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Pickled Spiced Apples in Whiskey

Spiced Whiskey Pickled Apples

Picking apples is an easy way to make use of a bounty of apples from a fall harvest or just a bunch of apples taking up space in your refrigerator. If you have bags of apples leftover from apple picking and you have made all the apple desserts your family can handle, then it might be time to give pickled apples a try.

This Spicy Pickled Apple recipe infused with your favorite liquor is a quick pickling recipe. Quick pickling is different than regular pickling because there is no canning involved, and the vegetables must be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within approximately two months of making them.

Pick your favorite whiskey, bourbon, or vodka to add to this spicey pickled apple recipe.

Spiced Whiskey (Bourbon or Vodka) Pickled Apples Ingredients:

  • 2 apples diced or sliced in small pieces, Pink Lady, Braeburn and Gala apples are great choices for quick pickling.
  • One tablespoon nutmeg
  • One tablespoon peppercorn medley
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • One teaspoon of pickling salt
  • Two-three teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup whiskey, bourbon, or vodka, or even omit the alcohol, and simply increase the water!


  • Put the spices, sugar, and the apples in a mason jar. Be sure to leave about one inch of space at the top.
  • Add the lemon juice
  • In a saucepan, combine all other ingredients. Bring to a boil; then simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Pour the liquid over the apples. Allow cooling to room temperature.
  • Shake it up to combine all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate.
  • This quick pickled apple recipe can be served within an hour of cooling, but the flavor improves over the next 2 weeks. Believe me, it is well worth the wait.
  • You can eat it, use as a condiment on a dish, or strain it into a glass and drink it.
slice or dice apples for spiced pickled apple recipe infused with bourbon
Pink Lady, Braeburn, and Gala apples are great choices for quick pickling