Spiced Merlot Jelly

This photo was taken after I had already given away 18 jars.

Welcome to the third of twelve installments of the “Jelly of the Month” Club.  I desperately needed some holiday gifts for both The Hubs and my fellow office workers and bosses.   Boozie-themed preserves seemed to fit the bill.

So far, this potent potable jellies, jams, and marmalades have seemed to be a hit with all the giftees.


Today’s jelly smells so festive as it simmers on the stove.  It’s basically mulled wine in a jar.


Spiced Merlot Jelly


This jelly is great on a cheese board (or on a PBJ!).


  • 3 1/2 c. Merlot
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 c. bottled lemon juice
  • 1 (1.75 oz.) pkg. powdered pectin
  • 4 1/2 c. sugar


  1. Sterilize jars and prepare water bath.
  2. In a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot combine wine, lemon juice, and pectin. Whisk until pectin is dissolved.   Break each cinnamon stick in two; place cinnamon sticks and cloves in a metal tea ball (or wrap in a cheesecloth pouch).   Add spice ball (or bundle) to the wine mixture.
  3. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar.  Return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Quickly skim off any foam with a metal spoon.
  4. Ladle hot jelly into sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.
  5. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner 5 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner.  Cool.

Yield: 6 half pint jars

This jelly is a fantastic addition to a PB&J.  It just makes that basic sandwich a bit more elevated and elegant.   In fact, use cocktail breads and make this a quick and easy appetizer.   It’s also a good addition to a charcuterie board or a cheese board.

Instead of trying this out on the obligatory cream cheese topped cracker, I presented these peanut butter crackers it to The Hubs as an appetizer.   We liked these best.


What’s up next?

Bloody Mary Jam

Whisky Sour Cocktail Marmalade

Aleppo-White Zinfandel Jelly

Cinnamon Coca-Cola Jelly

Jalapeno-Tequila Jelly

Limoncello Jelly

Cardamon-Orange Sparkling Riesling Jelly

Spiced Apple Beer Jelly

Mulled White Wine Jelly


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