We’ve come across some pretty strange concoctions, but nothing beats a beverage with pickle juice as its main component. At first, the thought of dill combined with alcohol may make you cringe, but we assure you it’s worth a try. Pickle juice cocktails are surprisingly tasty, and when mixed with the right ingredients, they turn out to be a salty and savory sensation. So pull the pickle jar out of your refrigerator and prepare to experience a tangy treat.

We’ll start with a classic.



Pickleback (1 serving)

  • 1 oz. whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 oz. pickle juice

Pour the alcohol and pickle juice into 2 different shot glasses. First take the shot of whiskey or bourbon and then chase with the pickle juice.


Flaming Toad (1 serving)

  • 2/3 oz. 151 proof rum
  • 1/3 oz. pickle juice

Pour the rum into a shot glass and carefully light on fire. Using the pickle juice, extinguish the fire and shoot quickly. Enjoy.


Dill Pickle Martini (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. dry gin
  • 1/4 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. pickle juice
  • 1 slice of a dill pickle (for garnish)

Put ice in a mixing glass and add the gin, vermouth, and pickle juice. Stir for about 1 minute. Strain the liquid into a martini glass and garnish with a dill pickle slice.


The Pickled Surfer(1 serving)

  • 1 ½ oz. whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. pickle juice
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lime
  • Old bay seasoning for garnish (optional)
  • A few slices of a pickle (optional)

In a glass with ice, mix together the whiskey, pickle juice, and lime juice. Stir carefully. Garnish with a lime wedge and a pickle slice sprinkled with old bay seasoning. Drink up.

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