Artisanal pickles, and jams that pack a boozy punch

By Brandy Gonsoulin

If it’s wrong to add booze into jams—or jam into your booze—then the artisan foods producers at Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon don’t want to be right.

These makers of preserved and pickled goods are known for cranking out creative products in the tradition of Western North Carolina, using seasonally-driven and local sustainable agriculture—and sometimes adding a little boozy kick to things. From sweet to savory jams to everything pickled, they are bound to have something for the preserver in you.

Their Peach 'Shine Jam, featuring moonshine and vanilla bean, will turn Monday night’s grilled chicken and crock pot pork chops into Friday night’s party. If imbibing savory-style isn’t your thing, their popular Roasted Red Pepper and Peach Jam, made from fresh Western Carolina peaches, flame-roasted red bell pepper, and jalapeño, is as good paired with soft cheeses as it is used as a simple dip or whisked into a vinaigrette. On the pickle side, snack on perfectly crisp pickled green beans, ramps, and spicy jalapeño dill pickles, or use them as a garnish to a savory Bloody Mary or martini.

If you’re of the jam and pickle fetish camp—or just really love subscriptions—Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon also offers a seasonal pantry membership package. And they have the packaging thing down: All orders come nestled in a bed of wood shavings in a branded kraft gift box tied with raffia ribbon, making for the perfect automatic click-to-ship gift giving.
Word on the Street

Put some copper in your cocktails

Jam in cocktails may seem like an odd ingredient, but you can use it for sweetness in the place of regular sugar—just make sure to properly strain for a clean consistency.

Peach ‘Shine Jam cocktail
yield: 1 cocktail

1 1/2 ounces whiskey or Bourbon
1 ounce Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon Peach ‘Shine jam
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 peach, sliced, for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Add ice, top with club soda, and garnish with a fresh peach slice. Add simple syrup or sugar as needed for extra sweetness.