Awesome dill pickle martini recipe! A twist on the dirty vodka martini, this is a dill pickle lover’s dream cocktail made with dill pickle infused vodka.
This pickle martini recipe was originally published in May 2015 and was updated in July 2019.
Hello, Rhubarbarians! Remember that rad little infused booze number a few weeks back I very uniquely titled "dill pickle vodka?" Well....... IT'S BACK! Get your fancy pants on friends, cause today we are drinking pickle juice martinis! Some really bold, not your run o' the mill, I'm talking a Blanche Devereaux bold dill pickle martini! One that will make you feel like James Bond (or a Bond girl, you do you!)
A martini for the pickle lovers
So, this may be a big fatty duh, but pickle lovers....... THIS IS FOR YOU! One little detail to note......... this is one freakin strong, knock you on your ass, boozy cocktail. It tastes just like pickle juice, but man, that is ALL booze in there. A mega boozy pickle martini is my kinda drink!
It all starts with some homemade dill pickle infused vodka. Fresh cucumbers, fresh herbs, all good stuff. Or you can use store bought, but make sure it's vodka that you enjoy the taste of and that actually tastes like dill pickle. It's herby and briny, with a peppery kick at the end. I'll say it again though, ALL BOOZE!
We love this dill pickle spin on a dirty martini!
What makes a martini dirty? A dirty martini is made by adding olive brine! In this recipe, we put a little spin on the classic by using pickle juice.
Looking for more pickle recipes?
How to make a pickle martini
- First, you'll need to make your vodka. This recipe for pickle vodka is the best, but can take a week to infuse. If you don't have the time, you can try chilled dills pickle flavored vodka. I haven't tried it, but I've heard it's pretty good!
- Now add the vodka, vermouth, and pickle juice along with ice to a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.
- Pour into a chilled martini glass or chilled cocktail glass and serve with pickle slices or cornichons. CHEERS!
Pro tip: to make pickle martinis without pickle infused vodka, swap out the 6 shots of pickle infused vodka for 4 shots of vodka and 2 shots of pickle juice. Your cocktails won't be as strong, but should taste great!
How to garnish
We like to garnish with cornichons or baby dill pickles! They are perfect as a little snack to eat with your cocktail.
To garnish your pickle martini with a cornichon or baby dill pickle:
- Cut a slit to halfway through the pickle lengthwise.
- Slide the cut side of the pickle onto the rim of your glass.
- Repeat with as many pickles as you'd like to garnish with.
You can also garnish with sprigs of dill, pickled vegetables on a cocktail skewer, or even cracked pepper on the top!
Dill pickle martini
- 6 shots dill pickle infused vodka or pickle flavored vodka
- 1 shot extra dry vermouth
- 4 teaspoon dill pickle juice
- small dill pickles or cornichons for garnish (optional)
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the 6 shots of vodka, 1 shot of vermouth, and 4 teaspoon of pickle juice to the shaker. Shake well until frost starts to form on the outside of the shaker, about 30 seconds.
- Pour into 2 martini glasses. Garnish with small pickles (optional).
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I hope you try out this fantastic pickle lover's cocktail!
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