How to Make Jam Cocktails

How to Make a Peach Jam Cocktail from LivingHomegrown.com

Jamtinis!

If you have ever been to one of my canning demonstrations, you know that I always like to demonstrate my signature drink - The Jamtini. It is a delicious martini made with homemade jam, vodka and fruit juice.

Jamtinis are easily personalized by changing up the jam or fruit juice used and they are a simple, yet elegant way to use up your homemade preserves.

Last year, I created a “How-to Make a Jamtini” video for our PBS show, Growing A Greener World and it was big hit. Lot’s of people came up with their own versions from their own pantry. Fun stuff! (The video is below)

Well today, I want to share a new version of my jamtini made with low-sugar peach jam!

I made this peach version because I am finally hitting the end of last year’s amazing peach jam reserves and I really love how the tree-ripened flavor of the peaches shines though.

You can follow the jamtini recipe below exactly or you can substitute your own jam flavor and it is still fantastic. I even have a jamtini infographic to help you along.

But wait – There’s more!

I also felt this was the perfect time to include a giveaway and I have something special for you!

You see, when I make my jamtinis, I use my favorite martini shaker made from a canning jar. (You can see it in action in the video.) Every time I demonstrate this shaker, people want it. You can always buy one here. But I think it is much better to win one for FREE! So to get this party started, I bought an extra one from Mason Shaker to give away to one lucky reader.

Scroll to the end of the post for full instructions on how to enter. It’s easy!

The Basics of Making a Jamtini

It is so simple. Just watch the 2 minute video above on making a strawberry version. Looks delicious, right? Here are the step-by-step instructions for any martini:

How to Make a Jam Cocktail

The Peach Jamtini Recipe

This seriously tastes like a slice of peach pie to me…with alcohol of course! I use a non-carbonated, canned peach nectar from the health food store, but you can substitute any fruit juice you wish. I also include whole cloves and a cinnamon stick in the shaker and they can be used to create multiple jamtinis, if you wish. My jam is low-sugar. If you are using a high sugar (or store bought – eek!) jam, you may want to eliminate the sugar syrup. I serve my jamtini in canning jars because…well, it just seems appropriate. But of course any glass would work.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice of a peach – finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 oz peach nectar
  • 1 oz. simple syrup (see note)
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 heaping spoonful low-sugar peach jam (or something similar)
  • 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 piece of a cinnamon stick
  • ice
  • 1/2 pint jam jar (as your serving glass)
  • club soda
  • slice of fresh peach as a garnish (optional)

1) In a cocktail shaker, muddle a few pieces of a chopped fresh peach. This is an optional step, but really does enhance the flavor if you have a fresh peach handy.

2) Add the peach nectar, simple syrup, vodka, jam, spices and some ice to the shaker. Place on the lid and shake. Then, shake some more! It can take awhile to break up the jam.

3) Add ice to your serving glass and strain the cocktail into the glass.

4) Add a splash of club soda to top it off. Garnish with a peach slice and serve.

Simple Syrup: Despite being expensive in the stores, simple syrup is REALLY inexpensive to make yourself. It is just a boiled solution of water and sugar. I use equal portions of each for cocktails. It just needs to be made ahead of time and allowed to cool before using. In a small pan, combine at least 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely before making cocktails.

How to Make Jam Cocktails from LivingHomegrown

Don’t forget to experiment!

The Giveaway:

I am giving away a new Mason Shaker to one lucky winner. (watch it in action in the video above)

A Mason Shaker

To enter:

  1. First you must be a resident of the United States. (Sorry)
  2. Then leave a comment on this post telling me “What is your favorite jam and why?“.  It is okay to say “Just because” as your reason and if you don’t have a favorite jam, then just say so. No problem. (Comments go into moderation until I approve them, but you are okay to move on even if you don’t see the comment yet.)
  3. After you comment below, click on the Rafflecopter widget, enter your info and click “I commented”. That will open up some more ways to enter such as pinning to pintrest and liking on Facebook, etc. On the “pin it” option, you have to click the “pin it” first and then paste the URL proving that you did it. There are instructions on that option with more details.

Now, this is the first time I have ever used Rafflecopter on this blog. All my blogger friends swear it is a much more accurate and trustworthy way to hold a giveaway. It lets me pick a random winner and you can enter many different ways. So I’m testing it out.

I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I will ever use Rafflecopter again. We’ll see how YOU like it. If you have an opinion one way or the other, you can leave a comment on this post telling what you think about Rafflecopter and it will not affect the contest. I will only be picking the random winner from the Rafflecopter list within the widget – not from the comment list below.

I am the only one that sees the Rafflecopter entries and your contact info will not be sold or shown to anyone else. So no worries there. You do have to log in just as you would when leaving a post. This allows me to get back to you if you win.

Contest ended at 11:59 on April 30th.

Thank you and Good Luck Everyone!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats to the winner, Gen! Thank you to everyone that participated.

The Terms and Conditions:This contest closes at 11:59 PM (PST) April 30th, 2014. The contest is only open to residents of the United States. The winner will be selected randomly via Rafflecopter.com and notified by email. Each winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be selected. Once the winner is confirmed, it will be announced here and on Facebook and Twitter. The winner will receive one new Mason Shaker as shown in the above photo. Any information collected is only used for this contest. It will not be shared or sold at any time. (I promise!)

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Theresa Loe is the Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.)

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  • Susan April 25, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Peach is my favorite. I love blueberry and strawberry too. Because jam tastes awesome!

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  • Iris April 25, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I love peach jam unless I change my my mind and decide I love blackberry jam… and I do change my mine, sometimes, so sometimes I love strawberry jam. I love jam… ;) )

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  • Courtney April 25, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Strawberry jam is my fave because its delicious!

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  • Iris April 25, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I heart rafflecopter except for the fact that I have never won anything with rafflecopter but maybe that is gonna change…!!

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  • Jenny April 25, 2014 at 5:46 am

    My favorite jam is elderberry honey jam. I like to add it, thinned down, to gin & tonics with lime. Yum!

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  • Cindy April 25, 2014 at 6:08 am

    My favorite jam to make is tomato jam. I discovered several recipes when I found myself with a bumper crop of grape tomatoes. I make two versions. The standard version is a sweet tart tomato jam and I make a spicy tomato jam too. Each can be used as a replacement for catsup. I get raves when I offer these jams at a barbecue. I very much like to use the spicy version as a sauce to top meatloaf or in place of catsup in recipes like sloppy joes. When I first heard about tomato jam, I could not imagine how this could be something enjoyable. However, finding myself in a situation where I needed to find a creative way to use up my bumper crop I stretched a little and learned how wrong I was.

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  • diana v. April 25, 2014 at 6:25 am

    ginger peach jam

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  • Howard Eldridge April 25, 2014 at 7:04 am

    My favorite jam is the blueberry jam an aunt used to make when I was a kid. My cousins and I would pick blueberries on their farm in the early morning. To get to the blueberry patch, we had to go through the cow pasture. Sometimes, that was an adventure all of it’s own. After picking them, we’d take turns carrying the heavy bucket on our return to the farmhouse. It was a delight to wander into the kitchen as my aunt and cousins were busy making the jam. The scents linger with me to this day.

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  • Lisa Smith April 25, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Peach Jam is my favorite

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  • Kathy April 25, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Raspberry jam is my favorite.

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  • Debbie April 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Couldn’t get the giveaway to take the comment but my favorite jam is blueberry lime. I like to put a sliver of lime or lemon in jams before sealing for a little acid note in all that sweetness.

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  • Doina April 25, 2014 at 7:32 am

    My favorite jam is peach.

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  • Lizzie April 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    My favorite jam is my homemade jam, well, jelly, actually, from my homegrown Catawba grapes. Last year was my first grape harvest, and I ended up with eighteen pounds, from my two little vines! It was amazing, and the jelly came out fantastic!

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  • Laura Bonham April 25, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this neat addition to the kitchen!!!

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  • Jen April 25, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I’m not into jam so much, but get nostalgia over apricot jam. I remember my mom wax sealing the jars when I was young.

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    • theresa April 26, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Jen – I remember waxing too. :-) Too bad we can’t do that anymore. It was fun to suck the jam off the bottom of the wax as a kid.

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  • Tammy April 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I loooove peach jam. So light and fresh!

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  • Corrine Richey April 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Great idea for making flavored cool drinks if you leave out the alcohol.

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  • Barbara King April 25, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I have two favorite jam flavors–apricot/nectarine and cran/raspberry. My family and friends look forward to them each year. I love the idea of a jamtini! I can’t wait to try it!

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  • Barbara April 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

    My kids created the flavor “razzleberrynectarfig”. We didn’t know what to expect with this new flavor…but it turned out really good. They gave them away as Christmas gifts. We had so much fun choosing the fruit combinations and the name!

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    • theresa April 26, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Oh Barbara – That is so incredibly clever to create a name. I love it. I am going to tell my boys about this. We make various jams each year and I think creating a flavor name that sounds like that is fabulous. Thank you for sharing that!

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  • Heidi April 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I love peach jam! Tastes like summer!

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  • Anna April 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

    My favorite fruit is strawberry so strawberry jam!!

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  • Corrine April 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    My currant favorite jam is European plum jam. Though I don’t always get it set up because I often use the overripe fruit when we’ve eaten our fill.

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  • Nancy April 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I made olallieberry jam last year – definitely my new favorite! I pass a pick-your-own farm frequently & finally got around to picking olallieberries – great day, delicious fruit.

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  • Tracey Kruger April 25, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Strawberry is my absolute favorite. It just makes me think of summer, and goes so well with so many things. :-)

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  • Jennie Brooks April 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I do not have a favorite jam but I would love to win this shaker. I know just who I would give it to. Great hostess gift idea. Thanks.

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  • Veronica April 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

    My mom’s homemade strawberry jam…as kids we’d spend the day picking berries, eating as many as we could :-) cleaning them and then she’d make this fantastic freezer jam. The best over her homemade buttermilk pancakes! She is 91 now so my sisters and I do all the labor while she supervises!

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  • Laura Bell April 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Favorite jam? Any homemade. I love, love, looove peach jam – that’s a Southern childhood summer in a jar right there. Or strawberry – I once made some with fruit grown hydroponically in the lower elevations of the Sierras. It was the best strawberry jam I have ever tasted, and everyone who tasted it agreed. Unfortunately, the next year when I went for more strawberries, the grower was no longer in business. Heartbreaking. My newest creation is cherry-lime marmalade/jam. I love it because the flavors are tart and sweet and tangy and a little goes a long way so I can make one season last a whole year. I think this will be my jamtini tonight!

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  • Sheila April 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Homemade Concord grape jam, yum, reminds me of driving thru Concord grape country in upstate NY as a kid. The ripening grape fragrance coming off the warm vines was intoxicating.

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  • Deborah A April 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    My favorite is any jam we make with foraged fruits–working on mulberry this week. We have done elderberry and wild plum, most recently!

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  • Candy Fortner April 25, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I love peach and pluot jam – the combo is wonderful and alone, they both shine

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  • Stacy Hafer April 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Oh how I love all flavors of jam. Apricot, boysenberry, raspberry…simply delicious. I love jam on toast, crackers, with peanut butter or just straight from the jar (of course I use a spoon).

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  • Terry Smith April 25, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    pluot jam is tart and sweet – perfect

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    • theresa April 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Terry-
      I have never made pluot jam before. But I planted a tree last year, so I am anxiously waiting for my first crop so I can!
      ~Theresa

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  • Lana Silchuk April 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Love apricot and wild plum jams (the sour/sweet one).

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  • Carol April 25, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Guess my favorite is peach jam, but I love all types!

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  • Nicky F April 26, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I love white raspberry jam. Very interesting flavor!

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  • Lisa Swieson April 26, 2014 at 6:57 am

    my favorite is cherry jam, made from my own northstar pie cherries. i love the deep red color and the tart flavor. blackberry would be a close second.

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  • joe April 26, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I love peach jam!! I would also love to have that shaker.

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  • Hannah Sullivan April 26, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Strawberry Freezer Jam because it tastes so fresh!

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  • Natalie Sanchez April 26, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I’ll have to whip up a cocktail with the last of my berry jam.

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  • Max April 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I LOVE ALL JAMS. I LOVE ALL JAMS ‘CUZ YOU CAN PUT JAMS ON EVERYTHING!!!

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  • Theresa April 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Wow! I see so many who love peach…me too! It’s just the perfect blend of sweet and slightly tart, and oh-so delicious! Yum!

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  • Gen April 26, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I have always loved raspberry jam. It tastes like heaven, and reminds me of berry picking with my family when I was a kid.

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  • Margaret Kocevar April 27, 2014 at 7:47 am

    my favorite jam is peach/blueberry because they make such a tasteful duet to my mouth.

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  • Karen April 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I love fig jam. We have a mission fig tree that produces 50-200 figs a day in season. I like to eat the jam with cheese and also with Greek yogurt

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  • Stephanie Olmsted April 27, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    My favorite jam is strawberry. . Just becuase

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  • Shawna Coronado April 28, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Would love to muddle in some fresh mint to add a little kick to this. My fav jamtini is the jammie-jam flavor of the moment. Peach sounds great!

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  • Tom Weigand April 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I just wonder if a Traffic Jam counts.I do some of my best stewing,in traffic jams!

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  • Debbie McMurry April 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    My favorite jam is blackberry. I grow my own berries and have many. My grands love it!!

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  • Kylee Baumle April 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Somehow I missed this post! My favorite jam is raspberry, in spite of those little seeds. I just love the flavor of it and it goes well with so many things – like CHOCOLATE! Strawberry is a close second! And if we had it here, I’d buy mora jam or jelly all the time, but I have only been able to find it in Ecuador, which is where I first tasted it. It’s mulberry and I just can’t find it here! :-(

    By the way, I LOVE Rafflecopter for giveaways! This Mason jar shaker is so cool!

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  • Janet Roberson May 3, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Strawberry!…because it reminds of the warmth of Summer.

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  • Melissa June 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    My favorite jam is apricot. Not too sweet and so very tasty.

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