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Spiced Mandarin Orange Juice

Happy Chinese New Year! May the year of the Tiger bring you good blessings. Happy Valentine’s Day too! This is a simple recipe for using up the extra mandarin oranges that may be lying around after the new year visitings. I know the most obvious thing to do is to peel the oranges and eat them, but I get bored of doing that after some time.

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Spicy mandarin orange juice? Why not? I have seen Tabasco sauce being added to cocktails so it isn’t a novelty to add it to orange juice slightly spicy for the extra kick.

Spicy Mandarin Orange Juice

I also used a lemongrass stalk as a stirrer so that there will be a mild lemongrass scent as the juice is being stirred.

Spicy Mandarin Orange Juice

(Updated) Note: The origami tiger you see in the photos was folded using this tutorial.


  • 3 mandarin oranges peeled
  • 1/2 lemongrass stalk
  • Tabasco sauce optional;for mild spiciness

Tools Needed

  • fruit juice extractor


  1. Make slits all over the lemongrass. If you want more aroma, you can dip it in hot water for 10 seconds.
  2. Blend oranges in a fruit juice extractor. Add Tabasco sauce to taste (I added 6 drops). Garnish with the lemongrass stirrer and add ice cubes if desired.

40 comments on “Spiced Mandarin Orange Juice”

  1. Sounds intriguing. Great photos!

  2. Love your origami tiger! Happy new year!

  3. I think I prefer lemongrass to Tabasco…

  4. The recipe sounds interesting, with tabasco… I don’t drink cocktails often, but I can imagine that tabasco might add an extra kick to the juice. Happy Chinese New Year by the way :).

  5. Same with Tigerfish :)

    Btw, the tiger looks so cute, you have to teach how to make that tiger’s orgiami.
    Gong Xi Fat Cai

  6. This sounds great! The spicy kick and lemongrass flavor sound lovely with mandarin.

  7. What a great idea to use up all the oranges! And the tiger is real cute. Have a great CNY and Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family.

  8. How cute that origami tiger! Happy Lunar New Year and have a sweet Valentine’s Day!

  9. Gong Hei! Gong Hei! Gong Hei Fatt Choy!
    May the Tiger bless you with lots of fortunes and goodies, have fun yeah! . . . . from sunny & Sid

  10. Looks like you’ve combined 2 of my favorite breakfast drinks: fresh-squeezed juice and bloody marys. I’ll have to try this next time my neighbor’s kids are selling oranges (much better fundraiser than popcorn or cookies, imo).
    My current favorite enhanced OJ is to blend the juice of several oranges with a few slivers of peel, a bit of ginger, and some fresh-grated nutmeg.

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