Delicious Pickle Martini Cocktail Recipe

Pickles are not just for sandwiches! We’re sharing our favorite Pickle Martini recipe that’s a savory cocktail with a unique flavor combination. 

Made of extra dry white vermouth, vodka, and pickles (the star of the show), the Pickle Martini Cocktail will blow your mind!

It’s not for the faint of heart. But when done right, the Pickle Martini features a very nice balance of flavors.

The vermouth adds a touch of bitterness while the pickle juice brings the saltiness and aromatics, all tied up with a kick from the vodka.

vodka and pickle juice - top view of cocktail pickled

What is a Martini Cocktail?

The martini is one of the most iconic cocktails.

It consists of gin or vodka, dry white vermouth, and a lemon peel or a couple of olives for garnish.

There are many takes such as the Martini fiero (with the addition of tonic water), Martini spritz (with bubbles), or even Martini espresso (for a pick-me-up).

Some prefer gin for its botanical taste while others prefer vodka for a smoother taste. Both are considered equally classic options.

Martinis are usually served without ice and reach the desired temperature by chilling the glass beforehand and adding ice to a cocktail shaker.

Whether you shake or stir the ice, is a debate.

Some experts call for stirring instead of shaking, especially if using gin (since shaking will lose some of the aromatics).

However, to achieve the perfect chill for a Pickle Martini, it needs to be well shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker.

dill pickle martini - phoot of ingredients used to make the cocktail

What Ingredients Go Into a Pickle Martini?

Vodka — instead of gin. We find that vodka pairs better with the pickle flavor instead of gin. But you may use gin if you prefer it over vodka.

Extra dry white vermouth —  We opted for Martini & Rossi® Extra Dry for the botanical flavors and bit of bitterness.

Pickle juice — Choose high-quality dill pickles. The higher the quality, the better the cocktail (since this is the main ingredient). Dill pickles have a saltier brine that is perfect for this cocktail. So avoid using sweet pickles.

Pickles — One for muddling and extracting the pickle flavors and one for garnish.

Ice — To be shaken in the shaker to chill the cocktail. Since it won’t be served in the glass, it’s best to drink the Pickle Martini immediately.

Pickle Martini Variations

— Try a dilly bean martini! With a green bean garnish, I use this recipe for Pickled Green Beans.

— If vodka isn’t available, substitute gin.

— Instead of garlic dill pickles, use spicy hot pickles.

 

pickle martini recipe - pouring martini in a cocktail shaker

Useful Equipment to Make this Pickle Martini

Cocktail shaker — To mix and chill the cocktail.

Jigger — To measure the amount of pour of each liquid.

Muddler — To extract the pickle flavor

Optional: Cocktail measuring cup — To muddle the pickle. You can also use a cocktail shaker, cup or glass instead.

Fine mesh strainer — To ensure you have the smoothest cocktail.

Martini glass — The iconic V-shaped glass. Place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to ensure the cocktail stays chilled longer once served.

Potato peeler — To create the thin strips of pickle garnish.

Optional: Cocktail picks 

drinks with pickle juice = a potato peeler peeling a pickle

If you love martinis, check out our other easy martini recipes — 

pickle juice drink - picked martini with a pickle garnish

Pickle Martini Recipe

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5 from 5 votes
Pickle Martini, a unique version of the classic martini cocktail that will surely impress with its unique flavor combination.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails

Equipment

  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail measuring cup
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Martini glass
  • Potato peeler
  • Cocktail pick

Ingredients

  • 4 fl oz vodka
  • 4 fl oz extra dry white vermouth
  • 1/2 fl oz dill pickle juice
  • 2 pickles for muddling and to garnish
  • Ice

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1360mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 1
Calories: 371kcal

Instructions

To prepare the garnish:

  • Using a potato peeler, slice a fine strip of a pickle.
  • Put the fine strip into the cocktail pick by forming a S shape.

To make the pickle martini:

  • Chill the martini glass in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Muddle a pickle in a cocktail measuring cup to release all its juices.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the extracted pickle juices into the cocktail shaker that is filled with ice cubes. Make sure to press the pickle well to extract all the flavors.
  • Add in 1/2 fluid ounce of pickle juice, 4 fluid ounce of vodka and 4 fluid ounce of extra dry white vermouth.
  • Shake well for about 1 minute or until chilled.
  • Take the glass out of the freezer and pour the cocktail in it. Garnish with a prepared cocktail pick.
KEYWORD: pickle martini

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