Leap into Spring with Jam Cocktails

Written by
Liquorland
October 7, 2018
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The arrival of spring means that there’s a bounty of sweet fruit available, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to add jam to everything. This season, why not refresh a few classic cocktails with the addition of a tasty preserve? Essentially, any cocktail with a sugary component can benefit from an infusion of sweet fruit. We’ve got a few cocktail recipes that are jam-packed with fresh flavours (see what we did there?) and sure to get your inspiration flowing.

Figgin’ Good Whisky

It’s our firm belief that figs are the under-appreciated jewels of the fruit world, so we’re embracing this chance to put them centre-stage. This cocktail marries the earthy-warmth of whisky with cinnamon for a spicy drink that’ll put a fire in your belly.

Ingredients:

90mL of Dimple 12YO Scotch Whisky

2 tablespoons of fig jam

2 tablespoons of lime juice

1 teaspoon of simple syrup

ice

A pinch of cinnamon

Method:

Combine all ingredients over ice in a martini shaker. Shake for 15 seconds, then strain into a cocktail glass.

Gin and Jam

Give the classic G&T and flavour-filled makeover with the addition of delicious blueberry jam. Where tonic is traditionally bitter, the inclusion of the jam makes this a sweet cocktail – ideal for sipping on a warm night. Don’t forget the lemon twist for a hint of citrus.

Ingredients:

60mL Bombay Sapphire Gin

120mL tonic water

1 teaspoon of blueberry jam

Ice

Lemon wedge

Frozen blueberries, to garnish

Method:

Mix gin, tonic, and jam over ice. Add a twist of lemon and stir to incorporate. Garnish with a couple of frozen blueberries to serve.

Sparkling Raspberry Vodka

Perfect with brunch, this cocktail balances sweet and tart in equal measure – creating an ideal harmony. The addition of a pinch of chilli flakes kicks the flavour up a notch, but feel free to skip it if you’re not a fan of spice.

Ingredients:

125ml Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV

60mL Vodka O

1 tablespoon raspberry jam

1 tablespoon simple syrup

Ice

Small handful of mint leaves, torn

A pinch of chilli

Method:

Mix all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, saving a few mint leaves to serve. Strain into a glass and garnish with remaining mint.

Blood Orange Spritz

Serve up a fruity twist on this spring staple by adding the sharp taste of blood orange to the beloved Aperol Spritz. While it may not stay true to the cocktail’s Italian roots, we’d like to think that Nonna would still approve – maybe she can knock up the jam for you to use.

Ingredients:

60mL Sorellina King Valley Prosecco

40mL Aperol

Splash of soda water

1 tablespoon blood orange jam

Slice of blood orange, to garnish

Method:

Mix ingredients in a wine glass over ice and garnish with a slice of fresh blood orange.