I always buy kumquats this time of year.
Its a nostalgia thing on my part. My Momma Tom (my mom’s mom) had a kumquat bush at her house and we would eat them until we couldnt eat another. They tasted much better then I think. It could be that we never washed them first. Everything is a little more flavorful if there is a little danger involved. I wouldnt dare feed my kids unwashed fruit of any kind…but we picked and ate and and survived. Anywho, I had a couple of pounds of kumquats and decided to make a liqueur…I LOVE citrusy liqueur like Grand Marnier so this should be yummy as well. I washed them and dried them. And gathered my stuff…
Then I made a simple syrup 1:1 white sugar and water. I let it cool completely. I scored each of the kumquats vertically Then I put a layer of kumquats, a cup of syrup and cup of vodka. I ended using all the syrup which was 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water. And I topped the jar off with vodka.
until I was out of kumquats and the jar was full…don’t they look beautiful?
I think it will take several months for it to mature but I will probably sample it in a couple of weeks! Next…Cranberry Liqueur!!! YUM!