Filed under: Drinks
I try pretty hard to buy food in season and avoid produce that has travelled halfway around the world. However, I have weaknesses (see, primarily: avocados, green papayas, citrus fruits). Kumquats are one of those weaknesses. I am hooked.
A month or so ago (it pains me to think it has really been that long), I bought some kumquats and snacked on them for a week or so before the last handful got buried in their paper bag in the back of my produce drawer. Tonight, I unearthed those kumquats and half of a cucumber (again, not exactly in season or local) that was fast headed downhill and it just happened to be cocktail hour. I muddled the kumquats and cucumber, added some ice and gin, shook for a minute, and dumped it all in a glass with some club soda. I didn’t have high expectations for this combination, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it made for a very good drink. Not on the same level as the Cranberry Gin & Tonic I made at Thanksgiving, but pretty good nonetheless. If there’s a next time for this drink (which there probably will be, though likely not until next winter), I might add some mint (though if it’s winter, I probably wouldn’t have mint around), or try the drink with vodka or rum.
Small handful of kumquats (I had about 1/2 cup)
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
Gin to taste (I used two shots)
Muddle the kumquats, cucumber, and gin. Add ice and shake for a minute. Dump into a glass, add club soda, and drink.
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