Marmalade cocktail recipes & holiday planning. Shaken not stirred.

We all do more entertaining and social celebrating around the holidays. Co-op members are using the marmalades in brussel sprouts glazes (Lee), roast pork sides (Angelo), roast beef condiments (Mary), dessert fillings (me) and ‘same old’ chicken (Jackie #1) zing, but I wanted to give you all even more ideas.  (But wait, there’s more!) Try using marmalades as a cocktail or punch ingredient.  For a Shakespeare in the park* supper I made a very successful summer wine sangria with some of our preserves and have also used our spiced oranges for mulled wine, but here are a few recipes developed by esteemed mixologists.  When you think about it, marmalade has the essential sweet, sour, bitter and aromatic notes, all in a spoonful.  So try any that appeal to you, and maybe develop your own then let me know what works.  I will share it with our community.  Cheers!

This was created by Ryan Cannon at The Spotted Pig, NYC :  PG Tipple

  • For the tea:
  • 1 quart water, just under a boil
  • 1 PG Tips tea bag
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint
  • For the cocktail:
  • 3 ounces PG Tips tea (as brewed above)
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • barspoon of orange marmalade
  • 2 ounces Bulleit bourbon
  • garnish: lemon wedge (optional)


  1. In a resealable container or pitcher, add hot water, tea bag, and mint sprig. Let steep overnight.
  2.  For the cocktail: Combine 3 ounces brewed tea, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange marmalade, and bourbon in a cocktail shaker. Shake without ice.

    3. Fill a Collins glass with ice, pour cocktail (unstrained) into glass. Top with lemon wedge if desired.

    This one is from cocktail pioneer and the creator of Class Magazine, Simon Difford.  I think that Simon Difford is to the cocktail what Julia Child was to a roast chicken.  Take a look at his magazine and blog. Brilliant!

    Marmalade Cocktail 

    4 spoon Orange marmalade
    2 fl oz Bombay Original London dry gin
    ½ fl oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice

    Glass: Martini
    Garnish: Orange zest twist
    Method: SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
    Comment: Harry wrote of his own drink, “By its bitter-sweet taste this cocktail is especially suited to be a luncheon apertif.”
    Origin: Adapted from a recipe in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock (the original recipe serves six people).

    In case you have some of our Co-op Mission Fig Preserves around, I found this.

    Mediteranean (sic) Lady Marmalade

    6 cl Metaxa  (4 tbsp)

    3 cl fresh lemon juice  (2 tbsp)

    3 bar spoons fig jam  (3 tsp)

    dash egg white

    Shake ingredients with ice cubes, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.  Co-op HQ, aka my front yard, is all rosemary, so help yourself!

    Marmalade Martini, Food Network’s Marmalade Cocktail

    For each drink, combine 3 ounces gin, 1 ounce dry vermouth, 1/2 ounce lemon juice and 1 tablespoon orange marmalade in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake well, then pour into a glass.

    The Millington


    1 3/4 oz. 901 Silver Tequila
    1 oz. Orange Marmalade or Kumquat Marmalade (kumquat! totally Co-op!)
    1/2 oz. Cointreau
    1/2 oz. Orange Juice
    3/4 oz. Lime Juice

    Rim a rocks glass with salt. Pour all the ingredients in a shaker, add ice, shake and pour into the rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
    The Twisted Rivoli


    1 part(s) Courvoisier Cognac VSOP
    1/2 part(s) Apricot Brandy
    1 splash(es) Brown Creme de Cacao
    2 tsp. Marmalade


    Pour the Courvoisier VSOP, apricot brandy and dark cacao into a cocktail shaker before adding the marmalade. Stir briskly. Fill the shaker with ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
    *  This very independent theater company produces free Shakespeare performances in LA’s Griffith Park during the summer, and an innovative take on classics as well as original plays at their Atwater Village space the rest of the year.  Check out The Red Barn, an original play by David Melville.  If you get a ticket for November 17, in one night you can support Griffith Park Free Shakespeare, drink, eat, see an original musical about sex, ghosts and murder, AND hear a Pinchtones concert??  Shout out to ISC and David Melville, aka Dr. Pinch, and his Pinchtones.

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