Sunny Marmalade

It's been a cold wet winter in NYC, but I am trying my darnedest to not let it get me down. Part of my plan for success included buying a pair of honest to goodness snow boots that keep my feet warm and dry while trudging around the city. The other part has been really celebrating citrus which is the brightest, sunniest thing around this time of year. I've been buying grapefruit and lemons by the bag and crates upon crates of clementines to fill my fruit bowl, too many clementines in fact. I remembered a friend of mine mentioned on her blog that she gave homemade Clementine Whiskey Marmalade for Christmas gifts this year and that sounded like a delicious way to use up some of my surplus. She gladly shared the recipe with me and I got to work, switching it up a bit to include some of my very favorite citrus, meyer lemons. 

Sunny Marmalade with Clementines and Meyer Lemons
Recipe Edited 3/6/2012

2lbs clementines and meyer lemons combined (I used 2 meyer lemons)
Juice of 2 large lemons
4 1/2c sugar
1 T whiskey (Use 2T and leave out the vanilla for a more pronounced Whiskey flavor)
1T vanilla extract 

1. Finely chop clementines and meyer lemons, including their rinds. Remove any seeds. (Remember that the pieces of skin won't change in size in the finished marmalade. I prefer little strips of rind, rather than chunks so that's how I cut my fruit). Put the fruit in a large bowl and cover with 3c water, cover with plastic and refrigerate over night. The fruit should float freely in the water.
2. The next day, put chopped fruit and water in a heavy bottomed pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook gently for 30 minutes or longer until rind has softened.
3. Add lemon juice and sugar and cook over low heat until dissolved. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 – 30 minutes or until the mixture reaches 220ºF.
4. Stir in whiskey and vanilla. Pour into clean sterlized jars, leaving 1/4 in. headspace. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

This recipe will make about 5, 1/2 pints of marmalade