Pickle Martini Recipe

Pickles and martinis: two things you never thought would go together. The Pickle Martini blends vodka’s robust and crisp flavor with pickle brine’s tangy, salty goodness. Though it might not have a long history, this drink is rapidly gaining a cult following.

Fun Fact: Contrary to what you might think, pickle brine in cocktails isn’t new. It’s often used in “pickleback shots,” where a pickle juice follows a shot of whiskey.

Pickle Martini Recipe

Pickle Martini Recipe

Perfect for experimental evenings, pickle-themed parties, or just a quirky night in.
Calories 200 kcal


  • Martini glass
  • Shaker
  • Jigger for measuring
  • Strainer


  • Vodka substitute: gin for a different twist
  • Pickle juice or pickle brine substitute: olive brine for a less pickle-heavy version
  • Pickle for garnish substitute: olive if you're not a pickle fan
  • Optional: Pepper
  • Ice cubes


  • Chill your martini glass and ready your shaker.
  • Pour vodka into the shaker; the amount is based on personal preference but typically around 1.5 - 2 oz
  • Add pickle juice or brine to the shaker. The amount can vary, but 1 oz is a good starting point.
  • If you want a bit of spice, add some pickled pepper.
  • Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  • Use a strainer to pour the shaken mixture into your martini glass.
  • Add a pickle or pickled pepper to garnish.
  • Adjust the ratios and shake again if the flavor doesn't suit you.



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Use high-quality vodka; its quality will significantly affect the drink since it's a primary ingredient.
  • If you're new to pickle brine in glasses, start with a smaller amount and adjust based on your taste.
  • If you want to go the extra mile, try pickling your cucumbers for personalized brine.

Calculate the Nutrition of the Drink:

  • Calories: 150-200 (depends on the amount of vodka and brine used)
  • Carbohydrates: 0-2g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 200-400mg (depends on the amount of brine used)

Can you substitute pickle juice for olive juice?

Yes, you can substitute pickle juice for olive juice in a Pickle Martini to create a different flavor profile. The substitution would transform the drink into a Dirty Martini, traditionally using olive juice or brine. Olive juice will give the cocktail a less tangy and more rounded, somewhat briny character compared to the sharper, more vinegar-forward flavor that pickle juice offers.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. Flavor: Olive juice is milder and less acidic than pickle juice. Olive juice could be a good substitute for a less tangy drink.
  2. Saltiness: Olive brine can also be quite salty, so you may want to adjust the quantity based on your taste preferences.
  3. Texture: Both pickle and olive juices have a similar texture, so the mouthfeel of your martini should remain the same.
  4. Garnish: If you’re using olive juice, consider garnishing with an olive or two to maintain the theme of the cocktail.
  5. Complementary Spirits: Both pickle and olive juices go well with vodka or gin so that you can stick with your spirit of choice.

Remember that the idea behind a cocktail is to create a drink that you enjoy, so feel free to experiment with proportions and ingredients until you find your perfect balance.