Kumquat-Tangerine Liqueur

three infused liqueurs
Photo: Justin Walker
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 days
5 to 6 cups

Gifting a bottle of homemade liqueur will surprise, delight, and impress the lucky recipients on your list this year. The kumquat-tangerine version, pictured center, makes for a divine citrus drop cocktail, and can be sipped on its own chilled, like limoncello, too. You can download the free, printable gift tags you see on the bottles here.


  • 3 lemons

  • 3 tangerines

  • 1 ¼ cups kumquats, halved

  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) vodka, such as Smirnoff

  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups Simple Syrup


  1. Peel strips of zest from lemons and tangerines with a vegetable peeler, avoiding white pith; reserve fruit for another use. Put zest, kumquats, and vodka in a large nonreactive jar; cover and let stand at room temperature 2 to 3 days. Stir in simple syrup to taste. Refrigerate 1 day.

  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, reserving some fruit for garnish, if desired. Divide among clean jars. Add some soaked fruit or strips of zest, if desired. Refrigerate up to 3 months.

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