Are you wonder what is a pickleback? Don't worry we have the answer along with how to enjoy a shot of pickle brine paired with a shot of bourbon or Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Pickleback Shot Recipe
A pickleback shot is a shot of whiskey chased by a shot of pickle juice.
I read that the Original Pickleback started at Brooklyn's Bushwick Country Club in March 2006. The country club is neighbors with McClure's Pickles and was storing some pickles for them in the bar's storage.
The bartender Reggie Cunningham decided to pair Old Crow Bourbon with a side of spicy pickle juice instead of the Pabst Blue Ribbon they had been serving. Customers loved it and the Pickleback was born.
Bartender Reggie Cunningham coined the term pickleback.
When the drink was brought to another bar in New York City it was changed to be paired with Jameson Irish Whiskey instead of bourbon.
This Whiskey chaser has become a modern cocktail phenomenon that has quickly escalated to being found on bar menus around the world.
While McClure's pickle juice is the original you can use any pickle juice you have available. Simply put this recipe is Irish Whiskey chased by a shot of pickle brine.
Using pickle juice in cocktails is not new. Many martini drinkers will add a splash of pickle brine to their martinis.
We even made a pickle juice martini for anyone who LOVES pickles.
- Jameson Irish Whiskey
- Pickle Brine/Juice
Garnish - Mini Pickle
Pickle Brine - We use dill pickle juice but you can use spicy pickle juice if you like the heat. The original is made with McClure's spicy pickle brine.
You can buy pickle juice by the bottle on Amazon or you can just pour it out of a jar of pickles.
Two 1 oz shot glass
How to make a Pickleback Shot
Step 1 - Add Jameson Whiskey to a shot glass
Step 2 - Add pickle brine/juice to a separate shot glass
Step 3 - Drink the whiskey and then follow it with the pickle juice as a chaser.
You can follow this drink with a beer chaser.
This drink has also been called a pisky whickle, pickle puffers, or Jameson Pickleback.
Pickle lovers will love to say cheers with one of the best popular shots. It is packed with the salty brine pickle flavor.
Printable recipe card instructions are below.
Nutrition information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
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- 1 oz Jameson Irish whiskey
- 1 oz Pickle Juice Chilled
- Add 1oz Jameson Irish Whiskey to a shot glass.
- Add 1 oz Pickle Juice to a separate shot glass.
- Drink the Jameson and chase it with the Pickle Juice.