We’ve got a lot of jelly in this house. It’s not because we’re avid canners, or have generous friends who are. No, it’s because we have a pantry that’s packed and someone (not me) is a “If I can’t see it without moving anything, we ain’t got it” kind of grocery procurer. And that’s why between the pantry and the fridge, there have got to be like seven jars of jellies and jams in there. I can’t bring myself to count.

I’ve been noticing this preserved fruit collection as I’ve been diving to the recesses of our food stores to see what is even in there in the name of eating what we have and saving some money. And like we do these days, I looked to Pinterest to see how people were using jelly in recipes, but one graphic in particular caught my eye.


Well, okay cool. That sounds like a pretty good way to use up some jelly! So I got out some ingredients and starting fiddling around to see what I could come up with that was drinkable on a Saturday afternoon. Being that I am not a mixologist by any stretch, this turned out pretty tasty. Results may vary depending on ingredients used and personal taste. But take what you’ve got and see what you come up with!

Sparkling Cherry Limeade Jamtini

Makes one


  • 1 1/2 ounces cherry jam
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce cherry concentrate
  • 6 ounces club soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  1. Put in shaker with ice and shake until well blended.
  2. Strain into a glass.

MMMMM. Also this was a chance for me to break out my camera and a few of the funky lenses Patrick has bought me and I stopped using because the DSLR is heavier than my iPhone therefore it stopped coming on trips outside of the house with me. It’s hard to get back into using the camera and remembering preferred settings and all the little things that come as second nature with regular and sustained usage of any item.

But back to the jamtini. Even though it’s a cocktail made with jelly, for a brief slice of the afternoon, you’ll forget that you’re so intent on saving money that the thought of putting jelly in your alcohol isn’t as sad as it seems like it would be. Or if you just aren’t in the mood to drink jelly, here are some other interesting ways to use up jelly.