Get a hit of tangy winter sunshine with this bright, citrusy juice blend from Rouge Tomate in NYC.
Note:For the candied kumquats at the bottom of Rouge Tomate's Winter Citrus Punch, head bartender Cristian Molina cuts off the top off kumquats and vacuum seals them with tangerine flower honey. At home, you can make your own by cutting the tops off of kumquats and covering them with honey inside a tightly sealed jar.
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- Yield:Makes 1 cocktail, plus extra candied kumquats and purée
- Active time: 25 minutes
- Total time:2 days
- For the candied kumquats and kumquat puree:
- 25 kumquats, divided
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 cups water, divded
- 2/3 cup fresh orange juice, from about 2 1/2 oranges
- For the cocktail:
- 5 tarragon leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh clementine juice, from about 2 clementines
- 1/4 cup fresh blood orange juice, from about 1 blood orange
- 2 tablespoons fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, from 1 grapefruit
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, from 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon bottled unsalted yuzu juice
- 1 tablespoon kumquat puree
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 candied kumquat
- Garnish: freshly ground black pepper
For the candied kumquats: Cut tops off of 15 kumquats and remove any seeds with the tip of a knife. In a small saucepan, bring honey and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Reduce to a bare simmer. Add kumquats and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour kumquats in honey syrup mixture into a resealable jar and refrigerate overnight, or up to 2 weeks.
For the kumquat puree: Halve remaining 10 kumquats lengthwise and remove seeds with the tip of a knife. In a small saucepan, bring halved kumquats, remaining 1/2 cup water, and orange juice to a simmer. Let simmer 10 minutes, remove from heat and let cool. Place entire mixture in a blender and puree. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a resealable container. Kumquat purée keeps up to 5 days in the refrigerator and makes enough for several cocktails.
For each cocktail cocktail: In a mixing glass (or sturdy bowl), muddle the tarragon lightly. Fill shaker with ice. Add clementine juice, blood orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, yuzu juice, kumquat puree, and white pepper to shaker and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
Place one candied kumquat at bottom of glass. Fill glass with pebble ice and fine-strain juice blend into glass. Garnish with black pepper and serve.