Nothing brings on more summer vibes than getting creative with your hydration of booze. Like how many ice-cold refreshing, deliciously fresh, garden grown, fruity sweet flavor combos can one come up with on the fly? Never enough.
Had a real treat waiting around in my pantry for use - homemade kumquat jam gifted to me by E. Kumquats are the perfect tart and so as a jam offer wide range of random uses. Reduced to a simple syrup, this could go far with so many different drinks. Fresh citrus to hold up the tart syrup, the subtle, peppery flavor of homegrown basil is what really did the trick. Take those super flavors and add just a bit of seltzer and our favorite fruit mixer *tequila - so easily you have the ultimate summer cocktail that only a crazy person would have to dislike.
1 tbsp kumquat jam (more or less depending on taste)
2 oranges, we used navel
1/4 cup candied ginger
4 to 5 basil leaves
2 bottles sparkling orange seltzer
*makes two drinks
1. Reduce kumquat jam and diced candied ginger on low heat until syrup consistency.
2. Squeeze oranges and pour into mixer. Add cooled kumquat syrup and tequila and shake thoroughly.
3. Evenly pour between both glasses, and then add orange seltzer. Top off with basil leaves.
4. Garnish with orange slice and leftover candied ginger.