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Smashing Leaves Kumquat Cocktail

This kumquat cocktail—a spin on the Whiskey Sour—uses the citrus to brighten the dark oak and vanilla flavors of bourbon. Japanese mint adds an herbal edge.


  • 3 kumquats
  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 shiso leaves (or substitute mint or basil)
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:rocks
  • Garnish:shiso leaf (or mint or basil)


Muddle the kumquats in a shaker tin with the simple syrup. Add the bourbon, lemon, and shiso leaves and shake with ice to chill. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish.

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