Brighten up your Vodka
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As I planned to be home in Louisiana for Christmas I looked forward to all of my dad's citrus trees. I imagined picking satsumas and eating them instantly. I looked forward to picking and grapefruits from the trees in the morning and turning them into a glass of juice. What I don't love eating as much are the Kumquats. They are so cute but not so enjoyable after one or two. So I called my dad and said this year we would make Kumquat infused Vodka in an effort to make better use of these adorable mini oranges.
Hence, like the sage butter, this is another great winter preserve of nature's bounty.
INGREDIENTS AND RECIPE
What you need: Glass jars, Fresh Kumquats & Vodka
Pick ripe Kumquats
Tart and/or Sweet Kumquats. My dad grows both so we made separate jars of each. The tart ones are oblong like olives and the round ones are, just round.
Wash (in case there is bird poop on your kumquats)
Pick off any stems and cut in half
Vodka (any Vodka will do) Tho, I don't recommend a cheap, harsh one like Taaka. Even the best fruit cannot cover up the rubbing alcohol taste of that stuff.
Add Kumquats to jar and pour in vodka. Depending on strength of kumquat flavor will determine how many to add to jar. Since we had so many we just filled the jars to the top.
Let the Kumquats infuse the Vodka for 3-4 days. Shake one a day. Keep in a cool, dry place. Since it's winter, leaving the jars outside works well.
Family and Friends & glasses
Once you have determined it has infused long enough (determine by tasting), share with family and friends as an apéritif for Christmas!!!
Serve chilled and straight up.
Garnish with a vodka soaked kumquat wedge
A jar of your homemade Kumquat Vodka is also a great Christmas and New Year Present.
**Note - many recipes recommend removing the fruit if it will not be consumed within the first week. I imagine it may get bitter if left in for too long.
Though, what do do with all of these vodka soaked kumquats???
My idea is to freeze them and when you are ready to serve the vodka add them not only as garnish but as ice too.
What do you do with all of your extra Kumquats??? Or do you actually eat them all???