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Hutch’s Happy Hour – The Jam’in Quarantini

Pubs and bars are closed, music and sports events cancelled, supermarket shelves ransacked…

If you’re staring down the barrel of a 24/7 lock in, not the fun kind after hours in your favourite bar, but socially distancing yourself from everyone and everything outside the walls of your home; then we’re here to help. You may have seen Amanda’s post earlier this week highlighting some great ideas of how we can all keep spirits high during this, hopefully short, period. As for me, I’m here to give you a little more ammunition for item #4 in Amanda’s list of things to do.

With all this in mind, I challenged myself to come up with a cocktail everyone can make with ingredients they’re likely to have already… so no unnecessary trips to the supermarket required… as let’s face it, whilst you might think it is, nipping to the shops for cocktail ingredients isn’t going to be deemed “essential” by the powers that be.

So, challenge accepted… I went about the kitchen in search of inspiration. First stop, one of my favourite places, the spirits cupboard! Whilst I have all major spirits to call upon in times of need, I decided on vodka being a likely staple of most people’s booze collection. If you don’t have any then don’t stop reading just yet! This cocktail is all about having fun and experimenting with what YOU have available, so I’ve come up with some alternative combinations with different spirit bases.

Step two… the fridge and thankfully, by pure luck, we made a well-timed trip to the supermarket before the stockpiling frenzy started so it was well stocked for this challenge… I went with strawberry jam, a bit different and packs in a lot of flavour along with a lemon to balance out the sweetness of the jam. I’ve obviously been watching too much MasterChef making comments like that.

The final ingredient I chose was sparkling water, a bit less common but can be swapped out with tonic water, lemonade or even plain old tap water.

 

Jam and vodka cocktail recipe - Hutch's Happy Hour, London brand photography AKP Branding Stories

 

Jam’In Quarantini

  • 60ml vodka [Hutch recommends – Black Cow Vodka]
  • 60ml strawberry jam
  • Juice of half a lemon [approx. 30ml]

 

How to make a Jam’In Quarantini

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice cubes
  • Shake vigorously for a minute to make sure jam is well dissolved. When I say vigorously, I really do mean it! The silver lining being it’ll count towards your daily exercise. If that sounds like no fun, you could always give the blender a go?
  • Strain into a glass of your choice [tip – pass it through a sieve to remove any pips and bits that might have been in the jam for a “cleaner” looking cocktail]
  • Top up with sparkling water and add ice as desired

 

As I said earlier, this is more of a guide so you can use whatever you have available in the cupboards. If your jam is stronger in flavour you may want to add a little more of your chosen spirit… if your jam is particularly sweet, you might prefer to increase the amount of lemon juice… you may have limes instead of lemons, give them a go instead?! At the end of the day it’s all about having fun, doing something different with whoever you’ve isolated yourself with, and trying to make the most of this bad situation.

As promised, here are some alternative ideas I’ve come up with, but not tried out, which may be more fitting to what you have or provide a little inspiration to you.

 

Cocktail Variations

  • Whisky, marmalade and lime [tip – I’d add a little sugar to this one]
  • White rum, raspberry jam and lemon [for a bakewell flavour try swapping out 30ml of rum for amaretto]
  • Gin, blueberry jam and lime [alcohol free with GinIsh]
  • Spiced rum, cherry jam and tangerine [a little more festive maybe but also alcohol free with RumIsh]

 

So, there you have it… the quarantini… the store cupboard cocktail. I’d love to hear what weird and wonderful combinations you come up with or even if inspired to do something completely different.

Until next time… stay safe, stay in and most importantly…have fun!

Hutch

 

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