Pickle Juice Whiskey Sour

It's like a dirty martini but better
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Pickle Juice Whiskey Sour Recipe
Photo: Michelle Sun/Tasting Table

If we're going to order a martini, it's gotta be dirty. The brininess of the olive juice adds the perfect finish to the booze. Which is why we've translated this same concept to the whiskey sour. Pickle juice is turned into a syrup before getting shaken up with bourbon, lemon and an egg white for a briny and frothy cocktail you're going to love.

The best part is pickle juice syrup goes well beyond this recipe. Keep some on hand and swap it out for any simple syrup when applicable to add a little salt and tang to your cocktail.

Check out our favorite pickle recipes.

Pickle Juice Whiskey Sour

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus cooling time

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time


For the Pickle Juice Syrup:

½ cup bread-and-butter pickle juice

½ cup granulated sugar

For the Cocktail:

1½ ounces bourbon

¾ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce pickle juice syrup

1 egg white


Cornichon, for garnish


1. Make the pickle juice syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the pickle juice and sugar over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar has dissolved, 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

2. Make the cocktail: In a shaker, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, syrup and egg white, and shake until frothy. Add ice and continue to shake until well chilled. Pour into a chilled coupe and garnish with a cornichon, then serve.

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