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

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

This Gin and Brine is for those of you who love dirty martinis- or love taking shots of fermented pickle brine. 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.

What you’ll need:

  • Gin
  • Pickle Brine
  • Celery Bitters
  • Optional Additions: Cucumber, dill, Vermouth.

Ingredeints in a Gin and Brine Cocktail

How to make a Gin and Brine Cocktail

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 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 and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Sylvia

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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.

Gin and Brine


Description

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


Ingredients

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

 


Instructions

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.


Notes

The 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. 😉

If making more than one cocktail- the ratio is one part gin, to two parts pickle brine. It is best served over ice.

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

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  1. 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. 😉

  2. 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.

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

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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