Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines
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Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

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Homemade orange syrup made with clementines has a mild and light orange scented citrus flavor.

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

I typically keep a well-stocked pantry. I like the idea of being able to make a meal on a whim, and have most (if not all) of the ingredients on hand so that trips to the grocery store mid-week are few and far between.

That said, grocery shopping also happens to be one of my favorite “chores.” I realize this makes me an oddball, but I’m okay with that.

This past week I was traveling for work along with a myriad of other things going on. Our pantry and fridge were both bare. Bare, as in, out of butter, milk, onions and a slew of other essential foods. Gasp!

So, given my crazy-nutso schedule, I granted the task of grocery shopping to my husband, who is mostly a stay-at-home dad (but also coaches lacrosse) as he had plenty of time while our oldest was in school.

And, it’s not that he’s not willing to grocery shop (on the contrary, actually!), it’s just that I really enjoy it. I do, really.

I spent an hour on Tuesday night making a grocery list for my husband.

I don’t normally make a grocery list for myself; it’s all in my head.

In fact, I believe I’d rather stick hot forks in my eyes than prepare a grocery list for every shopping trip.

Also? Grocery lists prepared for someone else’s shopping trip are tough because it’s easy to forget the little things that would typically jump out at you while browsing the isles.

Pure maple syrup.


And pancakes or waffles are typically a weekend staple in our house.



Along with grocery shopping, I also love a great challenge. Like the challenge of coming up with some sort of delicious syrup to go with Saturday waffles.

‘Tis the season for clementines, and I happened to have a bagful sitting on my counter—something I *did* remember to put on the grocery list!

How about homemade orange syrup with clementines?

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

Homemade orange syrup with clementines couldn’t be any more simple.

(Haha—that’s kind of funny, because what I’m essentially making is a simple syrup. Foodie humor, nyuck-nyuck…)

I brought water and sugar to a boil in a heavy-bottom sauce pot, and then I added the juice from two clementines, along with their peels.

The whole mixture was kept at a rolling boil over medium-high heat for thirty minutes, until it had reduced by about half.

Then, I took the homemade orange syrup with clementines off the heat and let it cool in the refrigerator for a few minutes before I poured it into eight-ounce canning jars to store back in the fridge.

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

I also used some for our homemade waffles this morning (the whole point of making it, right?), and the kids loved it.

The oldest wanted seconds. I’m serious.

This homemade orange syrup with clementines doesn’t have a heavy citrus flavor, rather it’s very mild and lightly orange scented. In a good way.

Homemade orange syrup made with clementines has a mild and light orange scented citrus flavor.

Although, I think adding a cup of orange juice in place of one of the cups of water would give an intense flavor boost if that’s what you’re going for!

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

Homemade Orange Syrup with Clementines

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Homemade orange syrup made with clementines has a mild and light orange scented citrus flavor.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 clementines, peeled and juiced


  1. Whisk the water and sugar together in a heavy sauce pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the peel and juice from the clementines.
  3. Reduce the heat to keep the mixture at a gentle, but rolling, boil.
  4. Cook the syrup for 30 minutes, or until it has reduced by about half.
  5. Remove the pot from heat, let it cool for 5 minutes, and then transfer the syrup to canning jars to store in the fridge.


Makes about 2 cups of syrup.

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Last Updated on February 26, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) Always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect mojito and time to finish my novel!


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    • (a)Musing Foodie

      If you’re in WordPress, there are lots of different plugins to use – I don’t have a particular favorite though. 🙂

    • Liza Hawkins

      Hi Ciara! If you’re canning this, then it will have a super long shelf life until you open it (then it will need to be refrigerated). I only keep mine in the fridge since I’m not canning.

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