Kumquat Spirits and the Kumquat Martini, aka the Kumquat-Julep-Cham-Tini

What You'll Need

Ingredients for Spirit
  • 1 cup fresh kumquats
  • 1-pint vodka or gin
Ingredients for Cocktail

First, the spirit.
Kumquats have a lamentably short season, so this infusion is a great way to enjoy the unique flavor of the zesty orange fruits, long after they are gone from the markets. The spirit of choice is up to you; both vodka and gin are equally delicious, if different, and we imagine that silver tequila might be equally lovely, though we have not tried it, ourselves.
kumquat vodka


Wash the kumquats and allow to dry.
Slice the fruits into 3 or 4 slices each.
slice kumquats
Drop the fruits into a jar and pour the clear spirit over them.
vodka over fruit
Allow infusing at room temperature for 3-4 days.
kumquats infusing
Strain the fruits from the spirit and discard them, or use them as a garnish for drinks.

Make a cocktail!

Kumquat Martini, aka the Kumquat-Julep-Cham-Tini
This is a delicious mutt of a drink, a cross between a martini and a mint julep, with a dash of chamomile bitters thrown in, because why not, you made those last month, right? The bitters add floral and herbal notes to the mix, which is almost never a bad thing. Substitute orange bitters, if your chamomile bitters aren’t ready yet.

When the kumquat season is over, you can still make the drink with the infused kumquat vodka or gin, without the fresh fruits, or substituting limes for the kumquats. We won't make up a name for that variation, though. That would just be silly.


In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, combine the kumquats, mint sprigs, and simple syrup. Muddle these well.
muddle ingredients
Add the ice, vodka, and bitters.
add ice
Shake vigorously, until chilled, about 30 seconds.
Strain, and serve up.
strain cocktail
Garnish with some fresh or infused kumquat, and a sprig of mint.

 served up

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