Here at Growing A Greener World, we like to enjoy fresh jam on much more than just PB&J sandwiches. That’s why we love the fact that our canning expert Theresa Loe is all about thinking outside the canning jar!
Here she shares her favorite recipes for utilizing the fresh-picked flavors of jam in cocktails!
Jam cocktails are so easy!
I don’t know about you, but as a canner, I always have several jars of open jam in my refrigerator at any one time. Aside from my morning toast, I use that homemade jam for everything from sauce to marinade. My favorite use for leftover jam is the Jam Cocktail, or what I like to call the “Jamtini“.
Served in a jam jar, these cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate summer flavors, no matter what time of year you serve them. I have developed several yummy Jamtini recipes listed below (being shared by some of our foodie friends), and you can even watch a short, catchy video to see how they’re made.
The cool part is that they all follow the same basic formula – which means, you can create your own signature jam cocktail with whatever jam you happen to have in your refrigerator.
Jam Cocktails Are Cool – Look Who Else is Making Them!
To help spread the word about jam cocktails, we decided to have a little virtual jam cocktail party with a few of our favorite foodie bloggers. It’s like a progressive dinner but with drinks!
I created a different signature cocktail for each blogger to share. Click the links below to get the recipes. They are all delicious and unique!
After you mix your cocktail, sit back and browse their sites for other great recipes ideas. These ladies are super talented. I bet, after a few minutes of browsing, your taste buds will be persuading you to make something to go with your jamtini.
Lemon Raspberry Jamtini featuring lemon verbena and fresh raspberries.
Spiced Plum Jamtini combines spicy cloves with the comfort of plums.
Blackberry Jamtini truly captures the flavor of summer with a twist of lemonade.
Pear/Pineapple Jamtini a one-of-a-kind combo with the added zing of fresh ginger.
Need a Visual? Here’s a How-To Video
Here’s a short 2-minute video we made demonstrating all the steps to a Jamtini.
Create Your Own Jamtini
Here’s the basic formula. Keep in mind that, although homemade jam packs the best punch, it is perfectly okay to use store bought jam for this recipe. When it comes to the fruit juice, be creative! Try things like fruit nectar, pomegranate or a combo – like cran-cherry.
Choose: a jam to be your main flavoring.
Then, in a large cocktail shaker:
Muddle: a few herbs or pieces of fruit that go with your jam. Herbs to try include: mint, lemon verbena, lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary, etc. Fruit that is featured in your jam is also a natural choice: strawberries, blueberries, etc.
- 1 oz. fruit juice of choice
- 1 oz. simple syrup (see note below)
- 2 oz. vodka
- 1 heaping spoonful of your favorite jam
Shake: well until the jam has been evenly distributed.
Strain: the mixture into a jam jar filled with ice that will serve as your cocktail glass.
Splash: some club soda into the cocktail if you wish.
Garnish: with an herb like mint or a slice of fruit or both!
Note: Simple Syrup is just a combination of equal parts water and granulated sugar, boiled to dissolve the sugar. In a small saucepan, combine one cup water and one cup of sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. It must be made ahead of time and cooled before using in your cocktails.
A life-long canner, city homesteader and graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program, Theresa Loe is passionate about taking the garden full circle (from seed, to table, to pantry) and capturing that seasonal, fresh-picked flavor with style. She is one of the founding producers of Growing A Greener World. Specializing in city homesteading, edible landscapes, school educational gardens and preserving the harvest; Theresa is all about gardening sustainably. You can read more about her preserving adventures at LivingHomegrown.com, or watch the episode we filmed on her city homestead.