Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

When I was in the store a couple of weeks ago, I spotted both cranberries and kumquats on sale. Never one to pass up a good deal, I swiped them both up with no clue on what I wanted to do with them. I had some ideas, but nothing set in stone. Since I had two bags of cranberries, I decided to make a simple syrup with one of the bags since I needed to use them up and it turned out so good. The tartness really shone through, and when I mixed it up with some muddled kumquats and a little tequila, I knew it was a hit.

Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

This is a great recipe to make in a big pitcher for a crowd; just muddle a bunch of kumquats in the bottom of a pitcher and fill with the simple syrup, tequila, and some triple sec. Top that off with ice and you’ve got a party-pleaser for sure. I know this may seem more like a Cinco de Mayo recipe (and it would be great for that, too!), but it has that cranberry-citrus flavor that I love during the holidays, so I think this may be what I’ll be sipping on Christmas day.

Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

If anything, you should definitely make this cranberry simple syrup to have on hand – I’m sure there’s a stray bag of cranberries in your fridge just begging to be made into this simple syrup. I threw some zest of kumquats and a few whole ones in there to bring out that citrus flavor, but if you have oranges and/or kumquats aren’t on sale where you are, add those instead.

Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

For the cranberry simple syrup:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 cups cranberries
2-3 kumquats, optional

For the drink (makes 1, but if you want to make a bigger batch, say in a pitcher, just increase ingredients):

About 7-8 kumquats, sliced and seeds removed, plus more slices for garnish
1 1/2 oz tequila
1 1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz cranberry simple syrup

Begin by making the cranberry simple syrup. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cranberries. Heat until it comes to a boil, stirring occasionally, then simmer for 5-10 minutes. During the last minute or two of cooking, I add the zest of a few kumquats (it’s hard to get all of the zest off, obviously, so just a few swipes to release the essential oils) and then throw them in whole – they’ll permeate the syrup while cooling. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain into a glass jar and discard the cranberries/kumquats.

To make the drinks, add the sliced kumquats into a cocktail shaker. Muddle them to break them up and release their flavors. Add the tequila, triple sec, and cranberry simple syrup and a little ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass with ice. Garnish with extra kumquat slices (I also added the ones from the shaker in for extra flavor); you can also salt the rim of the glasses if desired.

Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

 

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9 thoughts on “Kumquat Cranberry Margaritas

  1. I’m not just impressed by this drink but by your adventurousness in buying kumquats to begin with. I would probably have walked right by them because I have no clue what to do with them! Well I guess now I do 🙂

    1. Hahah thanks, Nora! I love kumquats and need to try a tart or something with them – so far all I have done is drinks (which is never a bad thing 🙂 )

  2. I’m dying to try this! I’ve been looking for kumquats ever since you posted the recipe for the Moscow Mule and my Harris Teeter has been playing a lot of games with my emotions. They have the slot there with the sign for kumquats, but it has been totally empty for months, just taunting me! Well, until then I will have to console myself with orange cranberry margaritas, which still sounds like 7 different types of amazing 😀

    1. I don’t know if it’s a Harris Teeter thing but mine hardly ever carries them either… I have to go to Whole Foods or trudge all the way down to Publix for them! I think the orange/cranberry margaritas would still be quite a hit – citrus and cranberries are just the best combination! Thanks again! 🙂

  3. Found this in Foodgawker, Taylor and it totally caught my eye. What a delicious recipe! Now I know next season, I’ll be scoopin up some kumquats and cranberries too… and now I’ll know what to do with them! Thank you!!! 😀 Pinned for now!

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