It's fun to make your own and customise your spices to your own taste.
½ cup salt
6 cups water
2.25L malt vinegar
5 cups brown sugar
25g whole mixed pickling spice
10cm piece of cinnamon stick
1 tsp whole cloves
You can buy pickling spices ready mixed or make your own.
Combine 1 tablespoon each of black peppercorns, mustard seeds, whole allspice and dried chillies 1 teaspoon each of coriander seeds and whole cloves, 1 bay leaf and 1 cinnamon stick, both broken up, and 2 blades of mace. Keep in an airtight jar.
1. Wash the gherkins and scrub lightly with a coarse cloth to remove any roughness. Mix the salt and water in a non-metallic bowl, add the gherkins and let stand for 24 hours.