Dill Pickle Martini

A Really Good Dill Pickle Martini Recipe

By Timo Torner / Last updated on March 13, 2022 
Adding pickle juice to Gin probably doesn't 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 lovely and also really simple to make, using only three ingredients.

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 inspiringly different. I'd say even non-Martini persons will most likely enjoy this easy-to-make cocktail.

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 top 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. To get the freshest and highest quality, you need to search in the cold section. The juices there will contain lower amounts of preservatives than those kept on the regular shelves. Grillo's dill pickles, for instance, are a beautiful choice for this recipe.

My recipe is based on Gin, simply because I love Gin and have a vast selection at home. But you could also opt for a Vodka Martini. The measurements would stay the same. Also, the results are comparable, but in my opinion, the Gin version is slightly better. Anyway, try them both, and let me know what you think about it 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 achieve the perfect result, I use even 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 tastes like a proper Martini. And to be frank, it tastes like a truly good one.

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

What Do You Garnish a Pickle Martini With?

A Martini cocktail often is garnished with a cocktail pick, sometimes also called a Martini pick. But while a regular Martini is garnished with olives, I want to stick with our 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 drink 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


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


  • 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.


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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