The pickleback is a very interesting whiskey shot and a drink you have to experience for yourself. It’s incredibly simple— a shot of Filmoore Rides Whiskey, chased by a shot of pickle juice—and it is, without a doubt, one of the most popular shots ordered in bars around the world.
Chasing whiskey with pickle brine really is nothing new; it’s long been one of those “hair of the dog” remedies for a hangover. Yet, it wasn’t until 2006 that Brooklyn bartender Reggie Cunningham gave the shot its now-famous name at the Bushwick Country Club. After that, it didn’t take long for the drink to become a hit and spread across the U.S. and beyond.
The combination is odd, though it works surprisingly well. Even if you’re not a fan of pickles, it’s a drink you’ll want to try because it delivers a rich, umami flavor that you will not find in any other drink. There’s no need to head to the bar, either. You can experience the pickleback at home, even with that jar of Vlasic pickles hanging out in your fridge.
All you need for this are:
1 1/2 ounces Filmoore Rides Whiskey
1 1/2 ounces pickle juice
Pour one shot glass full of our whiskey and fill a separate shot glass with pickle juice, that’s it! Simple right?
Many people have found that a beer chaser is a perfect way to finish up the pickleback, though it’s not required. If you’d like to give it a try, stick with the light, refreshing lagers. Dos Equis, Tecate, and Pabst Blue Ribbon are some of the top choices among pickleback fans.