Perfect Sugar-Pickled Berries

A drizzle of these sweet and salty brined berries may be the best bite of summer you’ve tasted all year. Store fresh blueberries and/or blackberries in the refrigerator with this quick pickling trick. Serve atop grilled pork or chicken, or toss with angel food cake and whipped cream for a decadent fruit treat.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 8 hours 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • ½ cup champagne vinegar
  • ½ cup champagne
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • ½ lb. fresh blackberries and/or blueberries


  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook vinegar, champagne, sugar, and salt together until mixture begins to simmer and sugar dissolves.
  • Place mint leaves and berries in a 1-pint mason jar. Cover with brine. Twist lid on tightly.
  • Refrigerate overnight. Store in refrigerator and enjoy within 4 weeks.