Made in Dorset using Strawberries from Sopley Mill and Fresha Strawberry Gin, this is definitely a treat to get your tastebuds going. Think about it, gin for breakfast (on toast,) gin for lunch (a nice little jam sandwich,) and gin with your dinner (cocktail o’clock!)
What I enjoyed most about this jam, aside from it’s gorgeous flavour and the very pleasant gin kick, is the fact that it has good chunky pieces of strawberry in. So many jams have the fruit pulped to within an inch of it’s life, but this one has pieces which are clearly identifiable as actual strawberry.
I first decided to try the jam out as intended…on toast for Sunday brunch, as you can see it looked delicious and believe me when I say, it tasted even better. I teamed it with some chunky bloomer bread and a touch of butter…I’m never sure whether to put butter on toast with jam or not…it didn’t matter, it was divine and as I’ve already mentioned, those strawberry chunks really made it for me.
Next stop, cocktails. In the absence of Fresha Strawberry Gin, I wracked my brain for something which would be a fitting accompaniment, then it hit me. The strawberries are from Dorset, so I should use a Dorset gin and would you believe it, we just so happened to have a bottle of Conker, Dorset Dry Gin in the cabinet.
I decided to keep it simple and in a cocktail shaker with ice, I combined:
- 50ml Conker Dorset Dry Gin
- 25ml lime juice (lime most definitely works with the strawberry)
- 1 large tsp Fresha Strawberry Gin Jam
I’m sure you’ll agree that the result looked beautiful and the flavours were the perfect balance of sharp and sweet. Definitely a combination that I would highly recommend. If it’s a touch too bitter for you, add a spot of sugar syrup.
So I only think there are two things left to say,
Firstly, a huge thank you to Fresha Strawberry Gin for sending me through such a delicious care package and secondly, get yourselves over to Amazon to buy yourselves some Gin Jam…it’s only £4.99 a jar and it is definitely money well spent!