Easy and Refreshing Jam Seltzer

If you’re like me and have a pantry full of preserved fruit spreads, you may be looking for recipes with jam and jelly to use up your stock. Enter jam seltzer! 

Another great way to use jam and jelly is to stir it into homemade yogurt.

jam seltzer in a glass garnished with raspberries and limes.

A Trendy Recipe for Jam and Jelly

Now, it’s rare that anything I so is “all the rage.” I don’t tend to trend. But this recipe using jam and jelly is just that: It’s Tik Tok hot and it’s a trend I can get in on with my old-fashioned homemade pantry. How funny, right? 

glass of red drink amid fresh limes, lemons, berries.

Ingredients

Jam or jelly — You can use any flavor of jam or jelly you like (see flavor ideas below). You can use homemade jam or jelly or store bought. That delicious fruit spread is going to be happy to have a new recipe to shine in! 

Seltzer water Use plain seltzer water or some of the new popular flavored waters like La Croix, as you like. So long as it’s bubbly, it will be delicious in this summertime drink. 

Lemon juice For the freshest flavor use freshly squeezed lemon juice, but bottled juice works just fine. You can also substitute lime juice if you like. 

 

ingredients for jam seltzer, with a completed drink.

Making this Jam Seltzer

It’s so very simple to make this bubbly and refreshing drink. Scoop jam (or jelly) into the bottom of an 8 ounce drinking glass. Squeeze lemon juice over the jam (or jelly) and stir to combine. Top with seltzer water and ice. 

There are so many flavor combinations to try, you’ll get all the way through summer without a repeat! 

Hot tip: If you have an eight ounce jar of jam or jelly that is nearly empty, mix your drink right in the jar!

Summertime Drinks with Seltzer Water and Jam

Plain seltzer water can be paired with any flavor of jam, but using flavored sparkling water opens up some fun drink combinations to try. 

  • Lemon sparkling water with strawberry jam
  • Lemon sparkling water with blueberry jam
  • Lemon sparkling water with raspberry jam
  • Lime sparkling water with strawberry jam
  • Lime sparkling water with mango jam
  • Lime sparkling water tangerine marmalade
  • Melon sparkling water with mango jam
  • Melon sparkling water with fig jam
  • Peach/Pear sparkling water with jaboticaba jam
  • Peach/Pear sparkling water with orange jam
  • Peach/Pear sparkling water with strawberry jam
  • Peach/Pear sparkling water with blueberry jam
  • Peach/Pear sparkling water with raspberry apricot jam
  • Berry sparkling water with blackberry jam
  • Berry sparkling water with strawberry jam
  • Mango sparkling water with passion fruit jelly
  • Mango sparkling water with raspberry jam
  • Orange sparkling water with pineapple jam
  • Coconut sparkling water with grape jelly
  • Coconut sparkling water with cherry jam
  • Coconut sparkling water with berry jam

hand pouring pink liquid in to a glass of ice.Make it an Adult Beverage

For those over 21, there are a couple of delicious ways to make an after 5-o’clock drink. Instead of sparkling water use a similarly flavored hard seltzer for a drink with a punch. Or? Add a jigger of vodka or rum to the lemon and jam mixture before pouring in the flavored seltzer water.

For a little extra style, garnish the drinks with sprigs of mint or citrus rounds. 

3 glasses of a delicious red drink.

Make a Seltzer Bar

Hosting friends for a barbecue? Why not set up a seltzer bar complete with assorted jams, jellies, and seltzer waters? Tell them how to do it and let them go to town!

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jam seltzer in a glass garnished with raspberries and limes.

Easy and Refreshing Jam Seltzer

Yield: 8 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Mix up a flavorful jam seltzer using your favorite flavors. It's the perfect summertime cool down!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tablespoons jam, any flavor
  • 8 ounces seltzer water, any flavor
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

    1. Scoop jam (or jelly) into the bottom of an 8 ounce drinking glass.
    2. Squeeze lemon juice over the jam (or jelly) and stir to combine.
    3. Top with seltzer water and ice. 

Notes

For those over 21: Instead of sparkling water use a similarly flavored hard seltzer for a drink with a punch or add a jigger of vodka or rum to the lemon and jam mixture before pouring in the flavored seltzer water. 

If you have an eight ounce jar of jam or jelly that is nearly empty, mix your drink right in the jar!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g

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About the author: Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle. She’s a certified Master Food Preserver and longtime gardener who loves to turn the harvest into pantry staples.

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