I drink the brine on this one. I kid you not. This is a super old-fashioned pickle so self consciously retro that it’s modern again—ready for its place on your Aunt Bitty’s relish tray alongside the three-bean salad and the pickled beets.
In truth, this is actually two recipes: it yields a fruit syrup that is a stunning Day-Glo red starter for bubbling cold beverages, and also its by-product—my most favorite strawberry jam to date. Absolutely do not discard the macerated fruit.