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Think of Gin and Brine as a Pickle Juice Martini but full of probiotics- it’s a fun twist on a dirty martini; savory and herbaceous made with fermented pickle brine, celery bitters and gin.  

Think of Gin and Brine as a Pickle Juice Martini but full of probiotics- it's a fun twist on a dirty martini; savory and herbaceous made with fermented pickle brine, celery bitters and gin.

If you love taking “gut shots” of fermented pickle brine this cocktail is for you! We’ve been making fermented pickles again this summer and love drinking shots of the salty probiotic-rich brine. Somehow my body loves the salty tangy flavor, especially when it’s hot. So this is how this cocktail came to be. Make this in the proportion  you like. If you like a true martini, use 2 parts gin to one part pickle brine. I like more brine than gin, so I do the opposite- 2 parts brine to 1 part gin. You do you!

Pickle Juice Martini IngreDients:

  • Gin- use your favorite Gin! (or substitute vodka)
  • Fermented Pickle Brine– use the fermenting liquid from pickles found in the refrigerator section or make your own fermented pickles here!  
  • Celery Bitters – adds a really lovely flavor, feel free to leave it out.
  • Optional Additions: Fresh Cucumber, dill, Vermouth.
Ingredeints in a Gin and Brine Cocktail

Health Benefits of Gut shots

Gut shots, such as fermented pickle brine, offer several potential health benefits due to their probiotic content. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can have a positive impact on gut health. Here are some potential health benefits associated with consuming gut shots:

  1. Improved digestion: Probiotics in gut shots can help to balance the gut microbiota, promoting healthy digestion and nutrient absorption.
  2. Enhanced immune function: A significant portion of the immune system resides in the gut. By supporting a healthy gut microbiome, gut shots may help strengthen the immune system and enhance its ability to defend against pathogens.
  3. Reduced inflammation: Certain probiotic strains found in gut shots have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help reduce chronic inflammation in the body.
  4. Support for mental health: The gut and brain are connected through the gut-brain axis. Emerging research suggests that consuming probiotics may positively influence mental health by improving mood and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  5. Maintenance of a healthy weight: Some studies indicate that certain probiotic strains may play a role in weight management by influencing energy balance, reducing inflammation, and improving insulin sensitivity.
  6. Improved skin health: Probiotics have been associated with improvements in various skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and rosacea. By supporting gut health, gut shots may contribute to healthier skin.

It’s important to note that individual responses to gut shots and probiotics can vary. As with any dietary changes, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional if you have specific health concerns or conditions.

How to make Pickle Juice martini

It’s pretty easy and I’m sure all you craft cocktail folks will put your creative spin on it. I think it would be nice with a fennel-infused ice cube, but I am feeling hot and lazy today….

  1. If adding cucumber, muddle a few slices in a shaker.
  2. Pour 1-2 parts brine and 1 part gin into and ice filled shaker.
  3. Add fresh dill if you like.
  4. Add a small splash of celery bitters and optional dry vermouth
  5. Shake and strain into a glass with a large ice cube.
pickles in a jar in their brine

I love using large ice cubes here, because they melt slowly in the summer heat.

Gin and Brine is a cool summer cocktail made with probiotic, dilly pickle brine, celery bitters and your choice of gin.  A fun twist on a dirty martini. 

Enjoy the Gin and Brine Martini and let us know what you think in the comments below.


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Gin and Brine is a cool summer cocktail made with probiotic, dilly pickle brine, celery bitters and your choice of gin.  A fun twist on a dirty martini.

Pickle Juice Martini


Gin and Brine  ( Pickle Juice Martini) is a cool summer cocktail made with fermented  pickle brine, celery bitters and your choice of gin.  Full of probiotics- it’s a fun twist on a dirty martini- savory and herbaceous.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 13 ounces flavorful pickle brine- see notes
  • splash celery bitters
  • optional additions: splash vermouth, dill, a couple of slices of cucumber.



If using cucumber and dill, muddle these in a shaker. Add a handful of ice, gin, brine and bitters.

Shake and taste. Add more gin to taste.

Strain into a large martini glass with a large ice cube.


For a traditional Martini use 2 parts gin to 1 part brine. For added probiotics, add more brine to taste.

The fermented pickle brine is key to the flavor here. Remember that brine is from fermented pickles (not vinegar pickles). I used ours from this fermented pickle recipe or find in the refrigerator section of your grocery store.  I also like this brine from brand Grillos Pickles, available at Costco and Whole foods- it has dill in it. 😉



  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 159
  • Sugar: 1.1 g
  • Sodium: 219.2 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.9 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: pickle martini, pickle juice martini, Dirty Martini, Gin and Brine, Gin martini, gin cocktail, gin drinks,

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  1. This is so delicious and refreshing! I have to remember to drink it slowly because it goes down VERY easily.

    1. Ahaha Sarah! Yes, it does go down a little too easy. Glad you gave it a go!

  2. Hi Sylvia ,
    This sounds incredibly good . So good I want to serve it at our wedding . Is the brine very garlicky , should I leave a few out .
    Thx Elle

    1. A little. If you make the brine yourself you can for sure adjust the garlic. 😉

  3. I haven’t tried this but I gave it 5 stars because everything you make is AWESOME. I really just have a question about this…does not the alcohol in the gin kill the probiotic in the brine? I’d drink it either way…just wondering.

  4. I’m a huge fan of pickle shots myself but never thought of mixing it with gin! Fun!


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