(Image courtesy Imbi & Itchy’s candied kumquat post)
When I was in high school, I went through this phase where I wanted to eat kumquats all the time. After school, I would go down to the local grocery store and buy about a quarter pound of kumquats to eat as an afternoon snack. Although I outgrew that, I still like kumquats. They are the perfect marriage of sour and sweet. The skin of the fruit is sweet and the inside of the fruit is salty and sour, so eating a kumquat is quite an experience for the senses.
In fact, it seems to me that with their blending of sweet and sour, kumquats could make a pretty darn nice cocktail. I got so excited about this idea that I looked around on the web and found several promising recipes. Now I’m going to have to get some kumquats from the store and try these out:
Kumquat Caipiroshka from the San Francisco Chronicle
Ingredients (serves 1 person):
- 5 kumquats
2 tsp granulated sugar
2 oz Citrus Vodka
Using a muddler, muddle 4 or 5 ice cubes with the kumquats and sugar until the fruit is pulverized. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the vodka and shake. Pour the whole thing, including the ice, into a tumbler glass. Enjoy.
Kumquat Champagne Cocktail from Epicurious
Ingredients (serves 4 people):
- 1 1/4 c sliced kumquats
1/3 c triple sec or Grand Mariner
1/4 c sugar
1 750-ml bottle Champagne
Using back of large spoon, mash first 3 ingredients in bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Strain mixture through fine sieve set over bowl, pressing on solids.
Pour 2 tablespoons kumquat syrup into each of four 6-ounce Champagne flutes. Fill each with 2/3 cup Champagne.
Kumquat Mojito from Cocktail-Guru
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1 tsp white sugar
2 oz White Rum
1.5 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
3 kumquats cut into half (keep leaves for garnish)
Hand full of Mint leaves
Half of one lime cut into 3 wedges
Splash of club soda
8 Ice cubes and crushed ice
Muddle the kumquats, mint, limes and sugar until you smell the mint. Add rum, sweet and sour mix, and ice cubes. Shake and strain into the glass full of crushed ice. Top with club soda. Garnish the drink with mint, kumquat leaves, and a kumquats wedge on top. Yum!