Kumquat Bourbon Sour

by Shoshana on February 17, 2014 · 10 comments

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I often say I wish I had more friends who drink cocktails. When we have people over they tend to be wine or beer drinkers, or like my husband they enjoy scotch, neat. There is nothing wrong with that but I would love to have more opportunities to play around with making fun interesting cocktails. It feels like the next logical extension of dessert making, experimenting with various flavored syrups and infusions to make the perfectly balanced drink. While most of the time my friends would prefer something more straight forward, Purim is the perfect opportunity to experiment a bit more because everyone in a festive mood and willing to try something new. This kumquat bourbon sour is one of my favorite new drinks. The sweetness comes from kumquat syrup, the sour from fresh squeezed kumquat juice, and the kick comes from good quality bourbon. I love the combination of kumquat and bourbon and this drink is the perfect way to highlight that. Not to mention how pretty the garnish of candied kumquats is in the cup! Certainly a drink worthy of a royal banquet!

For more cocktail inspiration check out the rest of the Kosher Connection Link-up this month.

Kumquat Bourbon Sour

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Kumquat Bourbon Sour


2 oz kumquat juice (made by juicing whole kumquats, not squeezing the juice out from inside)

1 1/2 oz good quality bourbon

2 oz kumquat syrup (syrup that remains from candied kumquats)

candied kumquats for garnish


Combine the kumquat juice, bourbon, syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain and serve over ice. Garnish with candied kumquats.



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura February 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

Love the candied kumquat garnish!


Barbara | Creative Culinary February 18, 2014 at 7:47 am

All the reasons I love making cocktails too! While I still love a nice glass of wine, making a specialty cocktail when I have friends over has become pretty standard too. Few turn them down; that’s all I know!


Shoshana February 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I should try just making them, I suppose people will drink them. After a party we had where I had an entire pitcher of a (very tasty) sake cocktail leftover I am a bit nervous to try again!


Shoshana February 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm

BTW, everyone loves your chocolate liqueur recipe, though!


Vicky and Ruth / May I have that recipe? February 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I love recipes with kumquats, and you have two great ones this week. Thanks for sharing.


Ronnie Fein February 20, 2014 at 7:41 am

Bourbon is my liquor of choice. And I love anything with kumquats, so this sounds very very appealing to me.


Whitney @ Jewhungry February 21, 2014 at 6:10 am

Juicing kumquats must be difficult. I love that you have this full and unique flavor in this drink. Beautiful!


Shoshana February 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

It is actually easy, I use the kind of juicer that you would use for apples or veggies and the whole kumquats just go right through.


Melissa {lilmisscakes} February 25, 2014 at 8:24 am

This recipe sounds so delicious and unique!


Sarah Klinkowitz February 25, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I tend to like sour drinks, so this seems lovely!


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