Cranberry Margaritas with Kumquat
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1 drink
A classic cocktail made with some less than common ingredients makes for an instant crowd pleaser!
For the cranberry simple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 2-3 kumquats, optional
For the drink
  • About 7-8 kumquats, sliced and seeds removed, plus more slices for garnish
  • 1½ oz tequila
  • 1½ oz triple sec
  • ½ oz cranberry simple syrup
Cranberry simple syrup:
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cranberries.
  2. Heat until it comes to a boil, stirring occasionally, then simmer for 5-10 minutes. During the last minute or two of cooking, I add the zest of a few kumquats (it’s hard to get all of the zest off, obviously, so just a few swipes to release the essential oils) and then throw them in whole – they’ll permeate the syrup while cooling.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Strain into a glass jar and discard the cranberries/kumquats.
  1. Add the sliced kumquats into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle them to break them up and release their flavors.
  3. Add the tequila, triple sec, and cranberry simple syrup and a little ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass with ice.
  4. Garnish with extra kumquat slices (I also added the ones from the shaker in for extra flavor); you can also salt the rim of the glasses if desired.
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at