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  • Kumquat and Mango Mojito

    Posted on | May 9, 2007 | 37 Comments |

    Another Mojito recipe, you ask? Well, I hear that this blog has been typecasted as the cocktail blog, so to live up to the name Siv and I are trying to build a nice database of cocktail recipes. Ha ha, not really, but we haven’t been cooking much lately and haven’t been to any new restaurants, the only recipes pending in my drafts are two cocktails. So here is another sunny Mojito recipe for your drinking pleasure!

    Check out my previous Mojito post to learn how to make a classic Mojito.  Siv made this fabulous variation last weekend when we had some friends over for drinks before going to watch the Russell Peters show at the Moore Theatre. Russell Peters is a Canadian born Stand-up comedian of Indian origin, the most Non-PC comic I have ever seen, but hilarious nonetheless! Check out his website for more info.

    This drink is inspired by a Kumquat Mojito recipe from the New Asian Cuisine – Fabulous Recipes from Celebrity Chefs cookbook. The original recipe is by Chris Johnson, co-owner of New York’s Bao 111 restaurant. Siv modified the recipe by adding fresh mangoes and slightly changed the technique, and the drink was so refreshingly colorful and tasted just wonderful! 

    For those who haven’t heard of kumquats, these are tiny citrus fruits that look like miniature oranges. Since the rind is sweet and the inside is sour, kumquats are normally eaten whole along with the rind to contrast the sweet and sour flavors, a fact I learned from Susan of the delicious blog Food Blogga. Her almost pornographic description of her first kumquat bite made me run to the store to buy a big bag of these tiny fruits! This is the first time we are trying a recipe with kumquats though.

    I normally don’t take step by step pictures of a recipe, mainly due to my laziness. But in this case, the end product looked plain and simple, but the in-betweens were much more colorful, so I have some pictures of the process too.

    Mango, kumquats and mint leaves muddled:

    Muddled fruits in rum:


    (For one drink)

    • 3 kumquats + 1 for garnish
    • 10 mint leaves
    • 1/4 cup of skinned and diced ripe mango
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 2 oz white rum
    • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
    • Crushed ice
    • 1 oz Club soda


    Cut kumquats into half. In a large pitcher, muddle kumquats along with the mango pieces, mint leaves and sugar to release the juices. Add the rum and lime juice and stir well to combine. Add club soda and ice and mix well.

    Strain the drink into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with kumquats and mint leaves. To make the garnish in the picture, make a small slit on top of a kumquat and fix the mint sprig in it. Make a slightly larger slit in the opposite side to fix it on the glass.

    Enjoy the delicious Mojito!

    I am sending this to Deepa of Recipes N More for A Fruit A Month (AFAM) event, May’s fruit is Mango.  

    Update April 2008

    This is also my entry for AFAM – Kumquat hosted by Margot at Coffee and Vanilla in April 2008

    Upcoming post: Sangria!

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    37 Responses to “Kumquat and Mango Mojito”

    1. Swapna
      May 9th, 2007 @ 3:53 am

      Oh yes, Sig. Your blog has so many mouth-watering drinks. The latest is an addition too. I have never tasted a mojito till now and I sure haven’t tried Kumquat too. Lovely colorful pics

    2. Swapna
      May 9th, 2007 @ 3:54 am

      Oh, I forgot to mention that you could send this as an AFAM entry. The fruit of the month is Mango.

    3. Roopa
      May 9th, 2007 @ 4:31 am

      Sig, i falling in love with you drinks…. yumm…
      i am toolazy to make drinks… but your post is going to make me try

    4. musical
      May 9th, 2007 @ 4:50 am

      Sig, sweetie, you love Kumquats too! i guess, i might have to give this one a try :-D . and am looking forward to sangria. i have had it at a Spanish friend’s house and i quite enjoyed it.

    5. bee
      May 9th, 2007 @ 5:17 am

      yeah, rum tastes better with things in it. esp mango and lime.

    6. Richa
      May 9th, 2007 @ 11:28 am

      what a colorful post, sig !! that kumquat/mint garnish looks so cute:) so is it going to be ‘Live To Drink’ henceforth ha!ha!ha!

    7. Sandeepa
      May 9th, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

      This blog is beautiful with all the spring colors around Sig.
      I have had Sangria, liked it

    8. Asha
      May 9th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

      Beautiful photography Sig! I know how hard it is to take photos of drinks in a glass.
      Looks wonderful,love the Mojitos!:))

    9. DEEPA
      May 9th, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

      Excellent Pics …Sig you can send me this entry for “mango fruit of the month”…Would be an excellent entry …

    10. Mishmash !
      May 9th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

      I liked the mint sprig pierced into the kumquat…it gives a crown to the king kumquat or Queen Kumquat..:))


    11. Susan
      May 9th, 2007 @ 10:02 pm

      What beautifully colorful mangoes and kumquats! Thanks for the mention, Sig! You’re a sweetie!

    12. Sukanya Ramkumar
      May 9th, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

      WoW..It looks so refreshing…Nice colour…lovely pic

    13. Pravs
      May 10th, 2007 @ 12:00 am

      Hey sig, i am getting drowned in all that cocktails and now mojito to try list :p
      Great looking drink !

    14. Cynthia
      May 10th, 2007 @ 12:16 am

      Sig – I want to start with an apology. All this time I could have sworn that I have been visiting and commenting on your blog through my feeds! It is only a short while ago when I typed in the address for the blog that I realised that I have never actually been here. I think with all the three letter S-es in the blog world I got confused. Please accept my sincere apologies. You have been so kind to be regularly visiting my blog and commenting and I have been… to say the least BAD!

      Your blog is amazing – I love all the stuff you have here and the cocktails WOW, you have and Siv have to come down here and open a cocktail bar. I love fruity cocktails.

      Really cool blog.

    15. Sushma
      May 10th, 2007 @ 2:13 am

      I agree your blog is Best Cooktail Blog…so many recipes you have here with beautiful pictures

    16. Sig
      May 10th, 2007 @ 2:50 am

      Swapna, thanks… hmm… u should try this mojito, two birds with one shot :)

      Roopa… yeah, tell me about laziness :) Drinks are worth it though

      Musie yeah, now I am in love with kumquats… Sangria coming up soon…

      Bee I always thought it was the other way around, mango and lime tastes better with Rum ;)

    17. Prema Sundar
      May 10th, 2007 @ 2:53 am

      Lovely pictures Sig… I haven’t tasted kumquat and mojito before..looks great.

    18. Sig
      May 10th, 2007 @ 2:55 am

      Richa, talking about colorful posts, I saw an amazing colorful array of fruits just now… wait that was yours, wasn’t it? :) … Hey, I love that name, Live To Drink… I might have to rename this :D

      Sandeepa, yes I remember you are a wine person right, so I can imagine, you’d love Sangria…

      Asha, oh yeah…. drinks are really hard… frtunately this was a colorful one, lychee martini was the hardest :)

      Deepa, I was going to make another mango dish, but sent this one anyway… I might send one more if I get to it..

    19. Sig
      May 10th, 2007 @ 2:58 am

      Shn hehe… Queen kumquat it is… now that you mentioned that, she really looks like a queen…

      Susan… Thank you, for introducing me to kumquats… really that was some amazing writing… :)

      Sukanya, thanks :)

      Pravs, I think you would love this one… do try…goes well with simply spicy food. :)

    20. Sig
      May 10th, 2007 @ 3:06 am

      Cynthia lol, that’s very sweet of you… I leave a comment on the blogs I love, it doesn’t matter if you don’t return the favor :) … but it is nice of you to say that…. Three letter S-es, that is funny, but you are right, sia, shn, sig… it could get really confusing… And thanks for your nice words about my blog, fruity cocktails are my favorites too… :)

      Sushma haha, thanks, that is a nice complement. I didn’t mean it to be a cocktail blog, but somehow it ended up one :D

      Prema thanks, as I told Swapna, this is your recipe to kill two birds with one stone. :)

    21. Reena
      May 10th, 2007 @ 6:38 am

      sig, i saw the picture earlier but didn’t get time to comment then. but this color was there in front of my eyes for long. one thing which attracts me to cocktails is color; yellow, jade, blue, red all my favorites and then presentation. it is so beautiful. lots of color. mango!!!! hah! i love summer.

    22. Sia's Corner
      May 10th, 2007 @ 12:57 pm

      bit busy…just wanted to say i love the pic…will come back n leave comment later…hugs sweetie:)

    23. Sharmi
      May 10th, 2007 @ 2:01 pm

      a very different one for AFAM. I still haven’t thought about my entry.
      you have such innovative recipes on drinks. so many varieties to choose from.

    24. Sheela
      May 10th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

      Hey Sig, Nice! And thanks for your sweet comment on my soup…

      you know, D keeps buying kumquat in season and I try to use it in a few different ways without success, maybe your drink is the way to go!! The strong citrus flavor of kumquat makes it difficult to incorporate in recipes…

      And, I am lazy, like you mentioned, to take pictures of the process step by step – most days I just want to throw things together and gobble it down when ready :) Your photos look so colorful… and has inspired me to try at least one recipe with step by step pictures – hopefully soon!

      Now, you know, D & I stop by Seattle on and off to visit friends… may be I can ring your doorbell and impose on your hospitality one of these days!

    25. Ritu
      May 10th, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

      Can you throw in a pina colada recipe soon?

    26. Freya and Paul
      May 10th, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

      Your cocktails always look so good! And I love the idea of Kumquat and Mango together!

    27. Jeena
      May 10th, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

      Hi there I love your blog nice recipes :)

    28. Sig
      May 11th, 2007 @ 5:52 am

      Reena, oh yeah, summer is the best… I love the colors too, fresh fruits add color to all kinds of food…

      Sia, :) don’t worry darling… looks like you’d need a drink badly this weekend…

      Sharmi, yeah, AFAM is tough, mango is so great, it is confusing to pick one dish, I might send one more if I get around to it…

    29. Sig
      May 11th, 2007 @ 5:55 am

      Sheela, I know what you mean… Kumquat will be tough to incorporate in vegetarian recipes, but with seafood it is amazing…
      D and you are always welcome :) do drop me a line before you guys drop by next time.

      Ritu, are you my friend Ritu? :) … Sure we will post a pina colada recipe soon.

      Freya,thanks :) kumquat and mangoes sure were a nice combo…

      Jeena, thanks!

    30. Mango Power Girl
      November 20th, 2007 @ 8:57 pm

      This looks really yummy…I’ll have to give it a try :( Martini):

      Thanks MPG, good to see you here..

    31. Coffee and Vanilla
      April 30th, 2008 @ 1:07 pm


      I’m hosting AFAM – kumquats this month, today is the last day and I would love to have this recipe as your entry.

      Thank you, Margot

    32. Coffee and Vanilla
      May 2nd, 2008 @ 8:28 am


      Just a short note to let you know that April’s AFAM (Kumquats) round-up is now online:


    33. Brad & Amanda
      March 24th, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

      Just thought that we would let you know that this recipe is amazing. We already decided to grow a Kumquat tree, but now we nee a Mango tree! Too bad, (and a good thing) that we live in Zone 8 and cant grow a mango tree, because this drink is DANGEROUSLY ADDICTIVE!!!


      Brad & Amnada

    34. Alicia Keys
      January 9th, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

      First of all, you can never have too many mojito recipes! I’ve never actually had a kumquat. This gives me good reason to try :)

    35. Michelle
      April 2nd, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

      Drink sounds delicious! Is there an alternative to this drink without the rum? An alcohol free version of this drink. Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try!

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