Kumquat Ginger Mimosas


Transition! It’s upon us.

Saturday the last of something; Sunday the first of something.

I say we toast and discuss our goals. But first, lets talk kumquats, shall we?

They’re kind of the cutest thing ever. Don’t let their dainty appearance fool you, though; these things pack a pucker like no other. I juiced (using a juicer) about 20…and got only 1/8 of a cup of juice. At first I was super bummed, but then was reminded how strong their flavor really is. No bigs!

I only used half of a teaspoon per cocktail. That sour punch with the sweet subtle spiciness from the ginger syrup..and some Cava (Prosecco or Champagne)…holy deliciousness!

I recommend this…oh I dunno…maybe for a little New Years Day brunch action…maybe paired with this quiche?


Every year I vow to stay away from making resolutions of any kind. I think it’s super lame to make promises (even to oneself) to then find yourself in February with them at your wayside.

But I dunno. The list-maker in me loooves writing to-do lists. So, this year I decided to make a few. Three, actually. I figured if I made them attainable, simple and useful, I’d maybe be successful.

1. Drink more water.

2. Eat more kale.

3. Have fun.

That’s it. That’s all! Just three simple goals. I think I can do it. Tell me your goals. I wanna hear ’em.

Wishing you all the best in the upcoming New Year. You being here means the world. Thank you.

See you in 2012!


Ginger Kumquat Mimosas

Print this (sorta) recipe!

Ginger Syrup

1/4 pound ginger, sliced
1 cup pure cane (or granulated) sugar
1 cup water

1. Using a food processor, pulverize the sliced ginger into bits.

2. In a small heavy saucepan, over medium-lowheat, bring ginger, sugar, and water to a simmer. Stir until sugar has dissolved, then gently simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes.

2. Strain through a sieve and let cool to room temperature.

Kumquat Ginger Mimosa

For one mimosa:
4 ounces of Cava (Prosecco or Champagne)
4 teaspoon ginger syrup
*1/2 teaspoon kumquat juice (from 20 kumquats using a juicer)
Sliced kumquats for garnish (optional)

1. Add all three ingredients to champagne glass and mix slightly.

*Note: I used a juicer. Alternatively, you could slice them in half and squeeze out the juice. It would be way tedious, but would work. *Second Note: The kind people at Freixenet sent me a few bottles of this cava. It’s delicious. But they didn’t pay me. I just like it. πŸ™‚

Ginger syrup recipe from Gourmet; Cocktail recipe from my brain.

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  • Reply PollyDee January 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    One goal: Consciously find something in my regular day to be grateful for each day. That’s it. Gratefuleness.

  • Reply Elise January 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Every year I make the same resolution: to floss. It’s sooo good for your mouth and it makes my dentist love me. Though clearly I struggle with it. So far I’m 1 for 1 in 2012 and my gums feel healthy.

    But I also love “eat more kale”. I might steal it.

    Happy 2012 Adrianna!

  • Reply cindy December 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    kumquats are the cutest of citrus. I love your short list, attainable and practical! mine is short too: eat some new vegetables, drink more water, temper chocolate, remember that comparison kills my joy. happy new year! cheers adrianna!

    • Reply Adrianna January 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

      Comparison kills joy. Truth! xo

  • Reply Teri Lyn Fister December 30, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    These are super cute. Please tell me where that linen came from. I loves it, and your stupid face.

    • Reply Adrianna December 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Mood Fabrics on Pico! Super cheap and cute. And I lovezzzzz your stupid, face too (obvi).

  • Reply France December 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I’m with you on lame resolutions. I figure if you want to make a change, start today, right now. I’m a list person too though and I actually find them fun. Having more fun is such a great “to do” item. one I often forget.

  • Reply bonnie December 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Mmm– looks divine. Happy New Year and thanks for brightening things up all year!

  • Reply Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    These are beautiful pictures! I would love to have one of these New Years day, they sound delicious!

  • Reply Heather December 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I’ve never actually had a kumquat before. I’m delighted to hear that they are as delicious to the tongue as they are to the ear. How fun is it to say kumquat?!
    My goal for this year? Hit the beach at least once a month. It’s mere minutes away but we let life get in the way. No more!

    Cheers & Happy New Year,
    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

  • Reply Jessica December 30, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I love that photo of the Kumquats! Beautiful photo!!

  • Reply DessertForTwo December 30, 2011 at 4:34 am


    My goal is to stop worrying about the future. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Heather (Heather's Dish) December 30, 2011 at 4:15 am

    i’ve never actually had a kumquat before even though i think they’re just about the cutest things in the entire world πŸ™‚

  • Reply nicole {sweet peony} December 30, 2011 at 3:13 am

    beautiful! they sound delicious & i love the photos!

    i am an obsessive list maker so you better believe i have a list for 2012. it basically sums up to: treat my body better & be happy πŸ™‚ happy 2012 adrianna! xo

    • Reply Adrianna December 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      Good goals.

  • Reply Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 30, 2011 at 1:30 am

    they are so adorable..I love the ‘kumquats are cute’ line on your photo.

    And where has this recipe been all my life when my CSA box was overflowing with them and I had no idea what to make other than marmalade…. πŸ™‚