February 11, 2007

Kumquat Liqueur

1 pint vodka
6 kumquats, thinly sliced horizontally

In a glass jar, pour in the vodka. Add the kumquats*. Cover and allow to sit for at least 2 weeks in a dark cupboard to infuse.

*Taste a kumquat and if it is unusually sour, add some sugar to taste and shake until it is dissolved. You could also use just the peels and discard the fruit all together.
My thoughts:
Infused vodka is easy to make: just add some fruit to some vodka and let it sit. The hardest thing is waiting to try it! Kumquat liqueur can be used in place of any other citrus flavored liqueur in your favorite cocktail or you can drink it straight. Just remember in kumquats, it is the skin that is sweet (in addition to being edible) and the juice is sour so you need to use the whole fruit. You can adjust the number of kumquats you use to suit your personal tastes and can easily flavor as much alcohol as you would like.