Once you’ve made the Kumquat- Ginger Syrup, whipping up this drink is about as simple as it gets. Muddle some of the kumquats and their syrup in a rocks glass, add rum and a few ice cubes and stir. Top with some club soda. Bam, done.
Dark rum tends to have notes of vanilla and clove which is a lovely complement to the sweet/tart flavor of the kumquat syrup. The ginger in the syrup adds to the spiciness, making this a perfect drink in both warm and cold weather. It’s basically a Dark ‘N’ Stormy, with a twist. Yes, please.
- 1 oz Kumquat-Ginger Syrup
- 1½ oz dark rum
- Club soda
- Place the syrup (including a few slices of candied kumquats) in the bottom of a rocks glass. Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, smash the kumquat until lightly pulped. Add the rum, and a few cubes of ice. Stir gently. Top up with a splash of club soda or seltzer.