Cider Bourbon Jam Cocktails. (with ginger beer!)
How much can I “can’t even” with fall? That is the question.
It’s pretty ridiculous and basic and I want all the boots and leaves and apple picking and cinnamon candles in my life.
This is how I’m dealing. By making you drinks!
Today I’m sharing another video that I made with my local favorites, DeLallo, a few weeks ago and all week I’ll be telling you about some killer fall eats. I can’t even wait to tell you about tomorrow’s recipe because I’ve had it on lockdown for two months – it’s really not THAT exciting, it’s quite simple actually – but it is my favorite recipe that I’ve made this autumn. It is sooo comforting and soul warming and, better yet… EASY. And yes… squash. Embrace it.
I’ve even made it three times since August which is saying a lot since I’ve been home for all of 13.4 minutes. GAHH I can hardly wait. But for now… cider cocktails with jam.
You can take a peek at the video below and see my baby bump covered in flour and imagine how difficult it was to make ten jam cocktails with one of my treasured seasonal items – apple cider – and not throw them down the hatch continuously. I jumped on the jam trend waaaay late but am totally loving the fun addition that it makes for drinks. And FYI, you totally CAN leave out the bourbon if you’re knocked up like me or don’t consume alcohol. I like to increase the ginger beer and maybe even add a drop of club soda – it’s kind of like a jam-my apple cider punch? Then add a bunch of fruit slices and maybe some pretty star anise and go to town.
For my first seasonal jam cocktail, I used the DeLallo citrus marmalade because, um, it’s made with freaking clementines! Dead. Hello, lover. I love apple cider with a hint of orange and citrus, and tend to love bourbon with the same, so I knew it would work. The tricky part in using a marmalade can be the rind slices – so you may want to make sure you get a hefty spoonful of mostly jam without thick rind – that way it can combine with the liquid in the shaker and be poured into the glass.
Since I like to torture myself, I also made these cocktails for friends, first with some apple butter (which was awesome, though depending on the consistency you may need slightly less than a teaspoon) and then with… fig jam. Oh mylanta. Fig jam is probably my favorite jam, and even though I could only sneak a tiny sip, I can probably say that would be my go-to. Triple berry jam works too. Oh does it.
My grandpa is all “oh aren’t you drinking a glass of wine everyday? You can do that while you’re pregnant,” and looks at me like I’m crazy when I say “well… no?” Ohhhhh the mad men days.
Cider Bourbon Jam Cocktails
3 ounces apple cider
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 teaspoon your favorite jam jam (I used delallo clementine marmalade)
2 ounces ginger beer
freshly grated nutmeg
dried apples, sliced apples and/or oranges for serving
Add the apple cider, bourbon and jam to a cocktail shaker or mason jar with a few ice cubes. Shake until mixed, about 30 seconds, then pour the drink into a frosty glass. I prefer to use frosty glasses over actual ice because I find that the jam sticks to the ice.
Top off the cocktail with the ginger beer, a few fresh grates of nutmeg if you'd like, and an orange or apple slice. Serve with a spoon (with more jam if desired) - the secret to these cocktails is to stir occasionally so the jam doesn't settle so much. Enjoy!
so much yes.