Recipe for Strawberry Margarita Preserves


    Strawberry Margarita Preserves

    2 quarts strawberries, cleaned
    2 cups pared tart apples
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    4 cups granulated sugar
    1/2 cup tequila
    7 tablespoons triple sec
    2 tablespoons strawberry schnapps

    Hull and halve berries. Measure 6 cups. Peel and core apples, chop and measure 2 cups
    Combine berries, apples and lemon juice in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil stirring constantly. Add sugar to boiling fruit and stir until dissolved. Boil gently uncovered, stirring frequently until mixture reaches gel stage, about 30 to 40 minutes.

    Prepare six 1/2-pint jars for filling.

    Remove mixture from heat. Stir in tequila, triple sec and schnapps. Return to heat and boil for 5 minutes.

    Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove bubbles.