Kumquats are a native Southeast Asian citrus fruit that taste like a mix between orange and grapefruit. They love warm weather and are ready for harvest between late winter and early Spring, in their “shun”. This is when bold tangy flavours come alive, resulting in the distinctly citrusy flavour of the fruit. The appetizing sweetness of the peel also makes it a favourite in desserts. The kumquat is perfect to elevate a Roku cocktail.
Head bartender of Jann KL, Darwin Ng, chooses the citrusy Kumquat to pair with his Roku signature cocktails, the perfect experience for diners who are looking for something different and exciting.
Jann KL presents the Kumquat G&T (RM 45), a highball styled cocktail with all things kumquat. A balance of sweet and sour, with a slight hint of peat for extra seasoning to the cocktail.
The second Roku and Kumquat pairing cocktail, Kyushu (RM 45) is named after the southernmost island in Japan, where kinkan (Japanese for kumquat) is most grown. This cocktail is a twist on the South Side with Sherry and salt to amplify the different flavours of kumquat.
Nozomi (RM 45) carries the meaning of “Hope” in Japanese. This cocktail portrays a living ecosystem, where it is made with ingredients that come from the earth, trees, and flowers. The Nozomi is served on the rocks, paired with mushroom and pickled kumquats.
“The sweet and citrus flavour of kumquat complements the delicate and floral aromas of Roku,” says Ng.