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Candied kumquat mojito

Candied kumquat mojito
Los Angeles Times

With summer on the way, the city's best bartenders are blissed-out over the fresh fruits and herbs raining down from farmers markets. Mixologists are muddling blackberries, candying kumquats and macerating handfuls of mint leaves -- and they seem to be ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes, plus macerating time | Serves 1
Note: From Peter Birmingham at Norman's, where the drink is made with Ron Matusalem Platino rum. Birmingham also recommends Bacardi Silver or Cruzan Estate Light rum. You'll have enough simple syrup and candied kumquats for up to 12 drinks.

Candied kumquats

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 12 kumquats, whole
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, ends trimmed and two outer layers removed, slightly smashed with the side of a chef's knife
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water

Step 1Add the boiling water to the sugar. Stir to mix and dissolve the sugar, cool.

Step 2Bring a pot of water to boil. Blanch the kumquats for 1 minute, drain.

Step 3Place 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.

Simple syrup

  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Step 1Add 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

Step 1In 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.

Step 2In 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.

Each serving:
200 calories; 0 protein; 19 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 3 mg. Sodium.
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