Amazingly, I had all the ingredients including a pound of bacon (okay, I confess, I had two pounds of bacon in my fridge). The spices included in this recipe are ones that you probably have in your pantry, too -- cinnamon, ginger, paprika, chile, salt, and pepper. The sweetness comes from maple syrup and the acid from apple cider vinegar.
I'm partial to red onion so substituted one for a yellow onion but otherwise, I stuck to the recipe. And I even had the boozy part of the recipe: a nice French brandy (who knew?). As I was simmering this gorgeous concoction, the house smelled deliciously wonderful. Spicy, boozy, bacony, and sweet.
After the jam simmered for about an hour, I cooled it down and thickened it in the blender. This is a terrific recipe that makes a really sweet gift (pun intended). I jarred some up for Beverly and another friend, Polly, and I hope they like it. I know I do!