Kumquats may look like miniature oranges but make no mistake they are very different…
Kumquats have an edible rind which is tender and sweet. Oranges have inedible rinds.
Kumquat flesh is dry and very tart. The flesh of an orange is sweet with a bit of tartness.
Kumquats are more expensive than oranges. I paid $6.99 for 12 ounces. Oranges would have costed me 99 cents for a pound.
Both kumquats and oranges are rich in vitamin C. Both fruits have seeds.
For sweet cocktail lovers please note…this cocktail is NOT SWEET! It has the tartness of kumquat with just a hint of sweet and lots of fun bubbles.
Kumquat Champagne Cocktail
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced kumquats
1/3 cup Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1/4 cup sugar
1 750-ml bottle brut Champagne, well chilled (I used sparkling wine for this recipe since I rarely use true champagne to make cocktails.)
- Using back of large spoon, mash first 3 ingredients in bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Strain mixture through fine sieve set over bowl, pressing on solids.
- Pour 2 tablespoons kumquat syrup into each of four 6-ounce Champagne flutes. Fill each with 2/3 cup Champagne.
Garnish with candied kumquats. (I saved the kumquats from the cocktail kumquat syrup to make the candied kumquats.)
12 ounces sliced kumquats
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Place water and sugar in a saucepan. Stir to combine. Heat to boiling and then reduce heat to a simmer. Add kumquat slices and stir to coat the slices with sugar water. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
I also served the candied kumquats with Roasted Pork Loin finished with Oliveto Olive Wood Smoked Olive Oil…divine! So easy, I just put a small pork loin in a baking pan, drizzled it with some of the wood smoked olive oil (gives the pork a little hint of smokey flavor)and sprinkled it with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning. Baked in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. After I took it out of the oven I drizzled it with some more of the smoked olive oil and served each portion of pork with a spoonful of the candied kumquats.