Tired of the same old vodka soda? This is a light, refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for summer. Kumquats are citrusy with sweet skins that balance their tart interiors. Fennel, on the other hand, acts as an herbaceous, almost anise-like compliment to the fruit. Soda water adds the sparkle. And, of course, there’s vodka…
Here’s how to make a Kumquat Fennel Sparkler…
2 oz kumquat infused vodka*
1 oz kumquat simple syrup**
1 handful chopped fennel bulb
1 stalk of fennel, trimmed for garnish
In an old fashioned glass, muddle the chopped fennel. Add syrup, vodka and 2 or 3 ice cubes. Fill to top of glass with soda water. Stir with fennel stalk and serve.
* Kumquat infused vodka:
To make your own kumquat infused vodka, simply chop up a handful of kumquats and put them in vodka. Let the two sit in the fridge together for at least 2 weeks.
** Kumquat Simple Syrup:
Creating your own kumquat-flavored simple syrup is easy. Boil water and stir in an equal amount of sugar, dissolving it completely. Remove from heat and add a handful of chopped kumquats, stirring occasionally until cool. Once cool, strain and transfer to an airtight container, storing it in your regrigerator. The simple syrup will be good for about 2 weeks.