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May 03, 2021
Happy Hour is my jam (pun intended). Using high quality fruit preserves in your cocktails is a fun way to add a complex fruity flavor. In most recipes, jam can be easily swapped out for simple syrup or muddled fresh/frozen fruit. Even better is that you can use whatever you have on hand at home to make a completely customizable drink! Below, I will share a few of my favorite recipes, but you can adjust this formula for your own creations:
Shake with ice, strain and serve over ice. Optional: top with ginger beer, tonic, or prosecco for a fizzy spritzer.
My ABSOLUTE favorite cocktail right now is a twist on Half-baked Harvest's Cherry Bourbon Smash. I have tried it with both Cherry Preservers and Very Berry. I just love cherry because it is tart and not too sweet.
You can easily adopt any of these cocktail recipes to be non-alcoholic! A little trick I have learned is to add a splash more juice to up the flavor when omitting the booze.
My daughter loves this "pink" drink of Very Berry Preserves, citrus juice, and sparkling water!
Cheers --- and thank you to Rebecca P. for some great ideas and blog!