A whiskey shot chased with pickle juice, the unique flavor combination of the pickleback shot may just surprise you. The two-shot series continues to be a popular shot ordered at bars and is easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
This combo is enjoyed even by non-pickle lovers. A jar of pickles is a staple in most refrigerators, so what better way to use up the juice than to chase a shot of whiskey! If you love the classic Whiskey Sour, give this whiskey duo a “shot.”
What is a Pickleback
A pickleback shot is a two-shot series, starting with a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle brine. Chasing the whiskey with the distinguished vinegar flavor of pickles surprisingly compliments the flavor of the whiskey to create a quite enjoyable experience. Originally viewed as a “hair of the dog” hangover cure, we recommend trying the pickleback shot regardless of whether it’s successful in curing your hangover.
What’s in a Pickleback Shot
- Whiskey. A good quality Irish whiskey is important for this recipe. Even though you are chasing it, you will still get a strong flavor of the whiskey so using one you like the taste of will make it more pleasing to your tastebuds. See below for what kind of whiskey is best for a pickleback.
- Pickle Brine. A fancy term for the juice out of a pickle jar. More on varieties below.
How to Make a Pickleback
Making a round of picklebacks couldn’t be simpler. Gather your ingredients and a few shot glasses.
- Pour your Irish whiskey into a shot glass.
- To a second shot glass, add your pickle juice.
- Take the whiskey shot first followed by the pickle shot right after.
For this recipe, a good quality Irish whiskey is important. We recommend using Jameson Irish whiskey for the best pickleback shot.
Any pickle juice from a jar of pickles will work well in this recipe. Storebought or homemade, sweet or dill, juice from your favorite pickles will be a tasty combination.
Other Whiskey Recipes
If you make this Pickleback recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
- 1 1/2 ounces Whiskey
- 1 1/2 ounces Pickle Brine
- Pour the whiskey into a shot glass.
- Pour the pickle brine into a separate shot glass.
- Take the whiskey shot, then the pickle shot right after and enjoy!