Photo by Ken Hively
This festive beverage uses candied kumquats and sweet pineapple juice. Slainte!!
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.
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.
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.