Honey-Bourbon Pickled Blueberries


This perfect fall recipe is the side-dish you have been searching for! The bourbon, honey and blueberries create a uniquely sweet and tangy blend of flavors, sure to complement your next big meal.

Honey-Bourbon Pickled Blueberries
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
13 mins
Stand Time:
8 hrs
Process Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 58 mins
6 half-pints


  • 3 inch stick cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice

  • 1 ¼ cup white wine vinegar

  • 8 cup blueberries

  • ¼ cup bourbon

  • 1 ¾ cup honey


  1. For a spice bag, place cinnamon and allspice in the center of a double-thick, 6-inch square of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie closed with clean kitchen string.

  2. In a 4- to 6-quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick heavy pot, combine vinegar and spice bag. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Add blueberries and bourbon. Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes or just until syrup is heated through, gently shaking the pot (to avoid breaking the berries, do not stir). Remove from heat; cover and let stand at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.

  3. Remove spice bag; discard. Pour the blueberry mixture into a colander set over a large bowl; reserve liquid.

  4. Ladle blueberries into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace.

  5. For syrup, return the reserved liquid to the pot; stir in honey. Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally. Boil, uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until syrup is slightly thickened. Ladle hot syrup over blueberries, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids. Discard any remaining syrup.

  6. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

112 Calories
27g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 112
% Daily Value *
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 25g
Vitamin C 4.7mg 24%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 61mg 1%
Folate, total 4mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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