slingshot – cumquat brandy

This is the last in line for a bunch of infused spirits that will make tasty home-made Christmas gifts. I feel the need to explain the title. It is a Black Seeds song and it rhymes with cumquat – but also the cumquats pack a punch (in a good way) hence the name Slingshot.


1 kg cumquats

7oo ml brandy

1 cup caster sugar

2 x 1 L glass jars or bottles

small glass jars or bottles for presents

Prick the cumquats well with a knife or fine skewer.
Layer the cumquats and sugar.
Pour in the brandy. Add water if the cumquats are not covered – just enough to cover them.
Seal jars tightly.
Store in a cool, dark place. Turn jars upside down twice to three times a week until sugar is dissolved.

Organise into small bottles close to Christmas. Add a few cumquats in these too.

Good to drink within 3-4 weeks. Best after 3 months – the sugars will develop so it will become less tart the longer it is left. Cumquats are nice to eat after finishing or you could enjoy them with ice-cream.

Serve a shot over ice. Top with soda water.


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