I always thought that empty jam jars were perfect for overnight oats, but @hitchcockhappyhour on TikTok has opened my eyes to an entirely new (and more adult) use: a Jam-Jar Gin and Tonic. This cocktail involves adding gin to your almost-empty jam jar and giving it a good shake to infuse the alcohol with the jam flavor. Then, in classic gin and tonic fashion, simply add tonic water and, if you'd like, a splash of bitters. The recipe recommends lavender bitters and cucumber tonic water to complement the gin notes, but the gin I used had more citrus notes, so I opted for citrus bitters and regular tonic water. The end result is a delightful floral cocktail that adds berry flavor and sweetness to a traditional gin and tonic. It has the perfect flavor and aesthetic for a springtime patio happy hour.
To make this cocktail, I recommend using a jam jar that's mostly empty but hasn't been scraped well (my jar had about a tablespoon of jam left) and shaking the gin without the ice first. When I shook my gin with ice, the jam got cold and solidified, making it more difficult to mix with the gin. After running into this complication, I removed the ice and let the glass jar warm up, after which I had no problem emulsifying the gin with the jam. The shaking process only took about two minutes. Once you have your gin-infused jam, I recommend adding the ice back in and shaking for about a minute so that your cocktail is nice and cold. Next, pour into a cocktail glass, add bitters (optional) and tonic water, and serve for a sweet, jammy treat. This recipe adds a ton of flavor to the gin, and it couldn't be easier to make! The only downside? I'm going to be buying a lot more jam.
- 1 mostly empty jam jar
2 oz. gin
5 drops citrus or lavender bitters (optional)
4 oz. tonic water
- Start by pouring the gin into your jam jar. Shake for about two minutes or until most of the jam has mixed with the gin.
- Add ice to the jar, put the cap back on, and shake for another minute or so until it's nice and cold.
- Pour into a cocktail glass, add the bitters and tonic water, and serve.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- 1 cocktail
- Total Time
- 4 minutes, 59 seconds