Let The Libation Season Begin - Kumquat A Story Of Life On A Balcony


 Kumquats on our balcony 

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As a BARWARE company we are in constant search of great drink recipes and alcohol road test we run on our blog!  This Monday we start the week with a lovely tour of our kumquat trees relegated to our balcony due to construction in our apt. 

Kumquats basking in the Sun

On a work trip to San Francisco two years ago I sat alone in the most chic of restaurants filled with Kumquat trees. Everyone likes to compare San Francisco to Europe. As a person who has been raised in Europe it has no comparison , however , it clearly proved itself to serving as inspiration of our interiors.


Kumquat Trees in our Bedroom

What is European is using tons of plants and trees in the interior of your home bring life colour and texture into the home. There is nothing more that calms the senses when one sees plants in a home. 

The kumquat plant is native to China.[4][5]. The earliest historical reference to kumquats appears in Imperial literature from the 12th century. They have long been cultivated in other parts of East Asia (Japan and Taiwan), South Asia (India), and Southeast Asia (especially the Philippines). They were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune, collector for the London Horticultural Society, and shortly thereafter were taken to North America and now are gaining mass popularity. 


Thomas' Kumquat Salad Recipe 

We have previously used the Kumquats from our tree in our salad recipe for our Melamine Salad Set and now wanted to use them for a great Holiday Drink Recipe. If you are stuck in cold weather this is a quick way to transport yourself to a tropical location with one sip!  


Our Kumquat Trees relegated to our Balcony due to construction  

Classic mojitos are made with rum, muddled mint and limes; Jean-Georges Vongerichten keeps things interesting by swapping the limes for tart kumquats and kalamansi concentrate, the frozen juice of the sour Asian citrus fruit. If kalamansi isn't available, regular orange juice concentrate tastes just as good. More Healthy Cocktails


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  • In a large pitcher, combine the halved kumquats and mint leaves. Using a large wooden spoon, vigorously muddle the mixture. Pour in the juice concentrate, rum and club soda and squeeze in the lime wedges. Fill the pitcher with ice and serve.

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