It’s summer. Where I live, that means multiple consecutive weeks of 100+ degree heat. It means overworked air conditioners, being out of town as much as possible, and ice cold drinks. And of the legion of refreshing alcoholic beverages clamoring for your attention, may I humbly suggest you try this one? It’s incredible. A friend gave me the recipe, and it’s amazing. Subtle kumquat muddled with refreshing mint and a background of white rum? How can that be anything but awesome? So give it a try and treat yourself to this incredible summer drink.
Start by pouring some white rum, the juice of half a lime, some simple syrup (50/50 mix of sugar and water by volume boiled together until the sugar dissolves), and a bunch of mint leaves into a shaker or pint glass.
Muddle the heck out of it. Make sure you crush the kumquats really well to get all their juice out, and get good flavor out of the mint.
Add in some ice cubes, cover, shake hard to chill everything, then strain it out into a glass. Top with some club soda.
Garnish with mint and a whole kumquat, and enjoy. Repeat. If you’re anywhere near where I live, repeat often.
- 2 oz good white rum
- 1/2 lime squeezed. A full lime if you want more.
- 1/2 oz fresh simple syrup or more to taste.
- 3-4 kumquats plus more to garnish
- 8-12 mint leaves plus more to garnish
Muddle rum, lime, and simple syrup with 3-4 fresh kumquats and 8-12 good mint leaves.
Shake over ice hard.
Strain into a glass of crushed ice with plenty of fresh mint and a few halved kumquats.
Top with soda and stir.