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Kumquat cocktail / simple syrup ideas?

Just got a pint of kumquats and want to make them last a while. Would love to make a kumquat-infused simple syrup for cocktails. Any tips or recipe suggestions?

asked by fitsxarts about 5 years ago
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sdebrango

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added about 5 years ago

Maybe you can peel and use the skin in the syrup, cook it with the sugar and water. I have never really used kumquats I think the skin is really thin not sure if you can juice them. Or zest them that way you can get more bang for your buck the zest has the essential oils.

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added about 5 years ago

This isn't a simple syrup recipe, but I have an adaptation of Melissa Clark's Kumquat-Clementine cordial (from her cookbook In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite) macerating right now, and I canNOT wait until it's done. Her recipe uses spices (cinnamon, star anise, and allspice) in white rum, but all I had was spiced rum, so I omitted the spices she called for.

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Greenstuff

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added about 5 years ago

That sounds really good. I'd just chop up kumquats, simmer them with your water and sugar, then strain them out. sdebrango--you usually use entire kumquats rather than using just the peel or the small amount of juice that they have.

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Greenstuff

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added about 5 years ago

Or, I'd slice them thinly, simmer them in the water and sugar, and keep them in the syrup. You could even simmering them whole--candying them--so you'd have the kumquat as well as a syrup to use in other recipes.

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sdebrango

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added about 5 years ago

Sounds great Greenstuff, I haven't really used Kumquats I remember them being quite bitter if my recollection is correct, then simmering them in sugar syrup would be really nice imparting the flavor into the syrup and the kumquats themselves would be a yummy treat,

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Greenstuff

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added about 5 years ago

You're right, they are bitter. But they're one of those bitter flavors that people tend to like more and more as they get older. A sugar simmer might be a stepping stone to liking them as they are.

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added about 5 years ago

I used only the peels (which interestingly enough are sweet, compared to the sour innards of the fruit) when preparing the syrup, works very well to give you an orangey citrus aroma, the innards of a kumquat are really just a bag for the seeds which can be bitter.. Yes it is labor intensive peeling the skin off but well worth it.. (Any remaining peel, just cut up into strips & 'bury' in a container of sugar. You'll get some lovely candied peel for cake garnish.