Kumquat Smash

Susan Palmer | Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

The kumquat smash is a refreshing, unexpected drink! It’s a wonderful alternative to a margarita.

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You know how some people can’t be trusted in a shoe store, jewelry shop or way back in the day a record store? Well I’m that way in a special food store or farmer’s market. You can’t leave me alone or unsupervised because it’s likely I’ll spend way too much money and walk out of there with items I really don’t need but I just couldn’t resist trying out.

My latest victim is the adorable little kumquat — a hidden gem in the citrus family. Unlike traditional citrus that has a bitter white pith that’s not quite pleasant to eat, you can sit down and eat the entire fruit of a kumquat! If you’ve never tried one, they provide the perfect yin and yang of sweet and sour, which makes them perfect for a variety of uses.

I couldn’t resist turning these bright orange beauties in a refreshing cocktail, just perfect for springtime imbibing. While any spirit would work perfectly with it, I took the opportunity of soon-approaching Cinco de Mayo to turn this Kumquat Smash into a sweet and tangy alternative to the traditional margarita we all sit down to sip on with our tacos and guacamole.

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Easy enough to mix together, this kumquat smash is great for a crowd or to mix a small batch for yourself. It’s as simple as juicing a few limes, smashing some mint and halved kumquats together with agave to release their juices and shaking it up with tequila.

Kumquat Smash Image

Curious what type of tequila to use? I’ll leave that up to you since every person has their own opinion on what they like best. I prefer blanco or silver tequila for cocktails with an unaged taste and a great slate for building on.

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The drink can easily pack a punch and so if you feel like taking it easy, just add a splash of club soda for all day sipping and relaxing outside on your porch. 

File 1 Kumquat Smash

Kumquat Smash Recipe

  2 Servings


  • 20 Mint Leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • 10 Kumquats, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 ounces Light Agave Nectar
  • Ice Cubes
  • 4 ounces Blanco Tequila
  • Club Soda, optional


  1. Add the mint leaves, lime juice, halved kumquats and agave in a cocktail shaker and muddle until the kumquats break down and start to release their juices.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice, add the tequila, cover and shake for about 30 seconds or until the shaker is nice and cold.
  3. Pour the cocktail between two collins or old fashioned glasses. If necessary add more ice and if desired top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with mint, a slice of lime and half a kumquat. 


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Susan Palmer

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Susan bakes up delicious treats as the Girl in the Little Red Kitchen at home in Brooklyn. She's joined Food Fanatic as a Cocktails and Boozy Desserts Fanatic, and we could not be more excited!