For the lazy picklers among us, I submit this hot pepper jelly recipe. Because the jelly is just peppers, vinegar, sugar and pectin, you can use pickled peppers or fresh peppers, which ever you have on hand. Warning, this habanero version is HOT!
Flavor-packed cranberries abound during the holidays, making them particularly well suited to a shrub. The addition of rosemary gives the shrub a Christmassy flavor and the orange finishes it off with a pleasant citrus bitterness.
If you've ever been to Italy, especially the Amalfi Coast, you've probably had a glass of this sweet, lemony liqueur at the end of a meal. Not only delicious, it is also very easy to make, especially when lemons are in season during the winter.