Gin and Jam Cocktail

gin and jam cocktail

Gin and Jam ~ where has it been all my life? This 3 ingredient cocktail is the only one I’ll need this summer, it’s sweet, tart, refreshing, and incredibly simple to make!

Straining gin and jam cocktail through a cocktail shaker into a frosty glass

Gin and jam is a straight from the pantry cocktail that tastes fresh and fruity

Whatever you do this summer, stay away from those fake fruit flavored spirits…they’re so artificial, and a simple gin and jam cocktail will give you the same effect with just three ingredients ~ gin, fruit jam or jelly, and a little lemon juice.

Gin and jam cocktail with jam jar

How to make a gin and jam cocktail

Happy surprise, it couldn’t be easier!

  1. Shake up 2 ounces of your favorite gin with a tablespoon of your favorite jam in a shaker full of ice. A dash of lemon juice is optional
  2. Strain and pour over ice.

Note: gin and jam has a reputation for being super sweet, and that’s because many recipes call for simple syrup, which I think is completely unnecessary ~ the jam brings plenty of natural sweetness to the party.

gin and jam cocktail

Raid your fridge and create your own unique gin and jam cocktail

Don’t toss those almost empty jam jars, you can make a fabulous cocktail with that last spoonful. You can use any kind of jam or jelly you like (I actually used an elderberry jelly) and the colors will be beautiful. But of course, the better the jam, the better the cocktail. And if you love to make jam, homemade would put this over the top. Here’s some inspiration from the blog…

Gin and jam cocktail with ice

Gin is the perfect summer spirit

Distilled with botanicals, especially piney juniper, gin seems to me like the perfect base for warm weather cocktails. It’s light like vodka, but with an earthy flavor that blends well with all kinds of fruit.

No shaker? No Problem!

Mix this cocktail up in a mason jar, and then pour through a strainer to serve.

pretty gin cocktail over ice

More fun summer sips~

gin and jam cocktail
5 from 9 votes

Gin and Jam Cocktail

Gin and Jam ~ this 3 ingredient cocktail is the only one you'll need this summer as far as I'm concerned. It's sweet, tart, refreshing, and so simple!
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Yield 1 drink
Author Sue Moran


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce (or 1 Tbsp) lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp jam (any kind you like!)


  • Place all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Feel free to adjust the amount of lemon juice based on how sweet your jam is and how tart you like your cocktails.
  • Shake well to break up the jam and allow the ice to melt slightly. This dilutes the cocktail and makes it nice and cold. Then strain, and pour. Enjoy your gin and jam straight up, or over ice (cubed or crushed.) Garnish with a lemon twist if you like.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

gin and jam pin

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  • Reply
    February 3, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    5 stars
    I have tried to make gin and jam cocktails before but I just couldn’t get the proportions right – your recipe is perfect! (I’ve been adding too much jam and not enough gin, lol) Am drinking a rosemary quince gin cocktail right now and all is right with the world. Thank you!!!

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    Sharon toni
    July 4, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Wow, this is so brilliant, when you don’t have any mixers. Especially nice with tip tree pina colada cocktail conserve. ?

  • Reply
    June 5, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Amazing! Who would have thought? Can’t wait to give this a go. Thanks Sue :))

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    June 5, 2020 at 11:30 am

    5 stars
    Tonight! Can’t wait! Friday is here!

  • Reply
    June 5, 2020 at 8:08 am

    5 stars
    What a brilliant idea! G&J for summer! Thank you, Sue

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    Samantha Patterson
    June 5, 2020 at 8:01 am

    5 stars
    So excited to try this… gin is my jam! I have been traveling and collecting all these homemade jams and never have toast so this will be a great way to enjoy these. yummm

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