One of my favourite gifts to make and give. Jellies made with alcohol- for adults only- and perfect with cheese and crackers.
This recipe makes 5 250 ml jars.
4 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup bourbon
1 pouch liquid fruit pectin
5 maraschino cherries
5 fresh orange slices
Juice the limes and lemons (6 tbsp of each). In a 6-quart heavy pot, stir together lime juice, lemon juice, sugar, water and bourbon. Cook over high heat until the mixture comes to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Quick stir in the pectin. Return to a full rolling boil; boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Quickly skim off the foam with a metal spoon.
Place one cherry and one orange slice in each of the 5 canning jars. Ladle hot jelly into each, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the rims of the jars, adjust the lids and screw bands.
Process the filled jars in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Remove the jars from the canner; cool on a wire rack. Allow to stand on a wire rack for at least one week for jelly to set.