A Cinco de Mayo Kumquat Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo, which we all know is just an excuse :)  and after all our earthquakes and volcanic eruptions yesterday, I figure we're due for one.  I do love kumquats, just to eat out of hand, and they're also good for chutney, and lots of other things, like this:

                                         Kumquat Margaritas
  • 12 ounces kumquats, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 cup water
  • tequilla
  • triple sec
  • sugar syrup*
  • ice

  1. Combine kumquats and water in a blender and blend on high until smooth(ish). Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove pulp and any remaining seeds and big chunks.
  2. For each drink, in a cocktail shaker, combine 3 ounces (5-6 tablespoons) kumquat puree with 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) tequila, 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) triple sec, and sugar syrup to taste (I used 2 tablespoons). Shake well to combine. Pour over ice.  I added some of the strained pulp back in, just for more flavor, and rimmed the glass with a local favorite, Li Hing Mui powder (which is salt and dried prume). Moisten the rim with some kumquat juice and swirl in the powder or salt or sugar if you'd prefer, and add a kumquat slice for garnish.

Cheers!  Will share over at Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking page.  Drop on over for the party.


Mae Travels said...

Your location in Keaau looks too close to the volcano for comfort! Though I understand you don't have any lava in your back yard. Did you feel the earthquakes?

Kumquats are not especially common here in Michigan -- I assume you are growing your own? I would like to try that drink but will probably have to stick with something more ordinary.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Claudia said...

Yes, we're close, Mae, but in no danger from lava. It's maybe 10 miles SE of us, and heading toward the ocean. But the earthquakes were another story. One was quite scary - 6.9 and the one before that 5.4, for which I was in the grocery store and stuff was dropping off the shelves. Must have been 6 or more yesterday, some only tremors.

On a happier note, I do have a kumquat tree in the garden, but too young to produce fruit as yet, so from the market for these.

Judee Algazi said...

What a flavorful looking drink. Of course I have no idea where I would get a kumquat- not true- I have seen them in the store at certain times of the year. I bought a container once but used them for decoration.

Carole said...

I will have to look into kumquats. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

Beth F said...

Kumquats are readily available in regular grocery stores, but usually in the fall. Even decades ago, my mother and grandmothers would buy them as soon as they started appearing in the grocery. That was in Ohio. These days, I can buy most of the year at my local supermarket, here in Pennsylvania. I love them.

Tina said...

We have kumquat trees here too but none in our yard. I do have a loquat tree! Yes, I agree, any excuse for a margarita!
I heard about the volcano and earthquake and wondered how you were doing. Glad you are well. Can you see the lava flow? Hoping all is well with your and your family and you stay safe.

Rob said...

Glad you're safe. The margarita looks delicious!

Vicki said...

I love kumquats, we have a kumquat festival every year in the town north of us. Too bad I don't drink.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I keep thinking about you and hoping that everything is still downwind from you and all is OK. I think you deserve multiple margaritas--it looks delicious. I don't do enough with kumquats.

Claudia said...

Yes, thanks Deb, we're still not getting the noxious gasses and the earthquakes have stopped, Praise God. Sadly, friends have been evacuated and some lost their homes.