This cocktail is a twist on a delicious gin classic and I must say I enjoyed it rather a lot.
A few weeks into lockdown, a friend who lives just around the corner dropped a bag of delicious homemade goodies at our front door. Inside were homemade scones and blueberry jam. The accompanying note read…
“I might have gotten a little carried away with the vanilla”
The previous week she had spoiled us with a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread which was incredibly scrummy, so I had high hopes for these scones and jam. I was not disappointed, the texture and flavours were fabulous, and yes, the jam was rather on the vanilla heavy side, but I love vanilla, so who cares.
Anyway, having received two care packages from her, I decided that I wanted to do something in return, but what? Now, this little lady loves a cocktail, so I decided to try and find one which I could create using some of her blueberry jam. Whilst perusing online I came across a recipe on the Craft Gin Club website which sounded pretty spot on.
A sour is a mixed drink made using a base liquor, a citrus juice (lemon or lime) and a sweetener. In this case the sweetener is going to be the blueberry jam.
What you need:
- 50ml gin
- 2 tsp blueberry jam
- 20ml lemon juice
- 20ml egg white (This will give the froth on top. Chickpea water is a great, vegan friendly alternative)
(I went very rogue and used 25ml Brockmans Gin a dark berry gin and 25ml Sir Edmond Gin a vanilla infused gin)
What you do:
- Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Give it a good shake.
- Strain it.
- Shake again with no ice.
- Fine strain into your glass. (I used a coupe glass)
I must say the I was very excited firstly by it’s stunning colour and then by the flavour. There was a great balance of sweet and tart, and enjoyed drinking it whilst eating a scone, heavily laden with cream and jam.
I made a little cocktail kit for my friend with a set of instructions and dropped it on her doorstep, she made it that afternoon and loved it!
So easy to make and very drinkable.