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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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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.