Homemade mandarin orange simple syrup recipe made in a glass bottle

Homemade Mandarin Orange Simple Syrup

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Indulge in the delightful flavors of homemade mandarin orange simple syrup with this easy-to-follow recipe. Bursting with fresh citrus flavor, this syrup is perfect for adding a delicious twist to your favorite drinks and desserts.

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Why Make Your Own Mandarin Orange Syrup From Scratch?

There’s something truly special about making your own simple syrup! This delightful mandarin orange syrup can be used in cocktails, mocktails, desserts, and more. It’s a perfect way to add a burst of citrusy sweetness to your favorite drinks and treats.

Mandarin oranges are known for their bright, tangy flavor and are a great source of vitamin C. By using fresh mandarin oranges, you can capture their essence in this simple syrup. Plus, making your own syrup at home allows you to control the ingredients and avoid any unwanted additives or preservatives.

This simple syrup recipe is also great to use up leftover mandarin oranges if you have extra!

How to Use Mandarin Orange Simple Syrup

You can use this Homemade Mandarin Orange Simple Syrup in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas:

  • Mandarin Orange Spritzer: Mix a splash of mandarin orange syrup with sparkling water or soda for a refreshing citrus spritzer.
  • Mandarin Orange Lemonade: Upgrade your classic lemonade by adding a generous drizzle of mandarin orange syrup for a fresh twist.
  • Mandarin Orange Cocktails: Elevate your favorite cocktails, such as margaritas or mojitos, with a hint of mandarin orange sweetness.
  • Mandarin Orange Desserts: Use the syrup to flavor cakes, cupcakes, or fruit salads, adding a burst of citrus flavor to your desserts.

Kitchen Equipment

Here’s everything you need to make this Homemade Mandarin Orange Simple Syrup recipe. If you’re looking for recommendations for ingredients or kitchen equipment, check out the Recipe Resources section at the bottom of this page.

  • Citrus juicer
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Small saucepan
  • Fine mesh sieve
  • Bottle for storing simple syrup


  • Mandarin oranges (about 2 pounds)
  • Sugar
  • Water
Homemade mandarin simple syrup

Homemade Mandarin Orange Simple Syrup

This homemade mandarin orange simple syrup recipe is perfect in all your favorite drink and dessert recipes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup freshly squeezed mandarin orange juice (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1 handful of mandarin orange peels
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Start by juicing the mandarin oranges with a citrus juicer until you have 1 cup of juice. You can squeeze the oranges by hand if you don't have a citrus juicer.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the mandarin orange juice, sugar, and water. Toss in a handful of mandarin orange peels.
  • Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until boiling, stirring occasionally.
  • Continue simmering until the mixture starts to thicken, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Once cooled, strain through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the orange peels.
  • Pour the syrup into a glass bottle or jar, and store in the refrigerator. The syrup will keep for about 2 weeks.


  • The number of mandarin oranges needed for 1 cup of juice can vary. We started with a 3 pound bag of mandarins and had a few left over. 
  • If you end up with less than 1 cup of mandarin orange juice, you can simply use an equal amount of water and sugar.
  • For example, if you have 1/2 cup of mandarin orange juice, use 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar in this recipe.
Keyword mandarin simple syrup, simple syrup

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With its bright, citrusy flavor, this Homemade Mandarin Orange Simple Syrup is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. It’s easy to make and adds a delicious touch to a variety of dishes and drinks.

Will you be making this Homemade Mandarin Orange Simple Syrup? Let me know in the comments!

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