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Kumquat Tea

Hot or cold, mixed with water, seltzer, or tea, kumquat tea is a delicious, refreshing drink any time of year. Have this concentrate on hand for when you need a sip beyond the ordinary.

Kumquat tea

Kumquat tea

Aah, tea — the ultimate drink for relaxation! Drinking tea is like giving your body a soothing spa session, but the relaxation comes from within. Not only does tea reduce some of your anxieties, but it’s a healthy and delicious way to cap off long summer afternoons or cold winter evenings. It’s no wonder tea has been around for nearly 5,000 years!

Fresh kumquats add a refreshing twist to level up this traditionally tasty drink. Kumquat Tea isn’t something you’ll come upon in your local tea spot, but if you have a kumquat tree it’s a great way to use them up. And it’s definitely something you can drink every day!

Like any kind of tea, you can enjoy your delicious Kumquat Tea either hot or cold. For the cold, concentrated version, you can add natural sweeteners like honey and sugar cane to balance out the kumquat’s inherent sourness. These also thicken the mixture. Throwing in some key limes will also even out the sweet-sour taste as they have a slightly bitter tang. Filtered water will give your cold Kumquat Tea that mildly earthy accent, adding to its tropical goodness. Hot afternoons will never be the same!

But if you’re feeling too chilly, some hot Kumquat Tea can wrap you in its warmth. This is a bit easier and quicker to do if you already have the cold concentrate. Just put two spoonfuls of your cold Kumquat Tea mixture in a mug. Add hot water or black tea and stir. Then it’s time to enjoy!

What’s great about this Kumquat Tea is that you can store the mixture in a jar and it will last for a couple of weeks. That way, you can have as much Kumquat Tea as you want any time of the day!

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Kumquat tea

Kumquat Tea

Hot or cold, mixed with water, seltzer, or tea, kumquat tea is a delicious, refreshing drink any time of year. Have this concentrate on hand for when you need a sip beyond the ordinary.

  • Author: Norann Oleson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x
  • Category: Beverages

Ingredients

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  • 2 dozen kumquats
  • 3 to 5 key limes
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup filtered water

Instructions

  1. Cut kumquats in half and remove any seeds.
  2. Cut key limes into thin slices, removing seeds as you go.
  3. Put kumquats, lime slices, honey, and cane sugar into a pan on medium heat.
  4. Stir gently to thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  5. Continue to cook over medium heat until the mixture bubbles and begins to caramelize.
  6. Add the filtered water.
  7. Continue simmering and stirring for about 5 minutes.
  8. Let the mixture cool.
  9. Transfer mixture to a sterilized glass jar. The concentrate mixture will store in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
  • To make tea:
  1. Put two spoonfuls into a mug.
  2. Pour hot water (or black tea) over the mixture and stir.
  3. Enjoy!

Have you tried this recipe? It’s so easy to make and delicious hot or cold—please tell us how it turned out for you. For more information on growing kumquats, check out our Crazy For Kumquats gardening guide.

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