Equal parts exotic and local, this South Georgia-style daiquiri will ease you right into vacation!
If you already have a loquat tree and are looking for recipes to use this yummy fruit, we’ve got you covered. If you don’t already have a tree, we’re sure you’ll wish you did after trying one of these. Keep reading to see what the loquat buzz is all about!
Loquats are a lesser-known subtropical fruit native to Georgia; originally by way of some 1000 years ago in Japan. Members of the pome family, they taste like a blend of apricot, plum, and pineapple. The fruit is typically ripe by March or April and generally available through May.
Loquats need to ripen fully on the tree. They’re ripe when they’re orange at the top and pluck easily from the stem. If you see green, they aren’t ripe just yet.
Note: Loquats are rarely found in grocery stores. If you or a friend don’t have a tree, we suggest checking the local farmer’s markets. (Also available by mail order / canned.)
This delicious cocktail recipe is a must for anyone wondering what to do with their loquats!
La Coquina Cocktail Recipe:
1 1/4oz white rum
1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
1 oz *loquat* purée (put the whole can with juice in blender)
3/4 oz lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Shake and serve with a lime and cherry