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share a drink? – gin + jam

Gin and Jam Cocktail Recipe | via Honestly Yum

This week’s cocktail is so simple, so fun, and the best shade of pink. A simple mix of gin and, you guessed it, jam, you can most likely make it with what you have on hand. Though it’s definitely a reason to splurge for a fabulous  jam… or better yet, make your own.

The Gin and Jam Cocktail comes from Todd, the Drinks Editor at Honestly Yum, an honestly great blog that I like to frequent for food and drink inspiration. You may remember that I have shared a drink of his before. Thanks, Todd, for this pink and sweet and swirlable cocktail that’s as easy to make as it is to finish.

gin + jam cocktail

Dreamt up by: Todd at Honestly Yum
Serves: 1

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon raspberry jam
  • spoonful of jam for garnish


  1. Add the gin, lemon juice,  simple syrup, and jam to a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice and shake for ten seconds.
  3. Strain into a double old fashioned glass over crushed ice.
  4. Top with a spoonful of jam, and stir it in while you sip.

Recipe and images from Honestly Yum.
Cheers, I hope you stop back and elevate your spirits with me again!




yes please – chalkboard pots


I love these chalkboard pots from terrain! Not only are they black and white, which judging from my last few posts is a theme – but they are slate – which is another thing I have a thing for. In addition to their simple yet striking good looks they are a great idea – especially if you make your own, eat local, or buy in bulk. And if you do, bravo – you are someone after my own heart.
As it’s spring and time for farmer’s markets, and strawberry season is around the corner, these pots would be a great addition for the breakfast table, or for afternoon tea on the porch. They would also be great packaging for a gift of your own making or as a stylish step up for a restaurant or coffee shop.
All are available from terrain.



pantry projects

Burgon and Ball Perfectly Pickled Jar

If you’re anything like me, then you love a good project… and anything to do with organizing, especially in a visually appealing way that probably involves buying something. That is why I love these jars from Burgon and Ball, available in the U.S. here. For starters, they just look amazing. No more sticky labels with messy handwriting – just smooth glass and a fabulous font.

Not only do they look great, but the jar’s very nature begs for a project. As does the fact that we have now moved into the dwindling days of summer – okay I give in, the early days of fall. So it’s the perfect time to come up with things to do inside, that are warm, like canning. You may still have a lot of tomatoes left on the vine – make tomato jam. Or maybe you have, unlike me, already embraced fall and gone apple picking – make apple chutney. Cleaning up the garden? Homegrown herbs.

Burgon and Ball Delicious Jam Jar
Burgon and Ball Homegrown Herb Jar

Not sure how to fill your jars? Try this amazing cookbook. “Make your own bacon, cheese, and marshmallows” – um, awesome! (Stay tuned for my two new favorite cookbooks!)

Jam it - Pickle it - Cure it - A cookbook on preserving food.
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