Need a wintertime pick-me-up? Try this bright and sunny soda featuring freshly muddled kumquats and pink peppercorn syrup.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 teaspoons dried pink peppercorns, lightly crushed
About 24 kumquats, sliced into rounds and seeded
About 3 liters soda water
- Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugars.
- Stir in pink peppercorns, remove from heat, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and reserve pink peppercorns for garnish. Let syrup cool completely.
- For each drink, muddle 12 kumquat slices and 2 tablespoons of syrup in an 8-ounce glass. Add ice cubes if desired, then fill glass with soda water and stir. Garnish with a few pink peppercorns.