The loquat trees are growing in my part of Austin, which is rather exciting because I haven’t seen them fruit in a while. The thing about loquats is that you need to pick them in that pivotal moment before they drop but after they have sweetened enough. Pick them too early, and they have a sourness that isn’t quite palatable. The thing is that you can combat that in a loquat cocktail which I made after picking a good bunch of loquats. In fact one of my neighbors set out a ladder and a sign and welcomed folks to pick them! Isn’t that lovely? Here is my recipe for Loquat Cocktail along with a little video I put together. Enjoy!

Loquat Cocktail

And by the way, if you don’t have loquats in your neighborhood, try this with apricots or plums! And let me know how it turns out.

Also, if you’re looking for another loquat recipe, check out my Poached Loquats in an herb semi-syrup.

Loquat Cocktail

Course: Drinks

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 cups loquats, pitted and peeled
  • 2 whole oranges juiced
  • 1 shot tequila
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 sprigs mint optional

Instructions

  • Combine the loquats and juiced oranges in a blender and blend. While it blends, slowly pour in the tequila and maple syrup.
  • Transfer to glasses filled with ice and garnish with mint. Serve!

Georgia Pellegrini

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.