Pickled Baby Beets

Bleeding Heart Martini
8 to 10 garnishes

Preserve the vibrant color and earthy flavor of red beets by pickling them. A combination of granulated sugar, black peppercorns, juniper berries, and salt build flavor. Use this recipe when making our Bleeding Heart Martini.


  • ¾ cup distilled white vinegar

  • ¾ cup water

  • cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt

  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • 10 juniper berries

  • 2 bunches baby beets (8 to 10), peeled


  1. Combine all ingredients, except beets, in a small saucepan, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add beets and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer very gently until beets are tender, 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Transfer to a small heatproof container; keep beets submerged.

Cook's Notes

Choose the smallest baby beets you can find -- they should be about the size of very large olives. Or, use a paring knife to whittle larger ones to the desired size.

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