I love it when things are this easy. 5 cups of vinegar, one cup of water, a half-cup of sugar, a variety of spices and a pile of lovely-looking vegetables. I have carrots, jalapenos, garlic, onion, radishes, chives, bell pepper and lemon.
Slice them and arrange them as artistically as possible in a variety of jars (I used a variety of sizes also).
Sprinkle kosher salt over the vegetables. I added whole black peppercorns, dried red pepper, whole coriander, and a bay leaf (the larger jars got 2 leaves).
Then I filled the jars with the brine and sealed the jars. Eventually the radishes make the whole mixture turn a reddish tint, but they make decorative and delicious gifts.
I gave them to the guests at my 4th of July party and brought a large jar to a housewarming.
Your spicy pickled carrots sound great. They would be a nice garnish in a bloody mary.
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