Cranberry Wine Jelly

      It’s week 2 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats hosted by Meal Planning Magic.  This week I have another stunning holiday hostess gift for you.  When I go to parties I often like to take the hostess a bottle of wine along with a few wine glasses.  During the holidays I like to add in a jar of jam or jelly and this cranberry wine jelly pairs wonderfully with a full bodied red wine.

      This is one of the easiest jellies I’ve made because it simply has sugar, red wine, and cranberry juice in it.  It’s a gorgeous deep red color and the flavor is simple but delicious.  It’s great in thumbprint cookies or on toast but it can also be poured over top of a block of cream cheese at a holiday party and then spread onto crackers for an easy but elegant appetizer.

Cranberry Wine Jelly (from Ball’s Blue Book Guide to Preserving)
2 c. cranberry juice cocktail
3 1/2 c. sugar
1 pouch Ball Liquid Pectin
1/4 c. dry red wine

1.  Prepare a boiling water canner and 4 half pint jars.

2.  Combine the cranberry juice cocktail and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.  Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.

3.  Stir in the liquid pectin and return to a boil.  Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

4.  Remove the jelly from the heat and stir in the wine.  Skim off foam if necessary.

5.  Ladle the jelly into hot jars.  Leave 1/4 inch of headspace.  Remove air bubbles and place two piece cap on top of the jar.  Screw to fingertip tight.

6.  Heat in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes with the lid on. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove from the water and let cool for 12 hours then check to make sure the lids have sealed. Store for up to 1 year.

**Makes 4 half pints** 

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  1. This seems like another great hostest gift, and insert into thumbprint cookies. Jellies are so versatile, and I love cranberries but have never had cranberry jelly.

  2. What a great gift! I would have never thought to add wine to jelly!

  3. Lovely color Hezzi. This would make a great gift amidst all the other sweet treats and cookies.

  4. Lovely gift! These is a great recipe to make with so many different flavors of wine and juice. Do you know how much the `pouch´ of pectin weighs?

  5. I love that you can use this in so many different ways. Looks great!!

  6. Your jelly looks like a great gift.

  7. What a great gift to give people!

  8. This is such a great gift idea ~ very festive. It sounds delicious!!

  9. Hi Heather,
    This is a great recipe and what a special gift to give, my friends and family would love getting a jar of this beautiful jelly. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I love how easy the recipe is, and it looks delicious:-) Take care, Terra

  11. This would be unbelievably perfect for my mom-in-law! WOW!

    Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursday :)

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