Kumquat Molasses Smash

Depth and intrigue with just 3 little ingredients! The Kumquat Molasses Smash Cocktail is sweet and tangy with a slightly bitter note from fresh kumquats. A brilliant winter cocktail to warm you from the inside-out.

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Erin Hawley

This weekend’s cocktail is a must-try from Erin Hawley, one of our most-loved mixologists in Asheville. This is one of my favorites this season. You’ve got to try it!

A quick note from Erin about her beverage…


Kumquats are only available for a small window of time each year. I try to use kumquats as much as I can in the winter. This cocktail is a traditional “smash” which is perfect for this miniature citrus fruit.


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Kumquat Molasses Smash

Yield: 1

Prep Time:5 minutes

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Amazing winter cocktail, the Kumquat Molasses Smash. Using only 3 ingredients, this cocktail offers deep sweetness and intrigue, with a pop of citrus.


  • 2 ounce Rye Whiskey
  • 5 kumquats
  • ½ ounce molasses syrup (equal parts dark molasses and water)


  1. Place the molasses syrup and kumquats in a shaking tin. Break up or “smash” the kumquats and molasses syrup together with a muddler.
  2. Add the whiskey and shake with ice. Strain into an ice filled glass and garnish with fresh kumquat slices.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 213 Calories
  • Total Fat: 0.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 14mg
  • Carbohydrates: 19.4g
  • Fiber: 6.2g
  • Sugar: 13.2g
  • Protein: 1.8g
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last updated July 2, 2018

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4 comments on “Kumquat Molasses Smash

  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchenposted February 17, 2015 at 8:40 am Reply

    What a fabulous idea to use kumquats in a cocktail.

    Rating: 5
  2. Gabyposted February 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm Reply

    I have got to try this! So different!

  3. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted February 16, 2015 at 7:41 am Reply

    I had a loquat tree in front of the house I grew up in the Florida. This totally reminds me of those yummy little fruits.

  4. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Bakerposted February 14, 2015 at 5:39 pm Reply

    This is such a cute little drink. Great way to use those little kumquats