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…

Ingredients:

2 oz kumquat infused vodka*

1 oz kumquat simple syrup**

1 handful chopped fennel bulb

Soda water

Ice

1 stalk  of fennel, trimmed for garnish

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Directions:

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.

Kumquat Fennel Vodka Soda