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Homemade Bourbon Apple Jam

homemade bourbon apple jam


homemade bourbon apple jam

Homemade Bourbon Apple Jam

A homemade jam recipe that incorporates the warm, rich flavor of bourbon and pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Processing Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 5 half pints


  • 4 lbs apples mixed variety
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1 cup raw sugar to taste
  • 1/4 cup bourbon


  • Be sure to follow appropriate canning procedures. Combine the water and lemon juice together in a large bowl. Peel and dice the apples, tossing the pieces into the water-lemon bath as you work to keep them from browning.
  • Add the granulated sugar to the apple mixture, and stir in the cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Cover and let the fruit macerate for at least 30 minutes on the counter or in the fridge overnight.
  • Transfer the apple-sugar mixture to a large pan, making sure to scrape all the syrup out of the bowl. Bring the mixture to a bowl over medium heat, and reduce for 15-30 minutes. The mixture should be very thick with little liquid remaining. Be sure to taste test – If too tart, add raw sugar to taste, starting with a half cup and increasing to 1 cup if needed.
  • Stir in the salt and the bourbon, and boil on high for 3-5 minutes, remove from heat.
  • Transfer the apple jam to the prepared jars, leaving 1/4th inch headspace. Apply the lids and rings and process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Remove the jars to a folded kitchen towel and let them cool undisturbed overnight. Check for seals and store in a cool dark place. If any have not sealed, store in the fridge and eat first.
Keyword apple jam, bourbon, Cinnamon, clove, homemade

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