You can thank Martha Stewart for the bright and sparkly Ginger-Kumquat Collins cocktail you see here. Though it’s not her recipe I’m going to give her some backhanded credit anyway.
You see, I was thumbing through a decade-old copy of Martha Stewart Living recently. It wasn’t really looking for anything more than a distraction from the Corona doldrums and Martha’s magazine is a guilty pleasure of mine. Sure it bugs that almost everything about the magazine is geared towards women. But that’s alright, I skip right past the make-up tips and arts and crafts stuff and look at her recipes. She always features creative yet approachable seasonal ingredients with pretty pictures.
Or, I should say she usually does.
Its spring here in Los Angeles and it really feels like it too. So I’m not sure why I pulled out a November issue of the magazine, but I did and I came across this sentiment: “Greet Thanksgiving guests with a tart and tangy kumquat sour cocktail.”
Where I live kumquats are a spring crop. In fact, my kumquat tree is brimming with fruit as I type this. So her cocktail seemed odd to me. As did the Cranberry-Kumquat Sauce she was serving with her turkey.
Ok, cranberries and thanksgiving I get, but how did kumquats come to be associated with Thanksgiving. Did the Pilgrims grow kumquats in specialized off-season greenhouses? Martha’s Thanksgiving cocktail featured kumquats stirred with bourbon, I guess the bourbon in some way makes it a holiday tipple. But not the kumquats.
These are the things I think about in lockdown. I know they may not seem all that important but at least they led me outside on a beautiful spring day to harvest the last of my kumquats. I have Martha to thank for that, but I’ll take the rest of the credit for this Ginger-Kumquat Collins cocktail. Thank you very much. It’s a springy riff on the classic Tom Collins. It’s easy to make, it’s pretty in the glass. It’s a little sweet and a little sour. It may seem like a light little sparkler, but this Ginger-Kumquat Collins is still plenty potent enough to work its warm weather magic. GREG