As you may know from my previous post on how to eat kumquats, these little pearls of citrus are the opposite of what we’re used to with oranges and grapefruits, for example. The skin of the kumquat is sweet, and the juice is sour.
Martinis are the perfect way to take advantage of this sweet and sour goodness. I combined the kumquats with Grand Marnier and vodka for a winning combination!
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I love Grand Marnier and was almost out of my most recent bottle, so Drizly gave me a bottle to try out their service. So easy! You might have seen it on my Instagram stories: I took a video of the driver leaving my house and said, “There goes my liquor man!” Just a tad different than a milkman! Tee hee. I think it’s great for parties as no one needs to leave to buy more beer, wine or whatever liquor you’ve run out of.
Back to those kumquat martinis. If you have any kumquats left on your tree, or picked some up at your local market, give this recipe a go. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Frosty Kumquat Martinis
makes 2 large or 3 small martinis
- about 12 kumquats
- 1 1/2 cups of ice cubes
- 1 shot (1 oz) Grand Marnier
- 2 shots (2 oz) Ketel One Citroen vodka (substitute plain vodka if you like)
- 3 teaspoons caster or superfine sugar
- extra sugar for rimming the glasses
Prepare the glasses by rubbing half a kumquat around the rim and dipping in sugar.
Cut the kumquats in half and remove all the pits. Keep two or three thin slices aside to garnish the glass.
Put the ice, kumquats, Grand Marnier, vodka and sugar in the blender jar.
Blend until smooth and pour into martini glasses.
Serve immediately. (Was this last instruction even necessary?)
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