Dill Pickle Martini

A Really Good Dill Pickle Martini Recipe

By Timo Torner / Last updated on August 15, 2022 

First published on July 18, 2021 

Adding pickle juice to Gin probably may not sound too appealing at first. But with this recipe for the perfect Dill Pickle Martini, we might be able to change your mind.

Classic cocktail recipes are marvelous! They often allow making amazing riffs that can elevate the traditional recipes by trying unconventional things. -Like the Coconut Negroni, that is a nice twist on the traditional Negroni cocktail. And the Dill Pickle Martini is just as delightful.

Pickles in a cocktail! That maybe does sound strange to you, but honestly, this Dill Pickle Martini is a real treat. 

It's simple and refreshingly different. I'm sure that even non-Martini persons will likely enjoy this drink. And with only three ingredients, this cocktail is also really easy to make.

Ingredients of a Good Dill Pickle Martini

The list of ingredients is short and sweet. You only need Gin, pickle juice, and Vermouth

As with every three-ingredient cocktail, you want to make sure each element is of good quality. There's simply no way to hide the inferior quality of products in such drinks.

That especially counts for the pickles part of this drink. For the freshest products of the right quality, you need to look in the cold section of your supermarket. 

Best Dill Pickle Martini

Juices there contain lower amounts of preservatives than the canned ones on the regular shelves. Grillo's dill pickles, for instance, are a beautiful choice for this recipe.

This recipe is based on Gin. That is first and foremost due to the fact that I love Gin and have a vast selection at home. But you could also opt for a Vodka-based Martini

The measurements would remain the same. Also, the results are comparable, but in my opinion, the Gin version is slightly better. 

Anyway, you can always try them both, and let me know what you think about them in the comments.

What Pickle Juice to use for Pickle Martinis?

The trick to getting an exceptional Pickle Martini is the right balance between pickle juice and the other two ingredients. You don't want an overpowering vinegary taste in your cocktail. But on the other hand, you definitely want to taste the pickle juice. It's a Dill Pickle Martini, after all.

To get the perfect result, use equal proportions of pickle juice and dry Vermouth. That balances the flavors very well. And combined with the Gin, the result is a great Martini. 

You will be able to taste the pickle brine while the drink still has the makings of a proper Martini. And honestly, a truly sensational one.

If you like it spicy, you can attempt to make a spicy version of this cocktail. All you have to do is choose a spicy pickle and replace the standard pickle juice with it. That adds some interesting spicy notes that also work tremendously well.

How to Garnish a Pickle Martini?

A Martini cocktail often comes with a garnish skewered on a cocktail pick, sometimes also called a Martini pick. But while a regular Martini is garnished with olives, you can stick with the pickle theme here. 

So a pickle speared on a cocktail pick will top off this cocktail just perfectly.

The dill pickle garnish adds a snappy olfactory element to the drink. It lifts the entire cocktail and makes it even more fun. -Not only for your tastebuds but also for your nose.

Dill Pickle Martini

Dill Pickle Martini

A delicious twist on a dirty Martini.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Martini, Pickle
Servings: 1
Calories: 168kcal
Cost: $2.70

Ingredients

  • 2 oz London Dry Gin
  • 0.25 oz Martini dry Vermouth
  • 0.25 oz Pickle juice
  • 1 pcs Dill pickle for garnish

Instructions

  • Add Gin and Vermouth into a mixing glass filled with ice. Use a fine-mesh strainer to add the pickle juice to the mixing glass.
  • Stir the mixture with a bar spoon until chilled. That will usually take about a minute.
  • Strain the drink into a chilled Martini glass.
  • Garnish with a speared pickle. Et Voila, your Pickle Martini is ready to be served.

Nutrition

Serving: 2.75oz | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.25g | Protein: 0.05g | Sodium: 163.75mg | Potassium: 29.25mg | Sugar: 1.25g | Calcium: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

You a fan of a good riff on a Martini? Then maybe the Vesper Martini or the Espresso Martini are also for you.

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