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Welcome to my basic herb wine jelly recipe! If you’re looking for a unique and delicious jelly recipe that will impress your guests or elevate your next cheese board, this is the one for you.

Combining the flavors of wine and fresh herbs, this recipe creates a sweet and savory jelly that is perfect for snacking or for use as a condiment. Whether you prefer red or white wine, there’s a variation of this recipe that will suit your taste buds.

This recipe uses simple ingredients, and the process itself is easy enough to follow even if you’re new to making homemade jellies. Plus, with different substitution ideas and variations provided, you can make it totally your own.

So let’s get started on making this beautiful and flavorful herb wine jelly that’s sure to impress anyone who tries it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Basic Herb Wine Jelly
Basic Herb Wine Jelly

Are you looking for a versatile condiment that can add flavors to your meals? Look no further than this Basic Herb Wine Jelly Recipe! The jelly is made using fresh herbs and different types of wine, making it an excellent addition to your food menu.

Why will you love this recipe? Firstly, this is a great way to use fresh herbs from your garden or farmers market. You can easily customize the recipe by adding your favorite herbs like thyme, rosemary, basil, or sage to create a unique flavor profile that suits your taste buds.

Secondly, the recipe uses both white and red wine vinegar along with dry white wine and red wine – this combination creates a complex flavor that’s sweet, savory and tangy all at once. The homemade jelly adds depth to dishes like roasted meats, seafood, and cheese plates. You can also use it as a sandwich spread or serve it on crackers.

Thirdly, the recipe is versatile and easy to adapt based on your preferences. You can substitute fresh herbs for dried herbs if they’re not available. Also, if you prefer sweetness over tartness, you can add more sugar to make the jelly sweeter.

Lastly but most importantly, this Homemade Herb Wine Jelly Recipe can bring people together! It’s a perfect item to share with friends and family at dinner parties or gift-giving during holidays.

In conclusion, if you love sweet-savory flavors with a hint of tartness and versatility in your condiments, this Basic Herb Wine Jelly Recipe is perfect for you. Try it today and prepare to be amazed by its flavor and aroma!

Ingredient List

“A spoonful of this homemade herb wine jelly adds flavor to any cheese platter”

Ingredients for the Basic Herb Wine Jelly Recipe

  • 2 cups of white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 4 cups of dry white wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, sage, etc.) or 1/4 cup of dried herbs
  • 1 pouch (3 oz) of liquid pectin
  • Pinch of black pepper

Ingredients for Making Herbal Jelly

  • 4 cups of fruit juice (apple juice or juice of your choice)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of fresh herb leaves and/or flowers
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pouch (3 oz) of liquid pectin

Ingredients for Wine Herb Jelly

  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup dry white wine or red wine (use the same type throughout the recipe)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped herbs (thyme, rosemary or any desired herbs)
  • Liquid pectin

Ingredients for Wine Jelly Black Pepper Recipe

(Adapted from the Basic Herb Wine Jelly Recipe)

  • Use the same ingredients as in the Basic Herb Wine Jelly Recipe, but add a pinch of black pepper when combining the recipe ingredients.

The Recipe How-To

“Impress your guests with a colorful and flavorful homemade jelly”

Step 1: Combine the wine, vinegar, and lemon juice

In a large saucepan, combine 2 cups of white wine, ¼ cup of white wine vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

Step 2: Bring to a boil

Over high heat, bring the saucepan to a rolling boil.

Step 3: Add the sugar and herbs

Gradually stir in 4 cups of sugar until it is fully dissolved. Next, add your choice of fresh herbs (rosemary, sage or thyme are recommended) to the mixture. You can use up to 1 ½ cups of fresh herbs or ½ cup of dried herbs depending on how strong you want the herbal flavour to be.

Step 4: Add liquid pectin

At this point, you should add one packet (3 ounces) of liquid pectin. Continue stirring the mixture for at least a minute.

Step 5: Return to boiling

Once everything is combined, return your saucepan mixture to a full boil while continuing to stir it constantly.

Step 6: Boil for 1 minute

After reaching a full boil, let simmer for an additional minute and after remove from heat.

Step 7: Skim foam and cool down

To ensure that your final product has a perfect texture, use a spoon or strainer with fine holes to skim any foam that rises to the top during cooking. Once there is no more foam left in sight, you can cover your pot with a lid and move it off heat for at least five minutes.

Step 8: Prepare the jars

While waiting for the jelly mixture to cool, prepare your jars by placing them in boiling water for at least ten minutes or wash them in hot soapy water.

Step 9: Fill the jars

Using a ladle, slowly fill your jars with your herbal jelly mix made from Step 1-7. Ensure that your jars are left with enough room to allow the mixture to expand or contract during storage.

Step 10: Refrigerate and cool the jelly

After filling all of your jars, refrigerate them for several hours, up to overnight, while they set.

Your homemade herb wine jelly is now ready to enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

“Spread this herb wine jelly on toast for a unique and delicious breakfast”

One of the best things about this basic herb wine jelly recipe is that it can be customized to suit your taste preferences. There are a few substitutions and variations that you can make to create a unique twist on this classic herbal jelly.

Firstly, you can switch up the type of wine used in the recipe. If you’re after a sweeter jelly, try using a fruity white wine or rose. Alternatively, if you prefer a more savory flavor, go for a dry white or red wine. You could even experiment with different varieties of wine to see which ones work best for you.

You can also mix up the type of fresh herbs you use in the recipe. While rosemary and sage are popular choices, you can also try adding thyme or even dried herbs for a slightly different flavor profile. Additionally, if you have access to edible flowers such as lavender or chamomile, you could use these instead of (or in addition to) the herbs for a unique flower jelly.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic version of this recipe, you can replace the wine with fruit juice such as apple juice. This would make the jelly less boozy but still flavorful enough.

Lastly, If liquid pectin is difficult to find in your area or completely unavailable, regular pectin powder works just as well; follow instructions on the packet for usage accordingly.

There are so many ways to personalize this herbal jelly recipe – don’t be afraid to get creative and try new ingredients!

Serving and Pairing

“A perfect gift for wine lovers who also appreciate homemade creations”

This basic herb wine jelly recipe is a versatile treat that pairs well with many different dishes, from sweet to savory. The wine jelly’s unique blend of flavors adds depth and complexity to any meal. One way to serve it is as a topping or garnish for cheese plates, charcuterie boards, or crackers. The herb jelly can also be used as a condiment for sandwiches and burgers, or as a glaze for roasted or grilled meat.

For those looking to enjoy the sweet side of this herbal jelly, try using it as a topping for vanilla ice cream or yogurt. The sweetness of the jelly complements the creaminess of the dairy perfectly, and the flavor is sure to delight.

When it comes to wine pairings, my favorite combination involves pairing the herb jelly with a dry white wine like Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. The delicate sweetness of the jelly pairs perfectly with the crisp acidity of these wines, creating a harmonious balance of flavors. For red wine lovers, try experimenting with pairing the red wine jelly version of this recipe with robust red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.

Overall, this homemade herb wine jelly provides endless opportunities for creative serving and pairing options. Feel free to experiment and find your own unique combination of flavors!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Glistening in the sunlight, this herb wine jelly is a beautiful addition to any table”

One of the best things about making homemade jelly is that you can make it ahead of time and store it for later use. This basic herb wine jelly recipe can be made a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it. Once it’s prepared, you can enjoy this delicious jelly with your favorite cheese or as a glaze for roasted meats.

When storing, make sure to transfer the cooled herb wine jelly to an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze the jelly for longer storage, up to 3 months. When ready to use, defrost the jelly overnight in the refrigerator.

Reheating the jelly is easy – place it in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until melted. You can also put it in a microwave-safe dish and microwave it at 30-second intervals, stirring in between until melted.

One tip is to pay attention when reheating wine jellies because high temperatures might affect the delicate flavors of fresh herbs and wine used. Always reheat on a low heat setting; otherwise, you risk damaging the texture and flavor of your homemade jelly.

Enjoy your homemade herb wine jelly anytime by making it ahead and storing with care, so you are always ready to pair or serve with your favorite meals.

Tips for Perfect Results

“Indulge in the sweet and savory flavor of this unique jelly, paired with your favorite cheese”

To ensure that your basic herb wine jelly turns out perfectly every time, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Use fresh herbs: When making any herbal jelly, it is important to use fresh herbs for the best flavor. Dried herbs may be used as a substitute, but fresh herbs will yield a better tasting jelly.

2. Don’t forget the lemon juice: Adding fresh lemon juice to the mixture helps to counteract the sweetness of the sugar and enhances the flavors of the herbs and wine.

3. Choose high-quality wine: The flavor of the jelly largely depends on the quality of wine that you use. Choose a good quality white or red wine that you enjoy drinking.

4. Use liquid pectin: Liquid pectin will ensure that your jelly sets correctly without being too firm or too soft.

5. Be patient when boiling: When boiling the mixture, be sure to let it boil for the full amount of time specified in the recipe. This will help the jelly reach its desired consistency.

6. Allow time for setting: Wine jellies can take longer to set than fruit jellies. Plan on allowing your jelly to sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours before checking its set.

By following these tips, you are sure to have a successful batch of herb wine jelly every time. Happy cooking!


As a sommelier, I want to make sure that you have all the information you need for the perfect wine jelly. To ensure that, I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about this basic herb wine jelly recipe. In this section, I’ll provide some answers to the most common questions so that you can be confident when preparing your own homemade jelly. Let’s dive in and clear up any questions or concerns you may have about this recipe!

How long does homemade wine jelly last?

If you want to keep your wine jelly fresh and tasty, simply place it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. It should last for up to two weeks before needing to be replaced.

How much alcohol is in wine jelly?

The presence of a small amount of alcohol, approximately 0.01%, in Wine Jelly has led to its consumption by people of varied ages and life stages like pregnant mothers and kids. However, deciding to consume it entirely rests on one’s discretion.

How to make herbal infused wine?

To infuse wine with the distinct flavors of herbs, simply place the herbs in a clean glass bottle or jar, then pour the wine over them and close the lid tightly. Allow the mixture to rest in a cool, dark location for up to two weeks. The wine will swiftly absorb the unique qualities of the herbs.

What herbs to put in wine?

When it comes to wine tasting, the herbs infused in a dish can have a significant impact on the overall flavor profile. Herbs like thyme, sage, and rosemary have the ability to harmonize with the complex taste of wine by bringing forward their understated notes. Among these, rosemary is known to be particularly wine-friendly owing to its earthy and woody flavors.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you want to impress your guests with a delectable and easy-to-make appetizer or dessert, you should definitely try this basic herb wine jelly recipe. The perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors with the addition of fresh herbs is sure to elevate your culinary skills and wow your taste buds. Whether you choose to make herbal or fruit-based jellies, you can customize the recipe to suit your preferences and experiment with different flavor combinations.

Don’t hesitate to use this recipe as a starting point to make other types of herb jellies or wine jelly black pepper, wine jelly rosemary sage, or grape jelly with thyme. With the right ingredients and preparation techniques, the possibilities are endless.

Now that you have all the tips, tricks, and variations to create a homemade jelly for yourself, use them to craft your own unique versions of this herb wine jelly recipe. So go ahead, grab a bottle of wine and some fresh herbs, head into the kitchen, and get creative with this delicious recipe!

Basic Herb Wine Jelly

Basic Herb Wine Jelly Recipe

Preserving Made Easy – Small Batches and Simple Techniques Makes 4 cups
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Global
Servings 4 cups
Calories 678 kcal


  • 1 3/4 dry white wine or 1 3/4 red wine
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar or 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope liquid pectin


  • Combine wine, vinegar and herbs in large saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Cover and allow to steep for 30 minutes to extract flavors.
  • Strain mixture through a lined sieve; discard leaves. Return liquid to saucepan and stir in sugar.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat and boil rapidly for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in pectin.
  • Ladle into hot jars and process for 10 minutes in water bath.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 728gCalories: 678kcalCarbohydrates: 175.1gSodium: 1.8mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 174.7g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Jellies
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