Blackberries and strawberries combine to make a Small Batch Mixed Berry Bourbon Jam that is sweet, tart, and just a little bit boozy.
Yields about 4 half pints
First, prepare your jars and lids as per proper canning procedures.
Combine berries and sugar in low bowl and mash them together with a potato masher. Let the mixture sit a few minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and everything is syrupy. Scrape the fruit-sugar mixture into your preserving pot over medium high heat. Add the lime juice, and cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently, until the jam has reached its setting point.
Remove from heat, add the bourbon, and check for set a second time. If still too runny, return to heat and boil for another 5-10 minutes, before removing from heat and testing again.
Using proper canning procedures, pour the finished jam into prepared jars leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. Remove any air bubbles with a chopstick or bubbler. Wipe the rims clean, apply the lids, and tighten the rings to finger-tip tightness. Process for 10 minutes in a water bath canner to seal.
Once processed, set the jars on a folded kitchen towel and let them rest undisturbed for 24 hours. Properly sealed jars will keep for up to one year in a cool dark place; any that have not sealed should be put in the fridge and eaten first.