So it’s a little surprising that it took us so long to come up with the Spicy Carrot Martini.
I’ve been pickling for a few years now, and my go-to pickle of choice is definitely the spicy carrot. I like them almost as much for how they look in the jar as I do for their crisp, vinegary taste. I love the marigold shades or orange, how the tidy shapes of sliced carrot spears line up with the chilies. And they don’t shrink up in the jar, so how ever I manage to cram them in before I pour in the brine, is how they will stay all winter, waiting to be pulled out of the cupboard to join a plate of cured meats or accompany a honey crisp with cheddar. And now they will be summoned to dunk in a Spicy Carrot Martini.
It’s as simple as it sounds. Gin martini, hold the olives, add the carrot. And it’s great. It was my brother’s concept, and he has already tested it out on some friends—a crowd pleaser.
Below is my carrot recipe, but it also works well with other vegetables with a similar pH level, like green beans and asparagus. Today I made a batch with cauliflower and ghost chilies. I’m working on pumping up the spice level. We’ll see how successful I was in a few weeks.
Spicy Pickled CarrotsThis recipe is adapted from a recipe for Pickled Okra that I found on Martha Stewart Living in 2007. Makes 8 pints.
5 # carrots
1 quart white vinegar
6 tablespoons pickling salt
3 cups water
Optional: fresh or dried chilies, dill, garlic, coriander seeds, mustard seeds
8 pint sized canning jars, lids and bands
- Boil jars in a hot water bath to sterilize.
- Wash, peel and slice carrots to a size that will fit efficiently into your jars.
- Make the brine by bringing vinegar, salt and water to a boil.
- Sterilize lids and bands by boiling them. Leave the lids in the hot water.
- Remove the jars from the hot water bath, one at a time, and fill them with carrots. Stuff the carrots in as tight as you can—they’ll give a little once they cook. Repeat with all the jars until your carrots are gone.
- Add optional flavorings.
- Fill the jars with hot brine, leaving about a quarter inch of space at the top, and fit the jars with lids and bands
- Return the jars to the water bath, bring to a boil, and boil for 10 minutes.
- Store in the refrigerator