I recently found myself faced with half a crate of clementines that were ripe to be consumed and a beckoning bottle of Highland Harvest Organic Scotch Whisky. What to do but throw together an infusion to warm those cold winter nights ahead.
Slice a bunch of clementine (or any other) oranges and fill your mason jars about 2/3 full of fruit. I made three batches, one with oranges and whole cloves (about 6 cloves); one with oranges and two cinnamon sticks; and one with oranges, about 4 cloves and one cinnamon stick. Seal your jars and let them steep in a cool dark spot for several days. Invert the bottles daily to move the liquid around the fruit, and start tasting after a few days. I let these infuse for about a week and a half, and they were spicy and orange-scented when complete.
Once fully steeped, strain your infusion through a fine metal strainer lined with a couple layers of cheesecloth, and store in clean mason jars. I plan to give these as Christmas presents to my dad and brother. Hopefully, they’ll want to perform a taste taste with me on Christmas Eve!