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October 16, 2007


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I'm once again amazed that something this brilliantly simple and obvious is not done here! Some of the cheaper bars that don't have limes might use calamansi as a garnish in mixed drinks, but I've not seen any calamansi-flavored alcohol, and rarely even calamansi-based cocktails. More proof that Pinoys don't experiment enough with their fruits. And I just LOVE the addition of ginger in the cocktail! Galing, Marvin! :-D

By the way, I blushed at your comment in the last post about my alleged "wisdom about Filipino food." I don't cook, and I am hardly an expert on local cuisine. I just know more than you do because I live here! ;-) But believe me, others are MUCH more knowledgeable. I'm just more opinionated. ;-)

mmm...bacon vodka. getting drunk AND clogging your arteries at the same time!

that would definitely be a hit in the PI.

Oooh, I would have never thought of putting cheap vodka through my Brita. Excellent!

Poor Kal. Is he still in his pot or have you planted him in the ground? You should try burying shrimp shells around his roots for fertilizer. The jungle red hibiscus I got is double the size in just a few months and it's still in a pot.

i made a mango infused vodka by using mango rind candy and Absolut Vanilla.... it was a hit.. my friends loved it:)

I am going to go get a calmondin tree again. The last one I did kill it.Forgot to water it. But I miss calamansi. Lime and lemon just doesn't do the job right. Being in Virginia, I do need to bring it in during the winter months.

My calamansi tree is probably Kal's sister. She had hundreds of fruits early this summer which all fell off one by one save 3 fruits! I was already lining up ways to use the fruits but got so disappointed instead. I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong because the tree looks very healthy.
I love your clever idea with the cheap vodka.

You will never believe this but while I was in Zamboanga we were at a bar and I couldn't decide on a cocktail, so I told the waiter to just put a shot of vodka in some kalamansi juice (I love kalamansi juice)...it was great! Had to adjust the sweetness a bit, but a fantastic cocktail nonetheless! You are so spot on with your concoction...and it's infused vodka to boot! I was thinking just this morning how I was going to repeat the kalamansi vodka cocktail when I opened your site and saw this! Thank you!!! :)

hey cousin, you can use pomelo/"suha" too:) pretty in pink.

VERY nice! I wouldn't have the patience to do that on my own, but I sure am curious about how that kalamansi vodka tastes!

Hey it's the weekend and after the week I've had, I ready for some of your kalamansi infused vodka.

Thank you very much Katrina! Both your knowledge and opinions are very welcome and appreciated here;)

Janice, bacon vodka would be a hit anywhere I think:)

Dub C, Kal is still in his pot and I've tried everything to get him to grow. But I have not tried shrimp shells. I open to anything at this point.

Hi drjeff. Mango and vanilla vodka sounds great. You could probably save some money and make your own vanilla vodka by just dropping some vanilla beans in vodka. If you do this in small quantities and if you leave the beans in their long enough, it will eventually become vanilla extract.

Veron, getting your own tree is definitely worth it if you have a green thumb.

Thanks oggi! Filtering the vodka really works.

Hi Joey, since I can't get kalamansi at bars here, I guess I did one better;) Your posts on Zamboanga were wonderful, btw.

What up Cuz! Great idea with the pink pomello. I know you're full of great food ideas!

Thanks Toni! Think of Absolut Citron, then imagine something 1000x better;)

Hi Cynthia. I will surely be imbibing on my vodka this weekend after a long week. Cheers!

Very often a citrus tree won't produce fruit for many years after being planted/transplanted.

Thanks Gail. I did re-pot my tree, so perhaps that is the cause of my lack of kalamansi.

I don't drink much but this is fascinating. Especially when you cite Mythbusters and the filter method. Awesome! Poor Kal.

Sweet! I LOVE a reason to try a new drink.

Okay. This is straight up inspiring. I think this is going to be my first drink as a legal, booze-guzzling 21-year-old. Salamat.

- Sara

Hi Elmo. Yes, the filter definitely improves the flavor of the vodka.

Hello Delilah! If you can't find yourself Kalamansi, just use limes. And I'm sure you don't need much of any reason to try a new drink;)

Hi Sara. Usually following my lead into adulthood wouldn't be a good idea. But perhaps this drink can be the exception;)

This is a wonderful blog. i found you through White on Rice. I love your voice and recipes.

hi did u got it

You brought a grin to my face... I was trying to figure out just what kalamasi juice was, it called for it in a papaya jelly recipe I was looking at, and was happy to stumble onto your page. Good luck with the tree, may want to test your soil, they sell stakes at the hardware store for fruit baring trees that add nutrients that may help.

Thanks Rae Faith. I hope you can find some kalamansi juice for your jelly.

What a fabulous idea! Thanks for posting. I am starting a calamondin orchard in Florida. I won't have fruit for a couple of years, but am starting work on a website to include recipes. I'd love to include this idea and give credit where credit is due. You can email me at murgatroyd13@hotmail.com and mention kalamansi post. Thanks!

I'm wondering about the taste of of the infused vodka. I made mine by filling the jar halfway in the vodka with halved calamansi and let it sit for a week. By that time the smell of the original vodka was gone. I strained it and sipped it, but it tastes a bit bitter, like a mild citrus campari. Did I use too much fruit or should I have stuck with whole calamansi? Maybe I should add sugar for a version of lemoncello. It's slightly lemoncellic - I guess. Perhaps next time less limes to get the infused flavor instead of a straight-up liqueur-medicinal-blast.

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I'm the founder/moderator for Punk Domestics (www.punkdomestics.com), a community site for those of use obsessed with, er, interested in DIY food. It's sort of like Tastespotting, but specific to the niche. I'd love for you to submit this to the site, in the Infusions & Liqueurs section. Good stuff!

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