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Madam Geneva's Jam Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: Jam Cocktail

There's no better way to celebrate Spring than with fresh fruit cocktails. But if your farmers market still isn't turning up Spring berries, or you don't have ripe stone fruits on hand, there's another way to incorporate nature's candy into your cocktails: try stirring in your favorite homemade or artisanal jam.

I can't take credit for this ingenious idea — it comes from Madam Geneva, a Manhattan gin bar — but it's a brilliant concept that can be taken to many levels. Start with your favorite clear spirit, add some citrus for acid, and shake it with a pectin-based fruit preserve.

This time, I went for a gin, lemon, and raspberry combo with a garnish of aromatic thyme, served in a small jelly jar for extra effect. When Summer arrives, I'm thinking vodka with blackberry, lime, and basil. After that, who knows? The possibilities are endless. For basic inspiration, read on.

Madam Geneva's Jam Cocktail

Madam Geneva's Jam Cocktail

Madam Geneva's Jam Cocktail Recipe 2011-05-23 12:41:57


2 ounces gin or vodka
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
Crushed ice
Spoonful of jam (I used Fauchon Paris Framboises Fruits Absolus) for stirring, plus another for garnish


  1. In a shaker, add jam, gin or vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and several ice cubes. Shake briskly, then strain into a rocks glass half-filled with crushed ice.
  2. Float a spoonful of jam on top of the ice, and gradually stir it in to taste.

Makes 1 cocktail.

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Brandi-Milloy Brandi-Milloy 3 years
I can't wait to make this next week! I want to try a jalapeno pepper jelly! You're right-the possibilities are endless!
Nicole-Perry Nicole-Perry 3 years
This sounds AMAZING.
BarsAndBartendingcom BarsAndBartendingcom 5 years
Wow jam cocktails. I love this idea! I recently discovered I have Celiacs, an intolerance to Gluten or flour, which equals bread :( I love jam, Now I've found an excuse to still have some, with my gin! YAY has a FREE Downloadable Bartending Cheat Sheet that you can keep with you at all times. It list all the most popular cocktails, and none of the lame ones.
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