After I used a double boiler to melt my chocolate for the Best Brownies Ever, I decided not to waste the energy that was used in boiling the water. I chucked about an equal amount of sugar into the water (as there was water in the pot). By the way, that is how you make simple syrup – equal parts sugar and water brought to a boil so that the sugar dissolves. Anyway, we had a few left over kumquats from our CSA last week (or was it the week before???), so I tossed those in too. Candied kumquats couldn’t be bad…
They bobbed and floated until they split a little or started to look prunish (a little wrinkly). I fished them out with a spoon and placed them in bowl to cool. I reduced the syrup a little further and poured it into a little ceramic pitcher – orangey flavored simple syrup = yummy. I figured I would find a use for them at some point.
Feeling festive this morning, I tossed a kumquat in my soda water (from my SodaStream which I am OBSESSED with) and it floated around like an abandoned beach ball in an empty swimming pool. Hence the title, kumquat beach balls. Wouldn’t that be a phenomonal cocktail garnish? Good for kiddy and non-alcoholic cocktails too. Sweet, healthy, cute, fun – win, win. I stirred a little of the syrup into my soda water - delicious. You get a strong whiff of orange off of the floating fruit then a slight hint of orangey sweetness on your taste buds.