I am a complete convert to jam based cocktails! They are quick to make and the jam/jelly gives a more substantial mouth-feel (in fact you will never need egg white again!). This is not too sweet, not too sour, not too alcoholic, just perfectly balanced.

damson cocktail in a martini glass with lime zest resting on the rim. An empty cocktail shaker to the side

I used Eagle Rare bourbon in this cocktail. It’s a nice smooth bourbon that holds up well to the damson and lime flavour – but really any brand should taste good.

red coctail in a martini glass with a twirl of lime on the rim of the glass

Damn good damson sour cocktail

Damson, lime and bourbon cocktail
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine British
Servings 1


  • Cocktail shaker


  • 50 ml bourbon
  • 2 tbsp damson jelly
  • 1 lime, juiced and zest to serve
  • ice


  • Mix all the ingredient in a cocktail shaker, shake for 2 minutes and strain through a sieve into a martini glass. Make sure all the jelly is dissolved for the best balance of flavours.
Keyword bourbon, cocktail, Jam, Jelly
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One more thing!

Damson jelly is hard to find in supermarkets. It is more commonly found in country farm shops. You can find it online after damson season – but be warned – it sells quickly! If you are lucky enough to come across fresh damsons, here is a great recipe to make your own damson jellly preserve.