Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some fresh rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone’s favorite cocktail with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug (affiliate link) optional, but totally encouraged.

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone's favorite drink with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug optional, but totally encouraged. (via feastandwest.com)

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Right after the holidays, I made a last-minute trip to the grocery store to get, like, three things. You know, those inevitable things that are mentally on your list — but not on your actual list — and always escape you in the moment?

I really despise those kinds of trips to the grocery store. If only I had just remembered to get those few things in the first place!

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone's favorite drink with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug optional, but totally encouraged. (via feastandwest.com)

But this time, I spied some gems.

Gems in the form of kumquats, that is.

I’ve tried kumquat juices in cocktails at bars and in marmalade. But somehow I had never eaten the fruit! I brought home two pints and dared myself to eat them. Bravery in its finest.

These tiny citrus fruits have a sweet peel that you can eat. (Plus, they’re so small, you wouldn’t really want to peel them!) The juice, pulp and seeds inside are much more tart, even bitter sometimes. Together, they make for a sweet and sour citrus fruit that’s fun to eat.

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone's favorite drink with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug optional, but totally encouraged. (via feastandwest.com)

I thought they would be ultra delicious in a Moscow mule.

For this Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule, I started with a rosemary-infused simple syrup. Rosemary and citrus go well together, and a kumquat pairing is no different.

Then, I poured some of the rosemary simple syrup into a glass and muddled it with kumquat halves and vodka. This helps the kumquat skin to release its sweetness and forces some of the juices out, too. Moscow mules usually contain lime, but here the kumquat works just as well.

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone's favorite drink with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug optional, but totally encouraged. (via feastandwest.com)

Lastly, I topped the drinks with my favorite non-alcoholic ginger beer. I garnished them with more kumquats and sprigs of fragrant rosemary.

By the way, aren’t those glasses amazing? I’m in love. I picked them up at an antique store when I visited Phoenix last year and I have been saving them for just the right cocktail! Thankfully the Internet has some similar glass and copper mugs that are just as cute.

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone's favorite drink with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug optional, but totally encouraged. (via feastandwest.com)

So, if you spy kumquats on your next grocery trip, pick some up! Try these little gems in your next cocktail. Eat them whole. Cut them up and put them in your salads. (Trying that next.) Be brave, friends.

Because sometimes? Bravery results in a Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule. You won’t be disappointed. // susannah

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone's favorite drink with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug optional, but totally encouraged. (via feastandwest.com)

Pick up some pearly kumquats, cut some rosemary and combine for a totally new way to appreciate winter citrus. The Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule is a bright and refreshing variation on everyone's favorite drink with vodka and ginger beer. Copper mug optional, but totally encouraged. (via feastandwest.com)

Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule

Yield: 2 cocktails
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Moscow mules are typically made with lime, but try a sweet and sour kumquat instead!

Ingredients

For rosemary simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 6-inch rosemary sprigs

For Rosemary Kumquat Moscow Mule

  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 3 kumquats, halved, plus more for garnish
  • 8 ounces ginger beer
  • rosemary sprigs, for garnish
  • ice

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan on medium heat, combine sugar, water and rosemary sprigs. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Let cool completely. Store in a glass jar for up to 1 month.
  2. In two copper mule mugs or highball glasses, add rosemary simple syrup, vodka and 3 kumquat halves. Muddle the kumquats, mashing and squishing them so the juices and skins infuse their flavor into the vodka and syrup. Fill the glass completely with ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with a rosemary spring and a kumquat on the rim of the mug.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 550Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 8gSugar: 93gProtein: 1g

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  1. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says

    I feel you on the grocery store runs like that. Those are the story of my life these days. But hey – you got these beauties out of it, so it’s not all bad. 😉

    Also, it’s 4 o’clock on a Friday afternoon, and I wish I had one of these in hand because they sound INSANELY tasty! Cheers to the weekend, friend!

  2. Sam @ The Culinary Compass says

    I have to be honest and say I’ve never had a kumquat! This looks like the perfect reason to try them though!

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