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How to Make TikTok's Jam-and-Sparkling-Water Drink

TikTok's Jam-and-Sparkling-Water Drink Makes a Delicious Summer Mocktail


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TikTok's new obsession is an unexpected take on a mocktail that involves a curious food combo: jam and sparkling water. In a video posted on May 2, Kat Chao, who goes by katchaomeow on TikTok, replicated the drink originally invented by TikTok user jocelyn.mp4 using raspberry lychee preserves and a can of lime LaCroix. "This combo sounds like a dream, so let's try it," Chao tells the camera, before mixing up a drink that looks way better than it sounds. In a later video, Chao adds a splash of vodka to the drink, resulting in an easy cocktail that takes just seconds to make. Feeling adventurous, I decided to taste-test the interesting food combo for myself.

The recipe is simple: one can of sparkling water and a scoop of jam. The flavour combinations here are infinite, but if it's your first time trying the drink, I highly recommend sticking with your favourites — whether that's blackberry-flavoured seltzer and strawberry jelly, orange sparkling water and peach preserves, or pineapple seltzer and grape jelly. For my taste test, I reached for what I had on hand: cherry-blossom LaCroix and blueberry-strawberry preserve.

Resisting the urge to pop the spoonful of jam directly in my mouth, I got to work, adding the jelly to a mason jar filled with ice. Seeing a glob of jam in my drink wasn't exactly appetizing at first, but after I poured the sparkling water and stirred the drink — the ice definitely helped break down the jelly — it started to take on a twilight shade of pink that immediately evoked a warm summer sunset.


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My main concern going in was the jelly, but it added a subtle hint of sweetness that instantly turned the mixer into a refreshing summer mocktail. The cherry-blossom flavour was a little overpowering at first, but once I got the jam-to-LaCroix ratio just right, the drink was surprisingly tasty. Taking the experiment a step further, I added a squeeze of lemon juice, which made the "jam water" tart, sweet, and 10 times more delicious. A few springs of mint could also go a long way here.

Was it worth using up a perfectly good spoonful of jam that could have been transformed into a batch of peanut-butter-and-jelly cookies? Debatable. But if you're looking for an easy-to-make yet visually impressive drink to serve your friends at your next backyard BBQ or pool party, this might be your new go-to.

See how Chao mixes her "jam drinks" here, and find out exactly how to make the refreshing mocktail for yourself ahead.

TikTok's Jam and Sparkling Water Drink

How to Make TikTok's Jam-and-Sparkling-Water Drink


  1. 1 heaping tablespoon of your jam of choice
    1 can sparkling water
    Ice cubes (optional)
    Squeeze of lemon (optional)


  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add a heaping spoonful of your favorite jam.
  3. Crack open a can of sparkling water and pour it over the jam.
  4. For a cocktail, use hard seltzer instead of sparkling water or add a splash of vodka to the drink.
  5. Using a spoon or straw, stir the jam until it has fully dissolved into the sparkling water. Enjoy!