Kumquat Whiskey Sour Recipe


Kumquats, those little orange orbs with a sweet peel and tart flesh, are one of the fruits I look forward to most in the winter. They're great for snacking (just pop them in your mouth until your tongue goes numb from the tartness), or even better, whip up a cocktail.

This recipe for a kumquat whiskey sour by Feizal Valli at the Hot & Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama is perfect for a little winter pick-me-up. It pairs the bright, zesty flavor of kumquats, fresh lemon, and lime juice with the rich warmth of whiskey. It's perfectly balanced and a little dangerous—it's so delicious, you're going to want more than one.

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Recipe Details

Kumquat Whiskey Sour Recipe

Active 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 2 servings


  • 1 lemon, juiced

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 3 kumquats, sliced and deseeded

  • 2 1/2 ounces simple syrup

  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon, like Maker's Mark or Bulleit

  • Garnish: kumquat round


  1. To create the sour mix, combine lemon juice, lime juice, kumquats, and simple syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth. You'll have enough sour mix for two cocktails.

  2. For each drink, combine 2 ounces of the kumquat sour mix with 1.5 ounces bourbon in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a kumquat round.

Special equipment

blender, cocktail shaker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
258 Calories
1g Fat
67g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 258
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 166mg 832%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 746mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)