Glass of pickle juice with pickle on top
Bourbon Is Begging To Be Mixed With Tangy Pickle Juice
Although lemon juice may be a more common pairing, pickle juice pairs well with bourbon for the exact same reason — its intense sour flavor helps cut the strong bite of the spirit.
Moreover, the salty brine juxtaposes the fruity, dessert-like notes of the liquor while also complementing the spicier, smokier notes for a balanced sip.
Since the pickle juice is so strong, it's best to pair it with an everyday bourbon you enjoy rather than an expensive or flavored version, which will lose some of its nuances.
You can opt for a classic pickleback or experiment with swapping pickle brine in for any acidic or salty cocktail ingredients. You can even try the brines of flavored pickles.