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Easy Blackberry Bourbon Jam

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This Blackberry Bourbon Jam is a tasty grown-up twist on the classic Blackberry Jam and is so good on biscuits, toast, or fancy appetizer crackers with brie cheese. This is a quick and easy homemade jam recipe that can be made with fresh or frozen blackberries.

This recipe makes two 8-oz jars that can be stored in the fridge (or shared with a friend!) and don't require any canning or special equipment.

2 jars of blackberry bourbon preserves.

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Blackberry Vanilla Bourbon Jam

If you're the kind of person who gets excited about making things from scratch and using fresh berries, you're going to love this easy blackberry bourbon jam recipe. It's super easy to make without any fuss, sooo tasty, and a fun grown-up version of blackberry jam thanks to a little bourbon and vanilla extract added to the jam.

It's just enough bourbon to give this jam a little something something, but not enough to overpower it or make you feel tipsy if you're enjoying this jam on breakfast toast or a tasted baguette.

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Spooning blackberry jam on toast.

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How to serve this jam

My FAVORITE way to enjoy this jam is to serve it with a little clotted cream on biscuits, fresh scones, or croissants. A runner up is spreading a little on crackers and topping with a thin slice of brie cheese for a tasty, EASY appetizer.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs fresh or frozen blackberries (about 5-6 cups), rinsed well if using fresh
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon (zested plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice)
  • 1 cup sugar

You'll also need:

Ingredients to make blackberry jam with bourbon..

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Instructions

Step 1: If using fresh blackberries, place the rinsed blackberries in a medium-sized sauce pot. Use a wooden spoon or a potato masher to mash the blackberries a bit to help break them open a little. If using frozen blackberries, simply place them in the pot and let them thaw a little. No need to break them up too much because they will break up as they cook.

Mashing blackberries in a sauce pot.

Step 2: Add the bourbon, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes  - this will release the juices from the blackberries.

Blackberries, sugar, lemon zest, bourbon, and vanilla in a sauce pot.

Step 3: Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to bubble (or if using frozen blackberries, until they thaw - stir frequently). Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until desired thickness. For thicker consistency, simmer an extra 5-10 minutes. Remember, the jam will thicken a little as it cools.

Step 4: Allow the jam to cool, then spoon into jars and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

1 jar of blackberry bourbon jam.

How long will this jam last?

This jam will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or can be frozen for up to 3 months (though it's best to thaw it within 1 month of freezing). The jam can be frozen when you're getting close to the 3-week mark to preserve it longer. Make sure to use freezer-safe jars if you think there's a chance you'll place this in the freezer.

What kind of bourbon to use

Honestly, any kind of bourbon is fine for this recipe because you're only adding a little bit and cooking it down a little. You don't need the highest quality or most expensive bourbon here, any kind that you have at home (or pick up at the store) is fine.

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Can I omit the bourbon?

Of course, you can omit the bourbon if you want to make a kid-friendly blackberry jam. No other substitutions are necessary if you want to skip the bourbon, the vanilla and lemon zest gives this blackberry preserves recipe enough flavor without bourbon.

Related recipe: Cherry Limeade

How to make blackberry jam with frozen blackberries

Fresh blackberries are best, if you have those, because they are easy to squish and cook down fast. If you want to use frozen blackberries, I included the instructions above and in the recipe card below. Simply place the frozen blackberries into your sauce pot, add the rest of the ingredients, and gently stir the frozen mass of blackberries as you cook, to allow them to melt. It will take a few minutes longer than with fresh blackberries, but it's a great option for making blackberry jam when blackberries are not in season.

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Jar of blackberry bourbon jam.
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Blackberry Bourbon Jam

A grown-up version of blackberry preserves, this blackberry vanilla bourbon jam is amazing easy to make, doesn't require canning, and is amazing on toast, on scones or biscuits, or for fancy appetizers.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings (2 tablespoons each)
Author: Kate
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan
  • Potato masher
  • microplane grater
  • Two 8-oz jars with lids

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs blackberries fresh or frozen (about 5-6 cups), rinsed well if using fresh
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon (zested plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice)
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  • If using fresh blackberries, place the rinsed blackberries in a medium-sized sauce pot. Use a wooden spoon or a potato masher to mash the blackberries a bit to help break them open a little. If using frozen blackberries, simply place them in the pot and let them thaw a little. No need to break them up too much because they will break up as they cook.
  • Add the bourbon, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes.
  • Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to bubble (or if using frozen blackberries, until they thaw - stir frequently). Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until desired thickness. For thicker consistency, simmer an extra 5-10 minutes. The jam will thicken a little as it cools. Carefully taste the jam (it's hot!) and see if you need to add more sugar. If adding more sugar, let it dissolve before removing from heat.
  • Allow the jam to cool, then spoon into jars and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

Notes

  • This jam will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or can be frozen for up to 3 months (though it's best to thaw it within 1 month of freezing). The jam can be frozen when you're getting close to the 3-week mark to preserve it longer.
  • Serve with toast, scones, biscuits, or on crackers with a slice of brie for a nice appetizer.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Bourbon Jam
Amount Per Serving
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 92IU2%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* The nutritional information shown here is just an estimate and not meant to be used as dietary/nutritional advice. Please consult a nutritionist for exact nutritional information based on the exact ingredients you use.

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