While we were down on the farm we noticed the kumquat tree was still sprouting lots of fruit, so the morning we were driving back I got up early to pick a bagful to bring home.  Along the way I started searching for kumquat recipes – specifically ones to make a limoncello as a friend had suggested the idea the last time I brought kumquats home.

There are not many kumquatcello recipes to be found, but a couple served as my main guides since you essentially just need to modify a limoncello recipe.  The most helpful hint I found was on this blog about cutting one end off of each fruit to squeeze out the sour insides.

What you’ll need:

  • Kumquats
  • Vodka or Everclear
  • Large glass jar/s


First, wash & dry your kumquats

Then beginning slicing off the end of each, pinching to squeeze out the inside pit & juice – I found it worked best to slice off the end where the stem had been.

Place each rind into your clean jar/s.


Once all of your fruit is in the jar/s, fill with Vodka or Everclear – I used Vodka, but many limoncello recipes call for Everclear, so your choice!

Now the hard part, let it sit for 30-40 days, agitating a bit each day.  I’ll report back on how it turns out!




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