I can't take credit for this ingenious idea — it comes from Madam Geneva, a Manhattan gin bar — but it's a brilliant concept that can be taken to many levels. Start with your favorite clear spirit, add some citrus for acid, and shake it with a pectin-based fruit preserve.
This time, I went for a gin, lemon, and raspberry combo with a garnish of aromatic thyme, served in a small jelly jar for extra effect. When Summer arrives, I'm thinking vodka with blackberry, lime, and basil. After that, who knows? The possibilities are endless. For basic inspiration, read on.