I Tried the Viral Jam Water Recipe and It’s My Go-To Drink of the Summer

published Jul 28, 2023
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Can of Lime Le Croix sitting next to a glass of Jam Water
Credit: Choya Johnson

Is “jam water” the new way of enjoying your sparkling water this summer? According to social media, it just might be. Bay Area content creator@katchaomeow took to TikTok to show off her jam sparkling water creation, and thanks to her hyping it up, I was more than excited to give it a try. 

Since the creation uses very minimal ingredients — La Croix sparkling water and jam — I decided to take on the challenge. And, since I’ve felt that La Croix’s flavor (though refreshing) can be a little dull due to the minimal amount of sugar, I was interested to see if the jam would change the dynamic of the drink.

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How to Make Jam Water

You will need one 12-ounce can of Lime La Croix sparkling water, a jar of raspberry-flavored Bonne Maman jam (or the flavor of your choice), and a 16-ounce cup for your mixture. 

First, fill your cup with ice before adding in two tablespoons of jam. 

Then, pour in your La Croix to fill the cup to your desired level, mix together until evenly blended, and enjoy! 

Credit: Choya Johnson

My Honest Review of Jam Water

I was very surprised by the results of this drink recipe. What I expected was the complete opposite of what I tasted. The jam gave the sparkling water a more in-depth flavor profile, but nothing that was too overpowering. Still delivering a refreshing taste, but with a little more sweetness, the mixture actually tasted like a sugar-free or low-sugar option you’d get out of the store… but better. 

I really enjoyed this and totally see why people are calling it the “drink of the summer.” I could see myself experimenting with other flavors and jams and serving this as a great mocktail option to guests who want to have a refreshing drink, minus the alcohol.

2 Tips for Making Jam Water

  1. Use your favorite jam. While the recipe called for raspberry-flavored jam, don’t limit yourself to using only the recommended jam. There are tons of amazing jams on the market that are really good and locally sourced. 
  2. Get creative. For those who are over the age of 21, this could make an amazing cocktail by simply adding gin or vodka. Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Gin and Grays Peak Vodka are two options that I highly recommend.