Who said cocktails had to be complicated? In fact, you can whip up something quite special, just using ingredients that you probably already have in the cupboard – such as jam! These two recipes make use of two humble fruity preserves, to delicious effect. An accompanying slice of toast is optional…
With the comforting flavours of hot toddy and the freshness of chilled bubbles, this has all the makings of a wonderful cocktail.
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 teaspoon honey
Dash of fresh orange juice
Dash of whisky liqueur (optional)
110ml chilled sparkling wine
Gently warm marmalade, honey and clove in a small pan. Strain liquid and allow to cool completely. Pour marmalade mix into a flute glass, add a dash of fresh orange juice and whisky liqueur (if using). Top up with chilled sparkling wine, stir gently and serve.
A balance of sweet, tart and refreshing – with a boozy vodka kick – this deliciously fruity concoction makes a surprisingly sophisticated sip.
1 ½ tablespoons blueberry jam
22ml lemon juice
90ml chilled sparkling wine
Fresh blueberries and thyme to garnish
Add jam, lemon juice and vodka to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a tumbler filled with ice. Top up with chilled sparkling wine. Garnish with five blueberries and a sprig of thyme to serve.