Add colour to your cocktails with trendy techniques – like using jams, purées and shrubs – for fruit-based drinks. Bring out your inner mixologist and wow your taste buds!
Three techniques for fruit-based drinks
Cocktail rasberry jam and lemon
Jam Using jam in cocktails lets you get the right sugar-acid balance. You can use homemade jam or, to make life easier, a store-bought brand.
Ingredients 60 mL (2 oz) dry gin 30 mL (1 oz) lime juice 45 mL (1½ oz) simple syrup 15 mL (1 tbsp) raspberry jam + 5 mL (1 tsp) for garnish
Preparation Put the gin, lime juice, simple syrup and jam (except the garnish) in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a twist of lemon and the second teaspoonful of jam. Stir in the jam before drinking.
Spicy puréed-pineapple-and-coriander cocktail
Purée Choose a ripe pineapple, one with good sugar-acid balance, or adjust the balance using simple syrup and/or lime juice. Cut the pineapple into small chunks for easier puréeing.
Ingredients 45 mL (1½ oz) amber rum 60 mL (4 tbsp) pineapple purée 15 mL (1 tbsp) freshly pressed lime juice 6 coriander leaves, for garnish Spicy ginger ale Ice
Preparation In a blender, purée the pineapple. Crush some of the coriander in a glass to release aromas and flavours. Add pineapple purée and ice to the glass, and pour in the rum and lime juice. Top off with ginger ale. Garnish with remaining coriander, stir to combine, and serve.
Peach-and-ice-cider shrub cocktail
Shrub Shrub is a homemade liqueur made from fruit, sugar and vinegar (here, we use peaches and apple cider vinegar). Combine the ingredients in a tightly sealed jar and refrigerate for 72 hours to a week, depending on the desired intensity. Strain and transfer to another container.
Shrub Ingredients 1 litre (4 cups) fresh peaches, pitted and chopped 500 mL (2 cups) sugar 500 mL (2 cups) apple cider vinegar
Cocktail Ingredients 45 mL (1½ oz) vodka 45 mL (1½ oz) peach shrub 30 mL (1 oz) ice cider 30 mL (1 oz) simple syrup 90 mL (3 oz) club soda Peach slices, for garnish
Preparation Combine the ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Stir gently and serve.