The secret cocktail ingredient you need to know

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The world of mixology can be daunting and expensive for students. Most of us don’t want to spend a fortune on obscure ingredients that will only be used a handful of times (we just want the drink to taste decent and get us drunk, let’s be honest).

But there is a simple way to upgrade your cocktail game with just one ingredient – and it’s probably sitting in your cupboard right now.

The humble jar of jam can elevate simple drinks like gin and tonics to make something that is even classier and flavoursome.

Simply stir the jam until slack, add about a teaspoon to your cocktail shaker with alcohol and make your drink as usual. No cocktail shaker? No problem! A few ice cubes in a clean jam jar will do the job. Strain before serving to avoid lumps and seeds.

The sugar in jam will provide the sweetness that simple syrup brings to classic cocktails. The jam also offers a tartness that you get from fresh fruit, for a fraction of the price.

Experiment with flavours and different spirits. Gin and raspberry, vodka and marmalade, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Feature Image Credit: Dziana Hasanbekava on Pexels

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