Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Jan 30, 2014

Ginger-Kumquat Smash

We're blessed to still have access to some really great winter fruit out here in SoCal, but most of you are suffering from negative zero temperatures and only citrus to choose from.  This Ginger-Kumquat Smash from The Kitchn uses ingredients that most of you can get access to at your local grocery store during this time of year.  Mix in a dark, spiced rum, and you'll feel like you're on some sandy beach in Jamaica.  I made some modifications to the original recipe, as I felt it was too gingery and not boozy or sweet enough for my taste.  My version is below.  And oh, because bitters make everything better, you can even add a few dashes of orange bitters as well!

Ginger-Kumquat Smash
  • 2 kumquats, sliced in half with seeds removed
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (or agave syrup, if you're trying to be a little healthier)
  • 1/3 tsp freshly grated ginger & juice
  • 3 oz dark rum (I used Crusoe Organic Spiced Rum)
  • Club soda, to taste
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (optional, I used my homemade ones)
- In a small glass, muddle the kumquats with the brown sugar.
- Add the ginger, rum, and orange bitters (optional), along with a couple of ice cubes and stir.
- Add some club soda, to taste.