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6 Easy Cocktails You Can Make with a Jar of Jam

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There’s a secret cocktail ingredient hiding in your cabinet right now, and you probably last saw it at breakfast: jam! The concentrated fruit spread is great on toast, but it’s even better shaken into an easy cocktail. Here are six drinks that put jam and marmalade to good use.

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Think of this cocktail like a brunch-appropriate Whiskey Sour. Made with Irish whiskey, maple syrup, egg whites and a heaping bar spoon of orange marmalade, it’s the perfect morning pick-me-up paired with thick-cut bacon and a stack of pancakes.

The Essentials

Irish Whiskey
Maple syrup
Orange Marmalade
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Ramos Gin Fizzes are notoriously difficult to make, but this cold and creamy take on the cocktail couldn’t be simpler. All you need is gin, lime juice, orange flower water, vanilla ice cream and orange marmalade. Throw it all in a blender and crank up the power. You’ll be rewarded with a boozy milkshake beyond compare.

The Essentials

Gin
Orange marmalade
Vanilla Ice Cream
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Fresh yuzu fruits are hard to find stateside—and expensive if you do happen across one. But you can easily find yuzu jam in any Asian grocery store. When the temperature drops, bartender Kenta Goto of Bar Goto mixes the tart marmalade into lemon-ginger tea with apple brandy for a Hot Toddy variation that will warm you to the core. It’s just as easy to make as any standard Hot Toddy but much, much more flavorful.

The Essentials

Apple Brandy
Lemon Ginger Tea
Yuzu Marmalade
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Traditionally, Martinis are evening beverages, reserved for classy cocktail hours. But add a spoonful of orange marmalade and suddenly you can drink them at brunch. This classic cocktail—made with gin, Cointreau and lemon juice, along with the aforementioned marmalade—is incredibly refreshing and just strong enough for 11 a.m.

The Essentials

Gin
Lemon Juice
Orange Marmalade
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Here’s the perfect fall Old Fashioned. Instead of a usual sweetener like sugar or simple syrup, the recipe calls for fig jam instead. A measure of bourbon and a few dashes of both orange bitters and Angostura bitters round out the cocktail. It’s easy but impressive.

The Essentials

bourbon
fig jam
bitters
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Bright violet ube ice cream (made with purple yam) forms the base for this gorgeous spiked shake, while ube jam adds even more flavor and color. A pour of rum, a splash of milk and some ice are the only other ingredients you need to make this camera-ready cocktail.

The Essentials

ube ice cream
Milk
Rum

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