Kumquat Margaritas for Two

2 Cocktails
20 min

Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching, and this delicious Kumquat Margarita would be a perfect, unique cocktail to help you celebrate. My uncle grows his own kumquats in Alabama, and every year mails my grandma a big box of perfect kumquats. She shares a bunch with me, and the rest she eats fresh and makes kumquat marmalade (also very delicious!).


I was in the mood for a margarita the other night, and wondered why I couldn't use some of my fresh kumquats to make some sort of cocktail? I thought about juicing the kumquats, but they aren't very juicy, and besides, most of the flavor seems to be in the peel. So, I decided to puree the kumquats with a little water, and run the puree through a sieve to collect the bigger pieces.


The result was a delicious margarita, that was full of explosive citrus flavor! I'll definitely be making this margarita more than just for Cinco de Mayo!

Fresh, delicious, unique and easy to make!

We start with beautiful, fresh kumquats. I used just the orangest kumquats.

Cut kumquats in half and use a paring knife to remove all seeds (a bit tedious, I know, but this step is totally worth it).

Blend kumquats with a little water and strain through a sieve.

Make your delicious drinks with the kumquat purée. Cheers!

Recipe details

  • 2  Cocktails
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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Ingredients

For the purée

  • 1 pint kumquats, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 cup water

For the cocktails

  • 6 ounces kumquat puree
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons simple syrup

Instructions

For the purée

Combine seeded kumquats and water in a blender and blend on high until a smoothish puree forms. Pour puree through a fine mesh sieve.

To make the cocktails

For each drink, combine 3 ounces kumquat puree with 1 ounce tequila, 1/2 ounce triple sec, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake well to combine. Garnish glasses with salt and kumquat slices, if desired. Fill each glass with ice cubes and pour margarita over ice. Cheers!

Tips

  • Adjust cocktail ingredients to your tastes!

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