Blended Kumquat Margarita
Blended margaritas usually conjure up thoughts of the late 80s/early 90s, big hair, tanned skin, and Cabo San Lucas. But this tasty version combines seasonal fruit, fresh-squeezed juice, and good tequila. Fun fact: kumquats are packed full of healthy nutrients, like vitamin C and fiber. You know that what means: the more the merrier because it’s basically just like drinking a smoothie. It’s healthy, people!
Caution: drink slowly to savor and avoid brain freeze.
Makes: (1) 8 - 10 oz drink
7 whole kumquats, washed (reserve 1 for garnish)
2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 2-3 limes)
2 oz good tequila (silver)
1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 1/2 of a juicy orange)
1 tbsp simple syrup (omit if you like your beverage very tart)
Ice, fill 8-10 oz glass
Combine first 6 ingredients in a VitaMix or high-speed blender. Blend until fully combined and to desired consistency. (I like to blend mine the consistency of a slushy.)
Rim glass with edge of citrus (lime or orange), and roll in Sonoran Sea Salt. Gently pour blended margarita into glass. Slice reserved kumquat in half to garnish.
Bar notes: Kumquats are a hearty citrus fruit that look similar to an orange, but are much smaller... about the size of a large grape. Another fun fact: the skin is totally edible and is arguably the best part! It’s soft, shiny, and sweet, while the fruit inside is tart. They are typically in season from January through April so get them while you can! You can usually find kumquats at specialty grocery stores across the country and at farmer’s markets when in season.