Pickles have a funny way of finding their way into nearly every type of food and drink. The ever-growing list of pickle creations includes pickle ice cream, pickle cupcakes, pickle popcorn, pickle slushies, pickle beer, pickle gummies, pickle soda, pickle hummus, pickle cheesecake and so much more.
There are even pickle bouquets to gift the true pickle lovers in your life for Valentine’s Day.
Now, there’s a new pickle-themed spin on the classic dirty martini. Instead of olive juice, the “pickletini” uses — you guessed it — pickle juice.
The recipe itself is simple — just add the vodka and pickle juice to a cocktail shaker with ice, strain it into a martini glass and garnish with the pickle slices. Watch the full demonstration below in the video posted to the AllRecipes Facebook page:
If you want to tone down the pickle flavor a bit, you can always replace some of the pickle juice with dry vermouth (which is typically included in a classic dirty martini). You can also use gin instead of vodka, if you prefer.
While it may seem unusual to use pickle juice in a martini, it’s not a completely new trend. A previous pickle vodka martini recipe from Rhubarbarians even includes homemade pickle-infused vodka, which adds yet more pickle flavor. There’s also a ready-made pickle vodka that you can use for this and other cocktails.
If martinis aren’t quite your thing but you’d still like to hop on the pickle-cocktail bandwagon, you could also try the pickleback, a popular shot that consists of Irish whiskey and pickle juice or brine.
One pickle-forward cocktail recipe posted to Instagram by @cocktailsbyhawk even combines the pickleback and the pickle martini by including whiskey, vermouth and pickle brine.
Would you try a dirty martini made with pickle juice?