Kumquat-Ginger Whisky Sour

When we made a big batch of kumquat-ginger syrup, we decided to find cocktails that would make the best use of it. This is one of our favorites: Kumquat Whisky Sours.
Kumquat-Ginger Whisky Sour

I love tart drinks but I hate commercial sour mix (too many memories of cheap margaritas and the horrors that come from imbibing them with youthful abandon). What’s nice about this cocktail is that the tart flavor comes from three kinds of citrus (lemon, lime and kumquat) so it’s fresh and light, not cloying and chemical-tasting.

Kumquat-Ginger Whisky Sour
Kumquat-Ginger Whisky Sour

This was Matt’s favorite of the three cocktails we made using our Kumquat-Ginger Syrup.

You can balance the sweet to tart ratio to your taste by varying the amount of syrup you add to the mix. Matt likes his on the tart side, so he used 1 oz. I like mine just a touch sweeter and went with 1 1/2 oz.

Cocktail glasses with a bright yellow citrus drink
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Kumquat-Ginger Whisky Sour

When we made a big batch of kumquat-ginger syrup, we decided to find cocktails that would make the best use of it. This is one of our favorites: Kumquat Whisky Sours.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Author: Emily Clifton – Nerds with Knives

Ingredients

  • 1 – 1 1/2 oz Kumquat-Ginger syrup add more for a sweeter drink, less for a more tart one
  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon like Bulleit or Maker’s Mark
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice 1/4 lemon approx
  • 1/2 oz lime juice 1/2 lime approx

Instructions

  • Place the syrup (including a few slices of candied kumquats), lemon and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and muddle a few times to extract all the flavor out of the kumquats. Fill shaker with ice and add bourbon. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel twist.
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