Gin & Jam
Though Gin & Jam may sound like a night put on for retired rockers in a village hall, in actual fact it’s a ludicrously simple, super-sweet cocktail that can – more of less – be rustled up from kitchen staples.
Bridesmaid pink, with a tart slither of citrus running through it, this is a cocktail designed with decadence in mind. The best thing about it is its adaptability; you can use strawberry jam in summer, blackberry in autumn and cranberry in winter. Our favourite preserve, though, and one that fills the mouth with a confectioners dusting of candied fruit, is raspberry.
How to make a Gin & Jam cocktail:
50ml Gin (use Pinkster or William Chase Orange Gin)
15ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
1 tsp raspberry jam
A handful of Blackberries
Add the all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake (like you’ve never shaken before – jam puts up a fight). Shake again just to be sure you’ve killed it. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with Blackberries.
A Brief, Inebriated History:
The Gin & Jam has been on the scene for a good few years, though there’s no official recipe, rather brands and barmen twist it to their will, creating serves that best suit a time, a place and a day. It’s one to play with, certainly, and the above is little more than a suggested serve; After all it is just one of the many twists on a Gin Sour! We think the Gin & Jam is a perfect cocktail to try at home as it’s really easy to make and there’s a 99% chance you’ll have all the ingredients there already. All we ask is to not succumb to using one of those faux hipster jam jars come glasses when it comes to serving it up. Just use a nice rocks glass, please…
Play around, get creative, and liven it up as you see fit – a handful of basil will bring a fresh kick, a twist of lemon will give more heft to the citrus, swap out the jam for honey – the possibilities are endless!
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