Drinks

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Jam Cocktails

I recently found out about jam cocktails, and oh my goodness my life has been changed for the better. I honestly don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this on my own. I’m constantly jazzing up cocktails with muddled fruit and simple syrup; jam is essentially those two ingredients combined! Plus the little pieces of fruit in jam have been cooked, so they’re softer than your standard muddled fruity chunks. Now there’s no chance in awkwardly choking on your drink while someone talks to you about the patriarchy and mistakes your coughing for ignorance at a cocktail party! (Or maybe that’s just my life..aheh). Also, maybe you wouldn’t necessarily think about this, but the little bit of thickness that is the consistency of jam really does add a new level of intensity when mixed into a cocktail. I do believe that jam would be a fantastic addition to any standard drink (gin and tonic, gimlet, martinis even), but I came up with two of my own just to get everyone excited. I want another one just typing this. Also, a really great thing about these is they make equally delicious mocktails. Once you take away the hooch it’s not just soda water or juice. So you’re welcome, world!

Peach Mango Jam Cocktail (makes one modest drink)

– 1 or 2 ounces vodka

– 1 tbsp peach jam (I used this)

– 1/2 cup mango lemonade (they also make a peach lemonade, which would work quite well here too, I just couldn’t find any!)

– pinch of ground ginger

– pinch of ground cloves (my favorite part of this drink. Don’t omit them, you’ll be sorry!)

– orange slices

– crystalized ginger slices

In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, jam, lemonade, and ground ginger with lots of ice. Shake well. Pour into a glass and garnish with orange slices and crystalized ginger. Sprinkle ground cloves on top.

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Mixed Berry Pomegranate Jam Cocktail (makes one modest drink)

– 1 or 2 ounces vodka

– 1 tbsp mixed berry preserves (I used this)

– 1/2 cup cranberry pomegranate juice

– splash of lemon lime seltzer

– frozen berries

In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, preserves, and juice with lots of ice. Shake well. Pour into a glass with a splash of seltzer. Garnish with frozen berries (the more you add, the longer your drink will stay cold without getting watery!)

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