First on the First: Pickled Peaches


If Peter Piper had picked a peck of pickled peaches, I would have been much more intrigued. This month’s First on the First challenge was pickles and, while I love traditional cucumber pickles, I wanted to create something that would lend itself better to sweet treats. And it turned out to be a great success!

Turning your nose up or giving me the side eye? Think of pickled peaches like infused peaches to release that wrinkle in your nose or skeptical look! After a week of soaking with bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, citrus, and ginger,


this summer fruit is sophisticated and versatile.


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  • 4 ripe but firm peaches
  • Zest of 1 orange, cut into strips
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, slivered
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla


  • Peel peaches and cut into wedges.
  • Pack peach slices, strips of orange zest, cinnamon sticks, and ginger into 4 Ball jars; set aside.
  • In a sauce pan, simmer water, vinegar, sugars, bourbon, and vanilla until sugar dissolves.
  • Cool liquid mixture slightly; pour over fruit, covering fruit and filling jar to the top.
  • Place lids on jars, cool jars to room temperature, and refrigerate.

Serving Suggestions:

These pickled peaches can be enjoyed right out of the jar,


over Belgian waffles and vanilla ice cream,


or pureed in green tea-coconut popsicles!


(For the popsicle recipe, which can be used with any pureed fruit, visit and “like” the Suitcases & Sweets Facebook page.)

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29 responses

  1. Oh I love that you pickled peaches!! I had wanted to make pickled peaches in addition to my garlic dills but just didn’t get to it. This recipe sounds utterly amazing! Now when I pickle my peaches, I have a go-to recipe. Gonna try it for sure!

  2. WOW, this kind of pickling I could get behind – I always think of massive amounts of salt and vinegar, but this sounds amazing and perfect for fall! I might just have to try these when I get my flat of peaches.

  3. Having tasted these pickled peaches, I can vouch for their delicious flavor. Now’s a great time to try this recipe with peaches at the peak of the season.

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