Cumquats and Gin


Well I just love cumquats, those little balls of sour goodness. Hard to find in this part of the world in shops, you must know the location of a tree or have a good (Italian) neighbour. I got lucky this year, finding 2 trees in public spaces, and as few people know the delights of these golden globes, they were not much in demand. I came home with a basket full.

This year I made Cumquats in Gin, and Cumquat Chutney.

You might also like to try Divine Cumquat Marmalade or Pickled Cumquats, or try some other jam – Crabapple and Pomegranate Jelly with Rosebuds.

Cumquats in Gin

To make the Cumquats in Gin, place equal quantities of pricked cumquats and sugar in a jar. Shake gently and some sugar will dissolve.  Cover fruit and sugar with Bombay Sapphire gin. Gently rotate periodically until sugar dissolves. Don’t be too fussy if some sugar remains. Store in a cupboard for 3 months before eating. I then store mine in the fridge and it lasts for years, if we don’t eat them first.

You can eat those little globes as they are, or sliced into cakes or even salads. Serve with icecream. You can strain the liqueur and bottle, but I like to leave it in the jar with those globes and use both as the inspiration strikes me. Even in the evening with a glass of something good, and some top quality chocolate, these are divine.

Do enjoy!




About Ganga108

Heat in the Kitchen, Cooking with Spirit. Temple junkie, temple builder, temple cleaner. Lover of life, people, cultures, travel. Champion of growth, change and awareness. Taker of photos. Passionate about family. Happy.
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15 Responses to Cumquats and Gin

  1. A beautiful flavour idea! I can imagine using this in so many ways.


  2. Another excuse to drink more gin :)


  3. I just bought some cumquats at the market yesterday and wondering what to do with these interesting little fruits. Thanks for the inspiration.


  4. I love cumquats too! Lovely post.


  5. Fabulous photo!!! And a great use for cumquats. Cumquat chutney sounds nice… actually anything chutney sounds nice :)


  6. Lucy says:

    ooooo….now that’s a great idea…and yes, that photo is STUNNING!!


  7. Fig & Quince says:

    I’ve never tasted cumquats but would like to give it a try and oh boy, do I like gin and your gin/cumquat concoction sounds divine. Sign me up!


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