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Taylor McBride
Course Cocktail
Servings 1 drink


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
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 oz cranberry simple syrup


Cranberry simple syrup:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cranberries.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Strain into a glass jar and discard the cranberries/kumquats.


  • Add the sliced kumquats into a cocktail shaker.
  • Muddle them to break them up and release their flavors.
  • Add the tequila, triple sec, and cranberry simple syrup and a little ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass with ice.
  • 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.