Recipes

Gin & Jam

Deep fruity tones with a tart slither of citrus running through it. Delicious!

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.

1 serving
  • 50 ml Gin
  • 20 ml Fresh lemon juice
  • 10 ml Sugar syrup
  • 2 Teaspoons Raspberry Jam
  1. Add the all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake (like you’ve never shaken before – jam puts up a fight).
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with Blackberries.

The best thing about a Gin & Jam cocktail 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.

What gin works best in a Gin & Jam cocktail?

There's no steadfast rule to work off here, rather match your gin to the jam you are using. We tend to prefer using dry gins as the gin and sugar syrup add a lot of sweetness already. If you are using apricot jam, then pick gins with big orange tones (Beefeater, Hayman's), while the likes of a marmalade, try something with lots of coriander seed driving through the profile (like Tanqueray). 

gin and jam cocktail drink fruits
gin and jam cocktail drink fruits

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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Tanqueray Gin
Tanqueray Gin
70cl43.1%GB
£21.44
Hayman's London Dry Gin
Hayman's London Dry Gin
70cl41.2%GB
£21.44
Beefeater Gin
Beefeater Gin
70cl40%GB
£16.94