For some weird reason, everyone seems to have a cumquat tree, though people rarely use them. During October, you’ll often find these unusual fruits strewn across the footpath instead of being put to good use. Perhaps the reason they go to waste is because without a little effort, these citrus can taste overwhelmingly sour. But there’s an easy way to enjoy them: Cumquat Mojitos.
First, you’ll need cumquats. Chances are you won’t find them in the fruit and veg aisle at Coles, but you will see them at Asian grocers or the markets. Failing that, have a look around your suburb and remember - it’s not fruit larceny if it’s hanging over the fence.
Cut up three of the best cumquats you can find, and muddle them in the bottom of a shaker with mint, sugar, and half a lime cut into three. Add a dash of simple syrup, and squeeze over a bit of lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice, and add a strong swig of your favourite white rum. Shake the thing for real.
Strain the contents of the shaker into a glass filled with crushed ice and top off with Schweppes Soda Water. Garnish with a wedge of cumquat, and if you’ve scrumped them, some leaves as well.
Schweppes soda water