Winter is coming to a close, and spring is soon to come! I feel February is a pretty random month for seasonal fruits and vegetables, but it does have some sweet surprises.
Citrus for example is at it's best. Mandarin's right now are super sweet and yield a lot more juice than usual. During my trip to Costco (don't judge), I came across a large box and decided that with my purchase I would get a little crazy and creative with them alll this week.
Last night I made a mandarin, and chinese five spice simple syrup. A simple syrup is just that. simple. It's equal parts water to sugar, boiled down and reduced. I boiled 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1/2 tbs of five spice, and 1/2 cup of my freshly squeeezed mandarin juice. With this little concoction I made some pretty fun martinis. But that's not the end of it. tonight I'm going to use it in a french toast batter. I hope this inspires you to go out and get yourself some great citrus. squeeze the fun out of it. Ha!