Shake up a spoonful of jam with splash of gin and a dash of lemon for the ultimate Jam Smash Cocktail. (Skip to recipe.)

3 kinds of Jam Smash Cocktail


I hope you all had a warm and wonderful Christmas, and made lots of cherished new memories.

Ours was very special, and it’s not over yet. We’re heading off to my mom’s at Prince George to spend New Years. I am looking forward to it.

We will be celebrating with these tart and tangy Jam Smash Cocktails, ringing in the upcoming year in style.

Gettin' ready to jam smash

Raspberry Smash, Blackcurrant Smash, and Apricot Smash

The name sounds like some kind of funky dance, doesn’t it? Well, it’s kind of like a party in your mouth. Lemony and fruity and with a fresh little kick. Just the thing for a celebration.

shakin it up with a jam smash cocktail

Have you got a stash of delicious homemade jam in your pantry? How about making it the star of the show in these Jam-Smashin’ Cocktails? Celebrate a little bit of last summer in your glass, as you toast the winter we’re having and the summer coming up.

Jam Smash - black currant

Or try some of these other delicious holiday drinks for a spot of cheer.

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Kitchen Frau Notes: Use any good quality jam you have, either homemade or purchased. Make sure it is a very flavourful jam, made without additives or preservatives.

three jam smash cocktails

Jam Smash (a delicious Jam Cocktail)

  • 1 tablespoon good quality fruit jam
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz.) gin
  • ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the jam, lemon juice, and gin. Shake vigourously to break up the jam and mix the ingredients well. Pour through a fine meshed tea strainer into a cocktail glass, to strain out the chunky bits. Stir the solids in the strainer to get all the last bits of flavour into the glass.


Add ice and serve.

Makes 1 cocktail. Smashing good!

Prosit! And Happy New Year!


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