5 Fun Ways to Make Cocktails with Jam

McCarthy's Cranberry and Quince Old Fashioned Michael Harlan Turkell
By Sarah DiGregorio Posted November 26, 2014

These smart cocktails will be your new jam. (Sorry.)

It's almost Thanksgiving. You probably need a cocktail or three. For some bright new ideas, we called up Laena McCarthy, the genius behind Brooklyn's Anarchy in a Jar, who loves to stir preserves into booze—a smart way to add complex, fruity flavor with a minimum of effort. You can find Anarchy in a Jar's preserves at stores nationwide and at Mouth.com.

Here, McCarthy's five favorite jam cocktails. 

The Parisian Salty Dog
Makes: 1 cocktail 
McCarthy recommends using a lighter smoked salt in this recipe, one that uses alder or oak wood rather than a stronger wood like hickory.

Smoked salt, for the glass
Ice cubes
2 ounces gin
1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 teaspoon grapefruit marmalade (such as Anarchy in a Jar's Grapefruit and Smoked Salt Marmalade)
1 squeeze of lemon juice
Club Soda

1. Lightly salt the rim of the glass: Pour smoked salt into a saucer. Moisten the top rim of a highball glass with water and then press it into the saucer to coat the rim with salt. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
2. In an ice-filled shaker, combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, marmalade and lemon juice. Shake for about 15 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass and top with club soda.

Cranberry and Quince Old Fashioned
Makes: 1 cocktail
This is McCarthy's ode to Thanksgiving—pour it all day long. In a pinch, substitute cranberry sauce for the jam. 

1 tablespoon cranberry and quince jam (such as Anarchy in a Jar's Bourbon Quince Cranberry Chutney)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 strip orange zest
2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
Ice cubes

1. In a lowball glass, stir together the jam, bitters and orange zest. Use a muddler to gently press the zest to release the citrus oils. Stir in the whiskey; add ice cubes and stir again.

The Fall Sweater
Makes: 1 cocktail

Ice cubes
1 ounce Irish Whiskey
1 ounce white wine (such as dry Riesling)
1 tablespoon pear jam (such as Anarchy in a Jar's Hot Fireman's Pear Jam)
1 ounce Calvados or Apple Brandy
1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse liqueur
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Orange zest twist, for serving
1. In an ice-filled glass, stir together the whiskey, white wine, pear jam, Calvados, Green Chartreuse, and bitters. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with the orange twist.

Easy Like Sunday Morning
Makes: 1 cocktail 
Here's a brunch cocktail that McCarthy says is great with pancakes. (And...that's a recipe for a nap.) You can use regular lemons instead of Meyer lemons if necessary—the cocktail will be a bit more tart.

Ice cubes
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounces maple syrup, preferably grade B
3/4 ounces Meyer lemon juice
2 dashes maple bitters
1 tablespoon blueberry preserves (such as Anarchy in a Jar's Easy Like Sunday Morning Blueberry Preserves)
Meyer lemon zest twist, for serving

1. In an ice-filled glass, stir together the bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and blueberry preserves. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with the Meyer lemon twist.

The Mustard Michelada
Serves: 4
"I got hooked on micheladas when visiting my friends at their restaurant Erloom in Querétaro, Mexico," says McCarthy. Her twist on the classic beer cocktail is spiked with mustard. 

1/4 teaspoon celery salt, plus more for the glasses
4 lime wedges, for glasses and for garnish
1 (16-ounce) can tomato juice
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon mustard (I used Anarchy in a Jar's Beer Mustard)
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
2 (12-ounce) bottles or cans of beer, preferably pilsner
Ice cubes
4 celery sticks, for garnish
1. Prepare 4 glasses: Pour some celery salt into a saucer. Rub the glasses' rims with a lime wedge, to moisten, then press into the salt in the saucer, to coat.
2. In a measuring cup, combine the tomato juice, lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon celery salt, Worcestershire, mustard and hot sauce and mix well. Adjust seasoning to taste.
3. Add a handful of ice cubes to each of the prepared glasses, then divide the juice mixture among them. Top up the glasses with half a bottle of beer each, then garnish with a lime wedge and a celery stick.

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