1 C sugar, mixed with 1/4 C boiling water
3/4 C juice of Satsuma (5 or 6)
1.75 L Cruzan light rum (aged 2 years, tastes great and a good value)
8 star anise
12 allspice berries
24 kumquats - sliced and seeded
12 clementine slices
By finding a homebrew supply store, I acquired clear bottles, corks, heat-shrink foils and had custom labels printed. $25 covered the cost for the bottles and supplies. Both the foils caps and the printed labels made the presentation quite professional. So I may repeat this endeavor in the future. And if reviews of the taste are positive, may make this for other occasions.
It can be enjoyed straight up (chilled), on the rocks or with a splash of tonic or seltzer. A tablespoon or two drizzled over berries or ice cream (or both) is another suggested use. The base is rum, with star anise and allspice berry seasoning. Don't let the bright citrus colors fool you - the taste is rich with wintery spices.
Citrus unshiu is a seedless and easy-peeling citrus mutant of Chinese origin, introduced to the West via
It is commonly called mikan in
Its fruit is sweet and usually seedless, about the size of other mandarin oranges (Citrus reticulata), One of the distinguishing features of the satsuma is the distinctive thin, leathery skin dotted with large and prominent oil glands, which is lightly attached around the fruit, enabling it to be peeled very easily in comparison to other citrus fruits. The satsuma also has particularly delicate flesh, which cannot withstand the effects of careless handling.
Kumquats are slow-growing, evergreen shrubs or small trees from 2.5–4.5 meters tall, with dense branches, sometimes bearing small thorns The leaves are dark glossy green, and the flowers pure white, similar to other citrus flowers. Kumquats originated in China (they are noted in literature dating to the 12th century) and have long been cultivated there and in Japan. They were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune, collector for the London Horticultural Society, and shortly thereafter into North America.
In appearance the kumquat fruit resembles a miniature oval orange, 3–5 centimeters long and 2–4 centimeters wide. Depending on variety, peel color ranges from yellow to red. A Nagami kumquat has an oval shape, while a Marumi kumquat is round.
Kumquat fruit is generally in season from late autumn to mid-winter.