For those friends that are into mixology or just obsessed with Mad Men, don't worry about which new cocktail tool they might need. Instead make them homemade cocktail onions! The mostly hands-off process is pretty easy but does take a little more than a day for the onions to short brine (this ensures a crisp texture).
Once you've tasted these crisp, salty, and sweet cocktail onions it will be hard to go back to the store bought ones. To create more color in the jars, I used a combination of white, yellow, and purple pearl onions. For the perfect edible gift, add a fun label and directions for a delicious Gibson, a classic gin or vodka martini served with cocktail onions rather than olives, to the jar. Ready to pickle your pearl onions? Keep reading. Ingredients 3 pounds of pearl onions (each one measuring no larger than 1 inch, preferably much smaller) Directions Makes about 3 pints.
1 cup pickling salt
7 cups distilled vinegar
2 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons pickling salt (this is in addition to the 1 cup of salt)
3 pounds of pearl onions (each one measuring no larger than 1 inch, preferably much smaller)
Makes about 3 pints.
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