Kumquat and Fennel Smash
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Kumquat and Fennel Smash

This incredibly aromatic mocktail is delicious on its own or with a splash of gin!

Our February Supper Club dinner was all about citrus! We hosted this month, so we wanted to serve up a delicious cocktail to go along with our meal.

Enter this beauty.

Kumquat and Fennel Smash

Kumquats and fennel are muddled together to form the base of this fragrant beverage. Orange and lemon juices add even more citrus punch, and tonic water adds a welcome bit of effervescence.

I didn’t have any agave, but I did have brown rice syrup, so I substituted that and it worked out beautifully!

Kumquat and Fennel Smash

This was a huge hit with my Supper Club! A few of us added a splash of gin at the end, and it was fantastic like that, too. It’s a really interesting and unique beverage that also ends up being a snack, since you get bits of kumquat and fennel while you drink.

3 kumquats, cut in half
3 heaping tablespoons chopped fennel
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce agave nectar
1 1/2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
Fever Tree tonic water
Garnish: 1 kumquat, sliced in rounds, on a toothpick

See Serious Eats for the full recipe.

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


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