Candied kumquat mojito

This festive beverage uses candied kumquats and sweet pineapple juice. <i>Slainte</i>!!<br>
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<b>Candied kumquats</b> <br>
1 cup boiling water <br>
1 cup sugar <br>
12 kumquats, whole <br>
1 stalk lemongrass, ends trimmed and outer layers removed, slightly smashed with the side of a chef's knife <br>
1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water<br>
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1. Add the boiling water to the sugar. Stir to mix and dissolve the sugar, cool.<br>
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2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Blanch the kumquats for 1 minute, drain.<br>
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3. Place the sugar water, lemongrass and orange blossom water in a bowl. Add the kumquats, placing a small plate on top to submerge the kumquats. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up until 3 weeks.<br>
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<b>Simple syrup</b> <br>
Note: You'll have enough simple syrup and candied kumquats for up to 12 drinks.<br>
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3/4 cup boiling water <br>
3/4 cup sugar<br>
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Add the boiling water to the sugar. Stir to mix and dissolve the sugar. Cool.<br>
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<b>Cocktail</b> <br>
6 mint leaves <br>
3/4 ounce (5 teaspoons) simple syrup, divided <br>
1 candied kumquat <br>
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice <br>
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice <br>
2 ounces rum <br>
1 tablespoon pineapple juice <br>
1 wedge lime <br>
Splash club soda<br>
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1. In a double old-fashioned glass, muddle the mint with one-fourth ounce (two teaspoons) simple syrup. Add the candied kumquat and muddle. Add ice to glass.<br>
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2. In a cocktail shaker, mix together the lemon and lime juices, the remaining one-half ounce (about 3 teaspoons) simple syrup, the rum and pineapple juice. Shake well. Pour into the glass, add the wedge of lime and splash of club soda.

( Photo by Ken Hively )

This festive beverage uses candied kumquats and sweet pineapple juice. Slainte!!

Candied kumquats
1 cup boiling water
1 cup sugar
12 kumquats, whole
1 stalk lemongrass, ends trimmed and outer layers removed, slightly smashed with the side of a chef's knife
1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water

1. Add the boiling water to the sugar. Stir to mix and dissolve the sugar, cool.

2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Blanch the kumquats for 1 minute, drain.

3. Place the sugar water, lemongrass and orange blossom water in a bowl. Add the kumquats, placing a small plate on top to submerge the kumquats. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours and up until 3 weeks.

Simple syrup
Note: You'll have enough simple syrup and candied kumquats for up to 12 drinks.

3/4 cup boiling water
3/4 cup sugar

Add the boiling water to the sugar. Stir to mix and dissolve the sugar. Cool.

Cocktail
6 mint leaves
3/4 ounce (5 teaspoons) simple syrup, divided
1 candied kumquat
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
2 ounces rum
1 tablespoon pineapple juice
1 wedge lime
Splash club soda

1. In a double old-fashioned glass, muddle the mint with one-fourth ounce (two teaspoons) simple syrup. Add the candied kumquat and muddle. Add ice to glass.

2. In a cocktail shaker, mix together the lemon and lime juices, the remaining one-half ounce (about 3 teaspoons) simple syrup, the rum and pineapple juice. Shake well. Pour into the glass, add the wedge of lime and splash of club soda.

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