9 Must-Try Kumquat Cocktails

Kumquat cocktails are a refreshing and unique twist on classic cocktail recipes. Kumquats are small citrus fruits that have a sweet, tangy flavor and are often used as a garnish or ingredient in cocktails. These cocktails are perfect for those who are looking for a fun and flavorful drink that is sure to impress their guests.

If you’re a fan of fruity drinks, you’ll love kumquat cocktails. They are perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors in their drinks. And if you’re looking for a new and exciting cocktail to try, kumquat cocktails are definitely worth exploring. Whether you’re sipping on a kumquat margarita or a kumquat mojito, you’ll be sure to enjoy the unique flavor that kumquats bring to the table.

Kumquat Whiskey Sour


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.

St. Germain Kumquat Cocktail


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.

Kumquat & Thyme Cocktail


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.

Rosemary Kumquat Gin Fizz


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.

Kumquat Breakfast Martini


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.

Kumquat Mojitos


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.

Champagne Kumquat Cocktail


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.

The Kumquat and Lychee Mojito


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.

Spicy Kumquat Thyme Margarita


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.

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9 Kumquat Cocktail Recipes

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Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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