Guest Post by Tamu Curtis of LIBERATE YOUR PALATE.

I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”

— Millard Kaufman

Spring is the time of transition and spring cocktails should reflect the change in seasons. That means lighter drinks featuring herbs and fruits. Instead of making a trip to the grocery store to grab ingredients for your cocktail, we hope you’ll find that this Spring cocktail is delightfully refreshing and easy to mix up with ingredients you already have at home.

Jams are often overlooked as a cocktail ingredient but they are actually really delicious and will simply add more complexity and an added layer of flavor without having to make a simple syrup.

This cocktail can be made using vodka if gin isn’t quite your “jam.” And if you don’t have raspberry preserves, cherry, strawberry or apricot preserves will make for an equally satisfying cocktail.


2 ounces gin 

¼ ounce orange liqueur such as triple sec

¾ ounce fresh lemon juice 

1 bar spoon or 1 ½ tsp raspberry preserves


Add all ingredients into a mix tin with ice. Shake and double strain “up” into a Nick and Nora glass or a coupe. 

Make more at-home cocktails with Tamu

Are you self-distancing with and want to book a private in-home cocktail class? Meet Tamu on Zoom and travel the world while you experience a virtual private hands-on class experience.

Liberate Your Palate Virtual Cocktail Classes


You can host your own private ZOOM cocktail class party with Tamu ~ think virtual group date night or girls night out. The 1.5 hour class is $175 and you’ll get the list of ingredients & bar tools needed in advance so you can all prepare. (Don’t worry there will be common kitchen equipment alternatives you’ll be able to use for the class).

For those of you who don’t have bar stock or tools on hand, Liberate Your Palate offers a delivered complete cocktail kit for your upcoming class mixer for $65 (sans alcohol). You’ll get everything you need, and you’ll get to keep the bar tools for future use!

Learn more and set yours up here ~