Spiced Apple Beer Jelly

Every December, I try to create some sort of themed-month.  In the past I’ve done the following themes:

Twelve Days of Christmas Treats (2010)

Gifts from the Kitchen (2011)

Crafty Christmas (2012)

Hodge-Podge (2013)

Elixirs for Christmas (2014)

Gift Round-Up  (2015)


Last year just brought another hodgepodge of posts from infinity scarves, yard dice, cedar cacti planters, money boxes, cookbooks, book marks, dog biscuits, limoncello, jams, cookies, biscotti and book ideas.


I have grandiose plans for 2017 as well.  We will see how it goes.  I started out with some book gift ideas and I have plans for some sweet and savory treats.

So, let’s put the books back on the shelf and start with a sweet gift from the kitchen.


Need a homemade gift?

Thinking about why you didn’t do any canning this past summer?

Have I got a solution for you.  Whip up some beer jelly.  It matters not if your giftee is a beer lover or tea-totaller.  I guarantee they will love this jelly.


Spiced Apple Beer Jelly

From  BHG Jams & Jellies 2017


  • 2 (12 oz.) bottles of wheat beer
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (about 3 inches long)
  • 1/2 c. apple cider
  • 1 (1.75 oz.) pkg. powdered pectin
  • 4 1/2 c. sugar
  • 6 half-pint jars with lids and rings, sterilized


  1. Pour the beer in a large kettle and add cinnamon sticks. Let set out uncovered for 2-3 hours or until the beer is flat.
  2. Fill your canner with water and start heating it for the water bath.Add the apple cider to the beer mixture.
  3. Over medium heat, whisk in the pectin and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the sugar and stir constantly to incorporate. Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat. Discard cinnamon sticks. Ladle into sterilized jars and top with lids and rings.
  6. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool. Listen for the pops to ensure your jars are sealed.

I actually did make this jelly this past summer and I used a Blue Moon Honey Wheat Beer (allegedly a limited run summer batch).

I referenced this jelly all the way back in July when I was on a jelly and jam making kick.  Winter or summer or spring or fall, this jelly is delicious.   Wrap it up for a gift.

Don’t shy away from this if you’re not a beer lover.  The apple and spice come through.   Really, if you need an unusual and quick gift, make a batch.


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