Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktail

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If you find yourself stuck at home and looking for a tasty drink to make with your pantry staples, this Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktail is perfect for you. It is easy to pull together, tasty as heck, and gives you options while you might not be able to get to the store. We don’t need 100 fancy ingredients to make a beautiful and delicious cocktail. Look no further than your pantry to make this Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktail.

Two Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktails on a white table with a spoon of jelly and a juiced lemon on the side.

Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktail Summary

I wanted to convey some self-reliance in this drink. Even in the most difficult times, you can search through your pantry to find the essentials to make a fancy drink from the most unpretentious ingredients. I scoured my fridge to find the ingredients for this cocktail and came up with strawberry jelly, lemon juice, and egg whites to complement the gin I had in my liquor cabinets.

I put all of the ingredients into my shaker to give my cocktail a nice dry shake, which will make the completed drink frothy. I then add in some ice to the shaker and give another shake and then strain. There we have it. The drink. It is not hard and it has a ton of flavor. 

Dry Shaking

Dry shaking is adding ingredients to your cocktail shaker without ice and giving them a good tumble. One of the great benefits of dry shaking with egg white and lemon juice (or any citrus)  is that you end up with this deliciously frothy end product. If you only shake with ice, you will still get some froth, but the dry shake really brings the froth out of a cocktail.

Egg Whites & Safety

This is not our first recipe that uses Egg Whites. Check out our Sam Ross Sour cocktail and this Limoncello and Rhubarb cocktail for a few others where we use egg whites. One thing you need to be aware of is that this recipe calls for raw egg whites, which carries a certain amount of risk. Make sure you are using fresh, clean eggs and use all safety precautions. Also, consider buying egg whites which are always pasteurized.  

Ultimately, there will always be some risk when eating raw eggs. Inform yourself of those risks and choose for yourself. 

Lemon Juice in Cocktail

Some kind of citrus is required with this Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktail. The egg white requires an acid to react and give that frothy look and that texture. Lemons are an obvious choice, as many people have a few lemons laying around. Even if you don’t, I bet most readers have a bottle of lemon juice tucked away somewhere in their refrigerator. 

If you don’t have lemon juice, but do have limes or lime juice, that would also work in a pinch. Limes and lemons definitely taste different, so the end result will reflect that difference. They both will taste great. 

About the Jelly

Weird ingredient, right? This is a tasty recipe, no matter what times we live in, but these days we need to be more resourceful. The thing that shall not be named is demanding that we check the back of our fridge, our panty, and the nooks of our spice rack to stretch the food we have. So, I wanted to try something fun with the things men people already have around the house. Jelly is a perfect ingredient!

If you break it down, a good jelly is really a perfectly reasonable cocktail additive. Many drinks call for simple syrup, which is just water and sugar. Well, Jelly is often preserved with sugar, so it adds a sweetness that some may add with simple syrup. 

Jelly also has fruit. The strawberry jelly we use has big ol’ chunks of strawberries in it. If shaken in the mixer enough, they break down to very small chunks of fruit. While adding jelly sounds weird, it is a perfectly acceptable cocktail ingredient in a time of need. Also, did  I mention that it tastes great?

Do I Need To Use Strawberry Jelly?

Of course not. Use what you have. Some flavors are going to lend themselves better to this recipe, which is meant to have a hint of fruity flavors. So, if you are using jalapeno jelly or some odd jelly, it might not be quite as great.

Your basic jelly flavors, such as raspberry or grape would work fine in this recipe. Once again, the intent is to use what you have!

One thing to keep in mind when selecting jelly is the size of the chunks in the jar. This usually shouldn’t be a problem, but if there are extra-large chunks of fruit in your jelly, it may get stuck in your strainer. This isn’t something that will ruin the recipe, but just something to be aware of.

What Kind Of Gin To Use?

Generally, I would say “Use What you Like” or “Use What You Have” and this is no different. Many bartenders have a London Dry Gin in their home bar and that is what I think my first choice would be for a drink like this.

There are all sorts of gins and most will be great in a drink like this. A normal distilled gin, an Old Tom Gin, or a Plymouth Gin all should work great. The only one I would stay away from is Sloe Gin, as it is a liqueur and really not a gin.

The things that really distinguishes a London Dry Gin is a particular distilling process and also additives. Really, using a London Dry Gin ensures you are getting a spirit flavor within certain boundaries. That, along with that many people already have it, is the main reason I recommend London Dry Gin.

What Kind of London Dry Gin to Use?

Use what you have. We are staying in our house, so the ol’ standby of Kirkland Gin has been working great. This recipe isn’t completely overpowered with sour or sweet flavors, so quite a bit of the gin will come through. Use something that you would drink in a martini and you would always be ok for a cocktail like this.

Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktail Tips

  • Use what you have for Gin, but a London Dry Gin is what we recommend.
  • We used a Strawberry Jelly we keep for toast, but once again, use what you like. 
  • This recipe calls for raw egg white, which will always carry some risk. Inform yourself of the risk and make sure to use fresh, clean eggs. If you don’t feel comfortable with raw eggs, just exclude them from the recipe.

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Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktail

Two Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktails on a white table with a spoon of jelly and a juiced lemon on the side.

A fancy and delicious gin cocktail you can make with ingredients you already have in your refrigerator! This Strawberry Jelly and Gin Cocktail is an easy drink you can make with ingredients you probably already have! 

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce egg white (approximately one egg)
  • 1 Tablespoons strawberry jelly
  • 2 Ounces London Dry Gin 

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker (no ice) and vigorously shake for 15 seconds.
  2. Add ice to shaker and shake for another 15 seconds
  3. Strain into an ice filled lowball glass and serve

Notes

  • Use what you have for Gin, but a London Dry Gin is what we recommend.
  • We used a Strawberry Jelly we keep for toast, but once again, use what you like. 
  • This recipe calls for raw egg white, which will always carry some risk. Inform yourself of the risk and make sure to use fresh, clean eggs. If you don’t feel comfortable with raw eggs, just exclude them from the recipe.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Drink
  • Calories: 238 Calories
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 55 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Jelly Gin Cocktail

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Chandice Probst
    April 21, 2020 at 9:20 am

    What a great combination and I love that it can easily be adopted for a mocktail!

  • Reply
    Karen
    April 24, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Fantastic idea! I have so much jam, and not much fresh berries. Got the gin though 😉

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