Cinco de Mayo might be over. But my love for margaritas is not. In fact, with summer steadily approaching, it’s about time we have some refreshing summer cocktails up our sleeves for all of those barbeques and beach parties around the corner. And the only thing more refreshing than a margarita, is a margarita with kumquats in it. This idea dawned on me on Cinco de Mayo while I stood at work, day dreaming about the margaritas I would like to be drinking that night. And to my great fortune, my friend, co-worker, and cocktail-maker extraordinaire Christiaan Rollich was there for reference. And before I could say “Kumquat Margaritas,” he had scribbled on to a cocktail napkin the exact measurements for the perfect kumquat margarita. Christaan was recently officially named Bar Chef for all of the Lucques restaurants and catering. A couple hours of his cocktail expertise is worth more than what most people I know pay for rent. But for a more affordable version of his drinks, check out Christiaan’s blog http://www.itsnotabouttheglass.wordpress.com.
Yields 1 serving
- 1 1/2 kumquats
- 2 oz tequila
- 3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3/4 oz simple syrup (3 parts sugar, 2 parts water, bring to a boil and let cool)
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- salt, for rim if desired
- lime wedge and halved kumquat, for garnish
Muddle the kumquats with a handful of ice in a mortar and pestle. Transfer to a cocktail shaker and add tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, orange juice and ice. Shake very well and transfer to a glass with ice, garnished with a lime wedge, halved kumquat and salted rim, if desired.