Kumquat Lime Margaritas | Whole Green Love

10 May

I was hitting up Trader Joe’s the other week and I came across these cute little guys.



I’d never had them before. They were too cute to pass up. I often come across different foods that I haven’t tried before (this usually happens at the farmers’ market) and I must buy them to experiment.

These little cutie kumquats are seriously sour though! They are not a snack food, like I was hoping they would be. I was hoping I could give them to Lyla to try something different than the clementines she’s obsessed with. Too too sour!

So when you don’t know how to eat a food, turn it into an alcoholic beverage. Duh.

Kumquat Lime Margaritas

Serves 4

1 pint of kumquats, cut in half and seeded

½ cup water (or enough water to get your blender going)

1/2 – 3/4 cup tequila

8 oz lime simple syrup (see recipe below)

8 oz club soda


Course salt for the glass rims

Combine kumquats and water in a blender (or use your immersion blender) and blend until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove the pulp. Set aside.

Combine the tequila and simple syrup in a pourable container.

Rim each glass with salt and add a small handful of ice to each glass. Scoop 3 tablespoons of kumquat puree into each glass. Divide the tequila mixture between all glasses. Pour about 2 oz of club soda into each glass. Stir to combine.

Lime simple syrup:

¼ cup water

½ cup cane sugar

The juice of 3 limes

1 tsp lime zest (optional, for a little extra zest. Ha! Get it? Zest?)

Combine water, sugar, and lime juice in a small saucepan on the stove. Heat and stir often over medium high heat until the mixture boils. Stir to dissolve the sugar and then remove from heat to cool. Add in the zest after the mixture has cooled.

This margarita recipe would be fabulous with a different fruit puree too! Kumquats may be hard to find and I’ll be honest, they aren’t the quickest fruit to prepare for a puree with the cutting and de-seeding. This margarita would be equally as delicious with strawberry or mango as well. Give some other flavors a try!

Do you have a favorite margarita recipe?

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