool.
  4. Serve over ice with bourbon and honey and top with ginger beer.