This recipe lets the sourness of the kumquats shine. Made with lemon, limes, and simple syrup, this Kumquat Whiskey Sour takes only a few steps and is easy to make with a blender. To make a pair of cocktails, use your favorite brand of bourbon that you have on hand.
For a unique summer cocktail, this St. Germain Kumquat Cocktail combines kumquats with elderflower liqueur. The elderflower adds a fragrant note that complements the tart taste of the kumquats but doesn’t overwhelm the fruit. This recipe uses both gin and St. Germain liqueur and only takes a few simple steps to come together.
To spruce up summer parties, this Kumquat and Thyme Cocktail is easy to make and sure to please a crowd. Muddling kumquats with thyme and honey adds the perfect level of sweetness and sourness, and vodka and ginger beer round this drink out. This drink is easy to make in large batches for your summer gatherings.
This Rosemary Kumquat Gin Fizz is the perfect addition to your next holiday party. The rosemary adds an herbal note that pairs well with kumquats, and the juniper from gin adds complexity. Simply muddle the ingredients together before adding your favorite gin and some club soda. In no time, you’ll have a delicious kumquat cocktail to enjoy.
Before your next brunch, try this Kumquat Breakfast Martini. Making a kumquat marmalade adds a few extra steps, but it will keep in the fridge for a month. When you’re ready to make the cocktail, simply mix the marmalade with gin and Cointreau, and serve it at your next breakfast party.
Try this unique twist on the classic mojito to add a tropical flair to your next gathering. The little fruit pairs perfectly with white rum, mint, orange juice concentrate, and club soda. The ingredients are combined in a pitcher, making the Kumquat Mojito ideal for a party.
The Champagne Kumquat Cocktail adds elegance to your summer nights. There are a few extra steps to make a kumquat compote with Cognac, but you can make the compote in advance. Add bitters and champagne to balance out the kumquats, and you’ve got the perfect elevated cocktail.
Try this Kumquat and Lychee Mojito to use some lesser-known ingredients. Making a lychee syrup adds sweet and floral notes that work exceptionally well with the tart flavor of the kumquat. Add a blend of Cognac and champagne, and you have an elevated twist on the mojito that you’ll always come back to.
To spice up your cocktails, try this Spicy Kumquat Thyme Margarita. There are a few steps to this recipe, but you’ll have a cocktail bursting with flavor. Start by making a jalapeno-infused tequila. Add an orange flavor liqueur, kumquats, and lime juice, and you’ll enjoy a sweet, salty, and spicy cocktail.
If you’ve never used kumquats in your drinks, now is the time to get creative! Kumquat cocktails are the perfect balance of sweet and tart, allowing you to mix and match flavors and liquors.
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The Best Kumquat Cocktails To Spruce Up the Summer
I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.
In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.