Kumquat Sangria and Fajitas

by Anna on April 6, 2010

in Beef,World Food

Yesterday I was up for a partee. I just felt like that you know, for no reason, just in the mood. I was dusting and organizing my recipe books then I found this cool Sangria book (Mittie Hellmich). And on the cover it says “Fun and festive” Then I thought Oh yeah baby! I’m feelin’t, fun and festive could be my middle name. So of course I had to find somethin, somethin to go with this cool sangria, right? And Fajitas sounded awesome. So here it is… I totally recommend that for a middle of the week dinner.

Kumquat Sangria

  • 2 cups of kumquats sliced
  • 2 limes sliced
  • 1 vanilla bean cut in half
  • 3 ounces of Grand Marnier
  • 3 tablespoon of Agaves syrup or sugar
  • 750ml bottle of white wine chilled

In a large glass pitcher, combine the Kumquats,  limes, vanilla bean, Grand Marnier, and Agave or sugar. With a wood spoon muddle the mixture to release the fruit juice and dissolve the sugar. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.

When ready to serve, slowly add the wine. Fill the wineglasses with ice cubes and pour the sangria over the ice. Allowing the Kumquats to fall into the glasses.


  • 1 lb of skirt steak
  • 1large red onion sliced with the grain
  • 2 large bell peppers sliced into half-inch wide strips


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ jalapeno finely sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper


Mix all marinade ingredients. Set the steak in the marinade and let it sit at least an hour. Heat to high heat a large cast iron pan. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to the pan. Add the steak, frying on each side for 3 minutes. Remove form pan and let it rest for 5 minutes. Reduce the pan heat to medium high add a little more oil if necessary.(I used the marinade) Add the peppers and onion cook stirring frequently until onions are slightly translucent. Mix the steak and serve with tortillas and guacamole.

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna September 26, 2010 at 1:10 AM

Jasmine, sorry my ignorance but couldn’t find were to comment in your site. Beautiful pictures tho. Loved the white bicycle.

Anna September 26, 2010 at 1:07 AM

Hi Jasmine, That was enough for 2 but we are hungry people here in this household. lol. Have a beautiful Sunday.

Jasmine September 23, 2010 at 9:49 PM

How many servings do the fajitas make? They look DELISH!

Anna April 27, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Oh! thank you Stella, you are very lucky to have this tree close by, the kumquat are very pricy here. They are charging pretty pennies for it. 🙂

Stella April 27, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Hey Anna, I was just looking through your blog and getting envious of your photos (smile). I love this drink. You know, I have a kumquat tree right down the street that fruits very well every year. The owner lets me take fruit, so I’m saving this to my files.
.-= Stella´s last blog ..Bewitching Bloggers =-.

Jenn April 17, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Hmmm…. I wonder if it’s a good idea to have kumquat sangria at 9:18 in the morning…. *goes off to ponders….*

beautiful post as always Anna 🙂

Anna April 13, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Thanks Chicho, for the lovely comments, I loved your blog too. You made me very hungry and it’s just 9 in the morning….I have a feeling that just cereal won’t make the cut today. 😀

Cherine April 13, 2010 at 4:38 AM

First time here and I am loving it! Great blog!

Juliana April 12, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Anna, what a great and refreshing sangria 🙂 The fajita looks delicious…cannot resist a nice beef fajita!

Lori April 10, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Oh, that sangria is just beautiful. I remember it took us for ever to realize what kumquats were when we were in Brazil. We came across them often in dessert buffets candied.

Everything looks delicious!
.-= Lori´s last blog ..Spinach Pesto Spread =-.

Ann April 9, 2010 at 6:07 AM

Great looking dinner. I’m a big fan of Tex-Mex and you can never go wrong with Sangria. Great photos.
.-= Ann´s last blog ..Plain Cheese Pizza =-.

Anna April 8, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Hi Nina, thanks for the lovely comment, you are more then welcome to stay, fluff some pillows get refreshments. I loved your site BTW. 😀

nina April 8, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Your food is stunning, your photographs are beautiful and inviting, mind if I stay for a while?
.-= nina´s last blog ..A lamb burger recipe that will make your tastebuds jump with joy! =-.

Erica April 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

What a great party, Anna!!! I would love to have that drink…. sounds interesting and delicious!

Devaki April 8, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Anna – I love how honest & fresh your food creations are. Beautiful for the eye & the belly!

Fantastic idea for a midweek dinner indeed & enough to get your groove on 🙂

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Angie April 8, 2010 at 8:50 AM

This looks like a perfect meal, I love kumquats!
.-= Angie´s last blog ..My Mom’s Potato Salad =-.

Sophie April 8, 2010 at 12:14 AM

MMMMM,..the kumquat sangria makes me want to taste it right now & those filled fajitas lok so tasty too!

MMMMM,…it all screams: Eat & drink me!!!
.-= Sophie´s last blog ..Wholemeal spelt chocolate ricotta muffins with dark chocolate chips =-.

5 Star Foodie April 7, 2010 at 8:14 PM

The kumquat sangria sounds fabulous, what an original drink!
.-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Morel Fettuccine with Spinach Ribbons and Crispy Shallots =-.

penny aka jeroxie April 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM

That looks amazing. I don’t mind one now.

Anna April 7, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Hi Alina it’s a book only with Sangria recipes by Mittie Helmich, it’s a 80 pages book. Awesome.

toontz April 7, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Wow, what great party fare! Bookmarking this for sure.

s. stockwell April 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Love, love, love the kumquat sangria!! will make that asap.
.-= s. stockwell´s last blog ..Tickled Pink Pickled Eggs! =-.

Alina April 7, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Mm I love Sangria in summertime, and I love that you used white wine! I’ve been recently looking for some ideas on how to use kumquats, as they look so attractive but I’ve only tried making candied kumquats once, and there my fantasy stopped 😀 hey do you have a separate book on Sangria?! How many recipes are there in it?!

MaryMoh April 7, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Everything looks great to me….perfect for parties. I wish I was there!
.-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Malaysian Country Fried Rice =-.

Cajun Chef Ryan April 7, 2010 at 6:12 AM

I’ll drink to that! The kumquat sangria that is! Indeed, a perfect libation and combination with fajitas too!

Bon appetite!
.-= Cajun Chef Ryan´s last blog ..Eat To Live Week 1, Day 5 =-.

Tara@whatwechow April 6, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Kamquat sangria! What a fun way to kick off spring! I love it!

sweetlife April 6, 2010 at 8:39 PM

wow the sangria looks just heavenly…love the color…and fajitas…nice

.-= sweetlife´s last blog ..Impressing Momo and my Faithful Carrots….. =-.

Roti n Rice April 6, 2010 at 6:42 PM

The sangria looks great!
.-= Roti n Rice´s last blog ..Sumac and Rosemary Crusted Lamb with Saffron Pistachio Pilaf =-.

Kerry Michaels April 6, 2010 at 6:34 PM

The colors in your sangria are amazing! Can’t wait to try 🙂 Hope you had fun at your party.
.-= Kerry Michaels´s last blog ..Lemon Sole Provencal =-.

Anna April 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Elle, thanks I’m glad you liked.

Anna April 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Thanks Divina, you are so sweet.

Divina April 6, 2010 at 4:52 PM

The sangria is picture perfect. It should be a page in front of a food magazine. Really refreshing for summer and the fajitas are perfect too.
.-= Divina´s last blog ..Watermelon Rind Kimchi =-.

bunkycooks April 6, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Looks like a great party to me! Everything sounds and looks delicious!

Elle (Bromography) April 6, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Wonderful little partee starters! The kumquats are adorable in the sangria, and the fajitas hit the spot, Thanks for sharing.

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