An easy savory martini, Dill Pickle Vodka Martini replaces the classic olives with cucumber pickles in this unexpected yet delightful cocktail recipe.
I’ll have to admit, when my husband first ordered a Dill Pickle Vodka Martini at a favorite restaurant of ours, I was skeptical. First off, he’s not really the ‘pickle type’. Secondly, he’s more a bourbon man than a martini man. Maybe he was having a James Bond moment, but he ordered it, drank it, and raved about it.
The key to a good Dill Pickle Vodka Martini is having the correct ratio of dill pickle juice to vodka. Too much dill pickle juice and it can taste vinegary, like a brine. Pickle juice is strong and vodka is powerful. You don’t want too much of either. As least, I don’t.
My cocktail limit is two, always. Two of this Dill Pickle Vodka Martini is probably all you want too. Otherwise, you’re lips may be puckered. It’s good, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not a drink you can drink a lot of.
If you’re not a vodka fan, gin is absolutely fantastic paired with pickle juice in this martini.
Don’t discount the olfactory element of a pickle garnish that stimulates your sense of smell as well as your taste. I garnish my Dill Pickle Vodka Martini with a sandwich stacker cut of pickle skewered on a bamboo pick. Whole little dill pickles or even several classic hamburger dill pickles chips would make a lovely garnish as well. Basically, get creative and make it fun and festive.
A Dill Pickle Vodka Martini tastes nothing like a classic martini, but it’s just as fabulous! It’s not dirty like the classic either, but a beautiful almost clear concoction.
Mr. Bartender, I’ll that Dill Pickle Vodka Martini shaken, not stirred.
Dill Pickle Vodka Martini
- 2 cups ice
- 1 and 1/2 ounce dill pickle juice
- 4 and 1/2 ounce vodka see post above for substitutions
- 1 slice dill pickle for garnish
- Fill shaker with ice
- Add dill pickle juice and vodka
- Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish