Pickleback Cocktail

Have you ever though of mixing whiskey and pickle juice together? This is a drink for the adventurous. If you are intrigued by this one, you can also check out the Peanut Butter Pickleback.

This Pickleback recipe is one you have to see to believe.
This Pickleback recipe is one you have to see to believe.

The Pickleback cocktail was developed in 2006 in a bar in Boston and has developed a cult following ever since. It’s a shot of whiskey followed by a drink of pickle juice.

Sounds like a ridiculous drink?

Well, it kind of is. It’s also a St. Patrick’s Day favorite because of: its novelty, that it is traditionally served with Irish whiskey and because the pickle juice is green.

Pickle juice is used for this shot is to cut the burn of the whiskey.

What type of Whiskey for a Pickleback Cocktail?

You can use any type of whiskey for a pickleback shot. Typically, the whiskey is a shot of Jameson Irish whiskey. The reason being is the drink was actually developed in a Boston bar in 2006 by the bartender Reggie Cunningham. While an Irish whiskey is preferred, it doesn’t mean you can’t get creative! I’ve made a peanut butter pickleback shot to mix things up.

When I made this pickleback cocktail, I actually made it with a rye whiskey.

What Pickle Juice is Best for a Pickleback?

There’s no good answer to this question. The best pickle juice, or pickle juice for a pickleback, is your favorite kind of pickle juice. You can use bread and butter pickle juice or dill pickle juice if you prefer. I make my own pickles and then I use the brine for this pickleback shot. If you’re interested in making your own pickles, try this recipe.


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Recipe by Sarah
Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1.5 oz whiskey

  • 1.5 oz pickle juice


  • Pour a whiskey shot and then pour one matching pickle juice shot. Drink the whiskey shot and then chase it with the pickle juice.

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