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 & 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 flavour. Then, in classic gin and tonic fashion, simply add tonic water, plus a splash of bitters if you like. The recipe recommends lavender bitters and cucumber tonic water to complement the notes of the gin, 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 flavour and sweetness to a traditional gin and tonic. It has the perfect flavour 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, which made it harder to mix with the gin. After running into this complication, I removed the ice and let the glass jar warm up, then 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, simply pour into a cocktail glass, add bitters (optional) and tonic water, and serve, for a sweet, jammy treat. This adds a ton of flavour to the gin, and it couldn't be easier to make!
The only downside of this cocktail? 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. Then, 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 then serve.
- 1 cocktail
- Total Time
- 4 minutes, 59 seconds