What we love about cocktail mixing is that it allows for all sorts of freedom for creativity and once you have a vague idea about what flavours work well together and with which spirits, you can start going off-piste and coming up with your own concoctions to wow your pals with.
If you’ve been using a lot of sugar syrup of late in your creations, what about changing it up a little and using some of your store cupboard essentials instead?
According to Diana Novak, a craft spirits expert, using jam and preserves in cocktails works wonders and can help to “add a little extra punch”… so if that’s what you’ve been missing, give it a go and see what happens!
Speaking to The Manual, the director of craft spirits education at Palm Bay International said: “I love using [preserves] in place of some syrups to really accentuate the brightness of the flavor, [and] with so many combinations of fruits and herbs available in jam and preserve form, you have a vast array to use and experiment with.”
And you could even flip the idea on its head and make your own jam from scratch, putting in some of your favourite spirits for a boozy breakfast or brunch every now and again.
Making jam is surprisingly easy – all you need to do is chuck 1kg of fresh fruit and 1kg of jam sugar (or granulated with lemon juice) into a big pan and melt it all together until the sugar dissolves completely.
Then bring it to a rolling boil for ten minutes or so, put a spoonful in a little plate in the freezer for a couple of minutes and then push it gently with your finger. If it crinkles up, it’s ready to go into sterilised jars!
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