Re-use and re-purpose is the cultural watchword of the moment, but if you’ve had your fill of jam and chutney making, get more creative with your surplus of glass jars as a funky and original way to serve cocktails. Furthermore, they can save your life when you run out of fresh glasses at a party!
Stick with a theme by knocking up a bunch of delicious, jam based cocktails and don’t forget to save the jar lids to make instant cocktail shakers!
The most appropriate cocktail to serve in glass jars that have previously held jam is surely a ‘Louisiana Jam’!
Louisiana Jam in Glass Jars
- 35ml Southern Comfort
- 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 20ml clear apple juice (not the cloudy variety)
- 2 teaspoons apricot jam
- 6-8 fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 15ml sugar syrup
Half fill a jam jar with crushed ice then add all of the cocktail ingredients. Screw on the jam jar lid tightly and shake the cocktail vigorously until the ingredients are thoroughly combined, then remove the lid and top up with crushed ice if necessary. Serve garnished with a lemon wedge and a fresh mint sprig.
Glass Jars for Jam Mojito
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 15ml red fruit liqueur – crème de cassis, crème de framboise or similar
- 50ml white rum
- 50ml soda water
- 2 teaspoons strawberry, raspberry or blackcurrant jam
Blend the jam until it becomes a smooth puree. Add the mint, sugar syrup, fruit liqueur, jam and rum to a jar with some crushed ice and stir well. Top up with the soda water and more ice if necessary, then garnish with another sprig of mint and a couple of fresh berries and serve immediately.
Marmalady breakfast Martini
- 50ml gin
- ¾ shot of Cointreau or Triple Sec
- ¾ shot freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of orange marmalade
Add all the ingredients to a clean jam jar and top up with ice cubes. Screw on the lid and shake together thoroughly. Serve immediately, garnished with a twist of lemon, or strain to serve without ice, as is traditional.
Jammie Dodgers in Glass Jars
- ¾ shot of Chambord liqueur
- ¼ shot heavy double cream
Pour the liqueur into shot glasses or glass jars first, then slowly and carefully add the cream so it floats on the top. Serve at room temperature.