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Bachelor Jam Cocktail

Serves: Makes about 3 cups, 8 (3-ounce) servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ripe fruit scraps (such as stone fruit pits and skin, squashed berries, grapes, apple and pear peels and cores)
  • 1 750 ml bottle vodka
  • 1 cup turbinado (raw) sugar
  • Soda water and ice, for serving


Procedures:

Make bachelor jam: Combine fruit, vodka and sugar in an airtight glass jar or beverage crock. Stir to make sure fruit is covered in vodka. Cover and chill. Bachelor jam will be ready to drink after a few days and can be stored for up to 1 year if covered in vodka. Throughout the season, continue to add fruit and sugar (ratio of about 1 lb. fruit to 1 cup sugar) and enough vodka to cover.

To serve: Strain and serve over ice with a splash of soda water. Garnish with a few pieces of fruit from the jar, if you like.

Notes:Similar to the German drink rumtopf, Bachelor Jam is not a breakfast spread, but an old-fashioned drink made with fruit, alcohol and sugar. It’s one of the oldest forms of fruit preservation. The concoction is usually made in the summer with the holidays in mind, as it gets better with age.

Makes a delicious addition to sangria, but watch out, it’s boozy!

The fruit itself can be spooned over pound cake, ice cream or stirred into your drink.

Swap the vodka for brandy or gin.

Recipe courtesy of Scraps

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