Fun fact, did you know that you can eat kumquats whole, peel and all? We are certainly guilty of popping a few in our mouths while we are in the grocery store! But they are enjoyed much better in a cocktail! The rosemary kumquat whiskey sour is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is perfect during kumquat season. The tart kumquats and the sweet whiskey are perfectly balanced, and the rosemary adds a hint of herbal complexity. The rosemary kumquat whiskey sour is a delightful fusion of flavors that awakens the senses. This cocktail is sure to become a new favorite. Be sure to check out the suggested pairing at the bottom!

how to make rosemary kumquat sours


  • 2 oz whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz rosemary kumquat simple syrup
  • egg white 
  • fresh rosemary
  • kumquats


To make the rosemary kumquat simple syrup, combine one cup of water, 3 – 5 rosemary sprigs, and 3 – 5 halved kumquats. Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 – 3 minutes. Take off the heat and add one cup of sugar. Set aside and let cool. Strain out solids with a tea strainer. 

In a cocktail shaker add one egg white and fresh lemon juice. Shake without ice vigorously for ten seconds.

Add the remaining ingredients and ice to the shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain into final glass with ice and enjoy!

Cin Cin!

rosemary kumquat whiskey sour


Egg white cocktails are certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. Besides the added protein, why put them in there? Egg whites are added to cocktails to create a rich and frothy texture. When shaken vigorously with other ingredients the egg white creates a creamy foam on top, adding a luxurious and velvety mouthfeel to the drink. This technique is commonly used in classic cocktails like Whiskey Sour and Ramos Gin Fizz, enhancing the overall presentation and taste of the beverage. The egg white also helps to mellow out the sharpness of certain spirits and balances the flavors for a well rounded drinking experience.

One thing to note is that you will need to use a decent cocktail shaker in order to get that frothy goodness. We typically don’t like the cocktail shakers (the ones with the cap) that you see at the stores everywhere because they tend to leak. We love using Boston shakers, and in particular, we love the brand Cocktail Kingdom. When Evan was mixing up craft cocktails full time, this was the brand that his team used.

rosemary kumquat whiskey sour

suggested pairing for rosemary kumquat sour

Consider pairing the rosemary kumquat whiskey sour with a mouthwatering bison burger. Juicy and succulent, the bison patty, grilled to perfection, creates a savory symphony that is perfectly complemented by the refreshing tang of the cocktail. The combination of textures and flavors will satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more.

rosemary kumquat whiskey sour


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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