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Looking For An Easy Cocktail or Mocktail Recipe? Try The Viral Jam Jar Cocktail

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With summer approaching, we’ll eventually be spending more time outside which means we’re going to need a go-to cocktail or mocktail to beat the heat. If you’ve been trying to find a new recipe to add to your summer lineup, let me tell you about the new trend: Cocktails with jam. Jam Jar Cocktails have taken over social media and they’re simple to make, especially if you’re nearly out of jam. Instead of throwing away the jar with the little bits of jelly that aren’t enough to spread on anything, make a cocktail or mocktail out of it instead by only using a few extra ingredients. Not only do these drinks taste good, but you can make them look cute for your summer festivities. This recipe is Here’s everything you need to know about making the viral jam jar cocktail!

The Process

I am a cocktail girly through and through, so the second I saw this recipe go viral on TikTok I knew I had to give it a go. The process of making a jam jar cocktail is easy and takes less than 10 minutes to do. What is nice about this recipe is that you can also use it for mocktails by using the jam and seltzer or another topper of your choice and following the same steps outlined below.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • A near-empty jam jar or 2 teaspoons of jam
  • 1 ½ oz alcohol of your choice (or more if you like your drinks strong)
  • Top with seltzer or lemonade to your liking 

Once you have these ingredients ready to go, mix your alcohol of choice with the jam and add ice. Shake this mixture until cold and the jam is mixed in with the alcohol. If your jam isn’t seedless grab a strainer and strain the mixture into another glass. Top with seltzer, if that’s your thing, or lemonade until it is to your liking. All that is left to do now is to enjoy your cocktail! 

I didn’t have a near-empty jam jar, so I added 2 teaspoons of the raspberry jam I had to a mason jar. I made sure to attempt to spread the jam along the bottom and sides of the jar. You can always use a cocktail muddler to break up large pieces of the jam if yours has chunks of fruit in it.

The Verdict


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To be completely honest, I made two different versions of this drink to make sure I had it to my liking. The first one I made used ginger lime Poppi as the topper instead of seltzer because I didn’t have any and I used 2 ounces of gin. I found that the first drink’s combination of Poppi and raspberry jam didn’t taste right, so I’ll definitely use their raspberry rose flavor next time. The second version used lemonade as the topper and 1 ½ ounces of gin. I found that I liked this version a lot better because the tart and sweet flavor of the lemonade mixed well with the raspberry jam and gin. I would definitely stick to adding the topper amount to your liking depending on how strong you like your cocktails. I’m excited to try other versions of this drink with other jams and toppers to see what flavor combinations I can come up with.

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Jam jar cocktails and mocktails are definitely going to be the drink of the summer, especially because of how easy they are to prepare. Not only can you use other glasses if you don’t have a near-empty jam jar, but if you buy the mini jams from stores like World Market, you can easily make this cocktail on the go if you’re having a picnic or brunch. 

Have you tried making cocktails with jam? Let us know in the comments!

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