3 lbs kumquats
2 (1.5 liter) bottles 80 or 100-proof vodka, divided
4 cups water
4 cups sugar
1. Put the kumquats in a jar or bottle, add 1 bottle vodka and seal tightly. Leave the jar to steep until the fruit loses it’s color, at least 2 weeks.
3. Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and boil until it turns clear. Let the syrup cool completely.
4. Strain the vodka from the fruit and mix it with the remaining bottle of vodka and the syrup. Put the liqueur in bottles, seal tightly and let the components come together for at least 1 week before using. Store the liqueur in the freezer.
Note : You could replace the kumquats for any other citrus fruit and create a liqueur of a different flavor. For example lemons would make the classic limoncello.