A Jam Cocktail Recipe: Lemon Verbena & Raspberry Jamtini

Lemon Verbena & Raspberry Jamtini
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Jam’s ability to glam up a piece of toast is, of course, a foregone conclusion. But have you ever thought about adding a dollop of this sweet, sticky fruit spread to your cocktail? You should! Shaken with ice and a shot of vodka, jam creates a cocktail of surpassing summery goodness. Whether you’ve been hard at work canning your garden’s bounty or hard at work enjoying the sun, a jamtini is just the thing to toast the end to a perfect summer day.

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Theresa Loe is the creator of the jamtini as well as the canning and preserving expert on the popular PBS show Growing a Greener World. This week, she’s running a Virtual Cocktail Party with several jamtini recipes to celebrate the canning season and encourage us all to enjoy the fruits of our labors.

This recipe for a Lemon Verbena & Raspberry Jamtini is an excellent excuse to crack open your first jar of summer preserves — or use up the last spoonfuls from the last jar! Theresa created this recipe just for readers of The Kitchn, but she has plenty more ideas on the Growing a Greener World website. Hop on over for more cocktail hour inspiration.

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Lemon Verbena & Raspberry Jamtini

Makes 1 cocktail

Nutritional Info


  • A few lemon verbena leaves OR a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

  • 1 ounce

    cran-raspberry juice

  • 1 ounce

    simple syrup (see note)

  • 2 ounces


  • 1 heaping spoonful

    seedless raspberry jam

  • Ice

  • Club soda

  • A fresh raspberry and/or sprig of lemon verbena as garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon verbena leaves. If you don’t have lemon verbena, you can substitute mint or just add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Add the cran-raspberry juice, simple syrup, vodka, jam and some ice. Put the lid onto the shaker and shake. Shake some more! (You need to distribute the jam.) 

  2. Add some ice to a 1/2 pint jam jar and strain in the cocktail. Discard solids in the shaker. Top off with a splash of club soda if you wish. Garnish and serve.

Recipe Notes

Simple syrup is just a boiled solution made of equal parts water and sugar. It needs to be made ahead of time and allowed to cool before using. In a small saucepan, combine at least 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and let mixture cool completely before making cocktails. 

Recipe by Theresa Loe of PBS's Growing a Greener World.

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