This tasty refreshing Kumquat Basil Ginger Limeade is perfect when you want a fancy drink but don’t want a headache on the next day!
Is it only me or are there other people who love cocktails but hate when they taste too much like alcohol? The best cocktails for me are the ones who taste like they are made without alcohol. I know weird!
The only cocktail I really like is a rum based one from Pusser’s Bar in Munich which we made on New Year’s Eve for us but only with a small amount of rum.
But I’m much more a fan of mocktails and flavored lemonades like this Kumquat Basil Ginger Limeade which is made with fresh basil leaves and Kumquats. Kumquats are like small oranges, you can eat the whole (small) fruit with peel and cores. They are a bit hard to find but it’s worth searching for them because they taste so good. I had to actually stop myself snacking on them as they waited in the fridge to be used for this drink.
At first, I hesitated a bit to eat the peel because it looks like orange peel and you wouldn’t eat the peel of an orange. But I have to admit I’m quite lazy. So I made a taste test and confirmed my findings with a quick google search: You should eat the peel because the aroma sits in the peel where the essential oils are. Perfect fruit for me!
This Kumquat Basil Ginger Limeade is also perfect for “lazy” party hosts. It’s embarrassingly easy to make and for those who want a bit of a kick in their drink you can add a splash of rum or PIMM’S No. 1.
You can also replace the ginger ale with sparkling water. One of my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Munich serves a similar drink with water and mint which is really great but quite expensive so I like to make my own version at home.
How about some Easy Flatbread Caprese Pizza with your tasty drink?
Kumquat Basil Ginger Limeade
- 1 organic lime
- 4 kumquats
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 6 leaves basil
- 20 oz Ginger Ale
- Ice cubes
- Cut the lime and place half of the pieces in each glass. Quarter three of the kumquats and divide them between the glasses. Put one teaspoon of brown sugar and 3 basil leaves into each glass.
- Mash fruits and sugar with a muddler to release their flavour.
- Add some ice cubes to each glass and top up with ginger ale.
- Stir a little bit to combine the flavours, garnish the glass with a kumquat half and serve with a straw.
- Enjoy your Kumquat Basil Ginger Limeade!