Jamming Our Tea: Preserves, Jams, Jellies Turn Drinkable

Fresh Kentucky Strawberries

Fresh Kentucky Strawberries

Forgot to make strawberry jam when the berries were perfect? Oops -- me too. And now we may have additional reasons to regret our grasshopper-like ways of ignoring the coming unfruitful season.

There is this, for example: we could be sweetening our iced tea with jam or jelly. I confess this possibility never occurred to me, but it occurred to Ana Sortum, Boston restaurateur. Her tea is not a locally sweetened thing, depending on Greek or Mediterranean apricot jam, plus fresh orange juice -- but ours could be.

We have already celebrated Stella's exquisite homemade local fruit/herb sodas. We could make our own with jams of different types.

Stella's Deli Strawberry Mint Soda

Stella's Deli Strawberry Mint Soda

And the cure for our failures to preserve early summer fruit: we can buy our way into jam heaven. Jennifer Gleason carries out the noble work of preserving fruit year-round (working from frozen fruit in winter) and we benefit from the beautiful, intensely flavored Sunflower Sundries jams and jellies she produces. I like the idea of blackberry-rosemary iced tea or soda made from Sunflower Sundries jam and my fresh rosemary. Or gooseberry-thyme, or peach-mint.

Sunflower Sundries Blackberry Jam

Sunflower Sundries Blackberry Jam

If you try this jammin' idea, please report back!

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