August 14, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

The first time I took a pickleback shot, the brine came from a Costco-sized jar of generic brine and the whiskey was one step up from a plastic bottle. You could make this classier by using artisanal pickles and small-batch whiskey. Or you could not.

Marian Bull

Serves: one


  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 1 ounce pickle juice
In This Recipe


  1. Pour whiskey into a shot glass.
  2. Pour pickle juice into a shot glass.
  3. Take a shot of whiskey. Chase with pickle juice. Repeat as necessary.

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Reviews (8) Questions (0)

8 Reviews

Barbara R. February 16, 2014
Tried this tonight with my homemade pickles and like them better with vodka-I also reuse my pickle juice per Food52 and add red onion, red/yellow pepper strips and Romaine "stalks"-so good. However, I had made pickled cherries last summer and I liked that very much with the bourbon-but I will buy more pickles to try it again!
Alexandra K. July 28, 2014
Mommy pickled cherries & bourbon... MUST try that!
Alexandra K. July 28, 2014
*mmmm... Oh autocorrect
Kevin F. February 15, 2014
Sooooo good (if you love pickles, which I do)!
Barbara R. February 13, 2014
"Repeat as necessary"!
Sarah M. August 19, 2013
I've never heard of this but am looking forward to giving it a "shot" ;)
Rhett August 18, 2013
Bourbon with a Homemade Caraway Pickle juice chaser. Delicious, and I don't usually like bourbon!
Casey T. August 17, 2013
Tequila works well too 8)<br />