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.

Kumquat and Fennel Smash
Sean McClure of Craft in NYC (via Serious Eats)

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
Ice
Fever Tree tonic water
Garnish: 1 kumquat, sliced in rounds, on a toothpick

1. Combine and muddle the 3 kumquats, the chopped fennel, lemon juice and agave nectar in a shaker.

2. Add orange juice and ice. Pour the entire contents of the shaker into a large old-fashioned glass, top with the tonic water and garnish.

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Ashley,
    The combination of of fennel and kumquat is so intriguing to me, I’d love to taste this.
    Thanks!

  • spabettie

    this sounds awesomely flavorful, good with or without a spike! I think I’d add vodka… Cheers!