Inspired jam flavors are the perfect base for syrups for cocktails. Easily create a variety of simple syrups to elevate your craft libations.
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Flavored simple syrup made with jam creates a world of opportunities for creating interesting craft cocktails. It takes just minutes, the syrups store well, and the possiblities are practically endless!
What type of jam is best for making cocktail syrups?
You can certainly use something very simple and that will work fine, but there’s no reason to stop there.
Our friends at Raven’s Nest have created a line of uniquely flavored jams that have been crafted in small batches with their signature “sweet with a little heat” kick. Use them as the base for cocktail syrups and you’ve got the key ingredient for those cocktail recipes before you can blink an eye.
How to make syrup from jam
You won’t believe how easy this is, y’all.
- We found the perfect water to jam ratio to be 1:2. So we used ½ cup water and 1 cup jam.
- Stir them together in a small saucepan over medium low to medium heat.
- After the mixture bubbles, stir and cook for about two minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, 5-6 should be enough cooling time.
- Pour through a fine mesh strainer and if needed, use a funnel to get the syrup into a bottle or jar.
- That’s it! As soon the simple syrup cools completely you’re ready to begin some fun mixology.
- We stored our syrups in the refrigerator for over two weeks with absolutely no diminishing of the flavor or quality.
Be ready to make your flavored syrups by stocking up on unique jams
First, you’ll want to see if Raven’s Nest products are carried in a specialty shop in your area. Check out their Shop Local section. You may be surprised to find them right around the corner as they’re located all over the U.S.
Otherwise, they’ll happily ship to you, and you’ll want to peruse their spice blends and butters as well.
What drinks can you make with these simple syrups for cocktails?
Let your imagination go wild! Get creative and leave us some comments on what all you come up with. We started out by making a substitution with our Ravens Nest Syrups for one ingredient in three traditional cocktails.
In the one you see above we made a margarita, but instead of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec we added a shot of Blackberry Jalapeno Syrup.
This next one is a personal favorite, and we call it the Spicy Bellini. We put about ½-2/3 of a shot of the Hot Peach Syrup in the bottom of a champagne flute. Fill the glass with prosecco and boom!
We think the syrup made from Raven’s Cinnamon Pear jam just screams to be paired with a good whiskey. So an Old Fashioned got a twist by adding Cinnamon Pear Syrup instead of the traditional sugar cube.
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF RAVEN’S JAMS MAKES DELIGHTFUL SYRUPS FOR COCKTAILS. BESIDES THE THREE WE USED HERE, YOU’LL LOVE THESE TOO:
- Raspberry Jalapeno Jam
- Peach Habanero Jam
- Strawberry Jalapeno Jam
- Mango Habanero Jam
A final word about Raven’s Nest
We are proud to represent this woman-owned southern company. Raven, who is the mother of the current owner, started the business many years ago. That mother-daughter bond really hits home with us like we know it does with many of you.
We have personally created with, tasted and cooked with many of their products, and can honestly say we believe you’ll love them as much as we do.
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Syrups for Cocktails Made with Jam
- 1 cup fruit jam
- ½ cup water
- Stir water and jam together in a small to medium sauce pan.
- Stir over medium low to medium heat until mixture bubbles.
- Continue stirring and cooking for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool 5-6 minutes.
- Pour through fine mesh strainer into bottle or jar, moving solid fruit pieces to the side as needed.
- Cool completely before using in cocktails. May be stored in refrigerator for 2 weeks.
Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says
What a brilliant idea! I love making cocktails and always have some syrups on hand. These sound great.
Thanks so much, Bintu!
What a great idea. I love a fancy cocktail that is actually very easy to make! The blackberry jalapeno cocktail sounds so good.
It is! Order some for yourself… you’ll love it.
Alisa Infanti says
What a great idea this is. I made some out out blueberry jam I had and it was amazing with a little vodka and soda.
These look amazing and so tasty! I love this idea and can’t wait to try this out!
It really works great. Thanks, Beth.
I really love this idea! So brilliant! My husband enjoyed it too!
Thanks so much, Toni!
Such an easy way to add flavour into cocktails! Bookmarked for all the summertime drinks!
Great idea. Thanks, Michelle!
The blackberry jalapeno syrup sounds amazing. perfect for a cocktail.
It really is! If they’re not located near you be sure to order some jam to make it.
I love how easy this is to make at home! Such a great housewarming gift idea for some friends of mine who just bought a new house and love to entertain.
Housewarming gifts is a great idea Marlynn!
Such a genius idea to use jam! This would make it easy to make lots of flavors for a cocktail night.
I love that! A Mixology Party!
What a clever natural way to flavor syrups!
We thought so too! Thanks, Michelle.
Katie C says
These syrups sound truly unique and delicious. The second I read about making a margarita with the Blackberry Jalapeno Syrup, my mouth started drooling! I would definitely give that one a try
You’ll love it. Thanks, Katie!
What a lovely idea cocktail! My husband and I loved this recipe. So excited to make these again! So fun and creative. We absolutely love this!
Happy to hear that!
Claudia Lamascolo says
This was marvelous I can’t believe how easy this was brilliant!
Super easy, right?
Jersey Girl Cooks says
Great flavors! These just don’t last very long in my house in the summer!
ours either! Thanks!
I love this idea! What a fast and easy way to spruce up happy hour! Fantastic!
Thank you, Angela!
Emily Flint says
Easiest syrup ever!! Now I can ake any flavor cocktail I want whenever I want!! Thanks for the easy recipe.
Thank you, Emily!
Really nice post! I loved all the tips! I’ll definitely put them to practice next weekend!
This is fantastic, I love the idea. Also, what a beautiful variations! This is on my list to try soonest!
Im thinking girl night out with these syrups! yummy!
That’s a fun idea – set up a cocktail bar with the different syrups!
This is such a clever food hack! Much more budget-friendly than buying a bottle of syrup which will get used a few times and then go to waste!
Exactly! Thanks, Elizabeth!