Sparkling Jam Cocktail



We’re down to the final hours, 2012 is really just moments away. I’m ringing in the New Year in Portland, Maine. The working port is just outside my apartment window, the ferries chugging back and forth between some of the prettiest islands in all of the States, in my humble opinion. But it’s too cold to be out on the ferry. I far prefer sorting through pretty sparkling cocktail photos and sharing just one last recipe before we officially bid adieu to 2011.

If your fridge hosts a bottle of bubbles and a jar of jam, this drink practically makes itself! I have shelves and shelves full of homemade jams and actually just made a huge batch of three fruit marmalade (packed with grapefruits, lemons, oranges and several ounces of Spanish Cava). I call it my Christmas marmalade because that’s the only day of December when I had the time to make up 16 half-pint jars. Yes, I am totally tired.

You don’t have to use homemade jam, the store bought stuff will do well. Just add a teaspoon to a glass, or in this case, a pretty jam jar, and fill with bubbles. I tend to drink all my beverages in jam jars these days; I love the double duty they perform as simple vessel for liquid refreshment and reliable preserving container.

Whisk or stir gently and your New Year’s Eve celebration cocktail is ready. I love setting out a few jars of jam, glasses, spoons and a whisk, and inviting my guests to make up their desired sparkling drink. I used Prosecco for my creation, but you could opt to use Champagne or even Cava.

Until we meet again in 2012, we wish you a happy happy new year!

Sparkling Jam Cocktail


  • 1 teaspoon of jam
  • 4 ounces of chilled sparkling wine


  1. Add jam to a glass. Pour in sparkling wine. Whisk or stir gently.
  2. Serve and repeat!
All photos styled by Maggie Battista and Heidi Murphy and photographed by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Style.

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  • Maggie!  You’ve done it again.  Slipped one more fantastic idea in just under the wire.  Wishing you a very wonderful 2012, cheers!

    • Happy happy new year to you, lady! I hope 2012 sees us meeting up for a cocktail of our own!

  • Shelby @ Lady Gouda

    Wow! Beautiful and such a great, easy idea. Love the idea of the marmalade sparkler. Will definitely try this tonight. Happy New Year!!

    • Thanks Shelby! May we share many cocktails in 2012. Many! Xox

  • El

    Gorgeous. Happy New Year!

    • Thank you thank you! I would love to meet up and compare notes, and recipes, in the new year! Happy NY!

  • Anonymous

    Maggie  –  I love this idea.  Have never thought of using the jams in my cupboard to make cocktails!  Cannot wait to try this at home! 

    Was so wonderful to spend a couple hours with you – feels like years already!  Wishing you a wonderful 2012.  Looking forward to sharing a meal together this year!

    • Denise: Oh my, I loved meeting you. I hope you’ll be back soon. Or perhaps Seattle? Or Oakland? 🙂 xoxox!

  • BostonGuido

    I tried this and boy what a geyser. Cava everywhere after it hit the jam. Did anyone else experience that?

    • Hey Hey… So I do pour the bubbles very gently and I should update the recipe to say “pour gently”… once the bubbles interact with the sugars too quickly, it can be a BLAM experience. I’m sorry I didn’t clarify and will update it now. I hope you’ll try it again!! 🙂  Maggie

  • Heavenlykapua

    Maggie, you are truly the bomb – thank you so much for all the magnificent ideas.

    • You are a sweetheart, thank you! Happy new year!!

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  • I’m probably behind on this, but where are those jars/glasses and lids from? They are SO cute, and perfect for this.

    • They are called Weck jars and you can buy them online in several places, including Kauffman Mercantile. I just love them too! xox