Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli


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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 21 days 20 min (includes steeping time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 2 liters



  1. Slice the kumquats in half and scrape out as many seeds as possible. Add the kumquats to a 2.5-liter container and cover with the vodka. Cover the container so that it is airtight and place it in the refrigerator. Let steep, refrigerated, for at least 3 weeks and up to 6 weeks before straining.
  2. When ready to strain, add the sugar and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring regularly, until the sugar has dissolved. Cool the simple syrup to room temperature.
  3. Strain the kumquat-cello into a 1.5-liter container. Stir in the simple syrup. Serve over ice or in cocktails as desired.