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We Be Jammin' : NYC Cocktails Made With--Yes--Jam

Bartenders around the city are scooping jams, preserves, and marmalades into their cocktails. The resulting brews are sweet yet faintly tart, and perfectly ripe for summer boozing. Here are our 13 faves -- but keep your eyes peeled, the trend is ... er, spreading fast.

PG Tipple at the Spotted Pig The stack of orange-marmalade-slathered pancakes at sister resto the Breslin inspired head bartender Ryan Gannon to mix up this sunny drink of bourbon, PG Tips black tea (think British Lipton's), simple syrup, lemon juice, and, you guessed it, orange marmalade ($12). 314 West 11th Street, 212-620-0393

Strawberry Smash at Prime Meats At Prime Meats, bartenders are rattling spoonfuls of Bonne Maman strawberry preserves with Rittenhouse rye and Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel bitters, to make a Whiskey Smash-like drink that's appropriately trimmed with sliced strawberries and mint ($11). 465 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-254-0327

Radici del Sole at Caffe Falai The sweet 'n' spicy marmalade in the Radici del Sole is actually Sicilian orange marmellata cooked down with a handful of ginger candies. It's shaken with OJ, ginger liqueur, and vodka, then finished with a pop of ginger ale and a smear of marmalade around the rim of the glass ($13). 265 Lafayette Street, 212-274-8615

Afternoon Delight at Co-op Food & Drink Rhubarb season is on its last leg, but you can enjoy its tart flavor well into the summer, thanks to a stockpile of house-made rhubarb jam at Co-op. They're mixing it with Meyer lemon juice and chilled champagne ($13). 107 Rivington Street, 212-796-8040

Knicker Twist at Rye This play on a "Knickerbocker" calls for vodka, triple sec, and lime juice, and replaces raspberry syrup with apricot jam, which is made fresh by head barman Sother Teague each week. He also whips up the brandy-soaked apricots that hedge the dainty coup ($10). 247 South 1st Street, Williamsburg, 718-218-8047

 

Madam's Preserves at Madam Geneva Try the entire menu of jammy cocktails, each topped with an actual spoonful of house-made preserves, like blueberry-rosemary, pineapple-vanilla, rhubarb-lemongrass, and starting this summer, Madam's "secret jam," which will change seasonally. It tastes like spicy strawberry, at least for now ($13). 4 Bleecker Street, 212-254-0350

Chinaski at Vandaag Vandaag's barkeep, Katie Stipe, likes to riff on her favorite cocktail, the French 75. Here, she combines Linie Aquavit, Cynar (an Italian artichoke bitter), lemon juice, and apricot preserves, then tops it off with sparkling wine and a twist of fresh celery ($13). 103 Second Avenue, 212-253-0470

Breakfast Martini at Fort Defiance In the morning, Fort Defiance serves the classic Breakfast Martini, developed by illustrious British bartender Salvatore Calabrese, just the way he intended it -- with Beefeater gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and a healthy scoop of orange marmalade. 365 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, 347-453-6672

Naughty Nora at Abe & Arthur's Bartenders began serving this cocktail -- gin, VeeV Açaí Spirit, and lime juice joggled with raspberry jam -- at the height of canning season last year. It's been a crowd favorite ever since. Oh, and it's served in a jelly jar ($14). 409 West 14th Street, 646-289-3930

 

Shu Jam Fizz at the Summit Bar Bright and just barely herbaceous, the Summit Bar blends DH Krahn Gin (used for its Thai ginger and citrus notes), apricot jam, fennel infusion, lemon juice, peach bitters, and club soda in this cocktail as an homage to their friend's grandmother's peach jam ($10). 133 Avenue C, no phone, thesummitbar.net

The Empire Cocktail at the Empire Room The Empire Cocktail comes with a bit of a show: Bartenders shake up gin, dry vermouth, Royal Combier liqueur, lemon juice, and raspberry-orange marmalade behind the bar, then top it with a glug of champage at your table ($16). Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, 212-643-5400

Breakfast Martini at Peels Braving herds of weekend brunchers isn't for everyone. Luckily, though, Peels' take on the classic Breakfast Martini, spiked with raspberry jam made in-house all summer, is served until 5 o'clock every day of the week ($13). 325 Bowery, 646-602-7015

The Dutch Courage at the Dutch Full disclosure: Kumquats are actually a winter citrus, but they work in this zesty summer drink made with Bols Genever (kind of like gin), Belgian orange liquor, kumquat marmalade, grapefruit juice, and citrus salt ($14). 131 Sullivan Street, 212-677-6200

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