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Pickle Martini

Posted in: Drinks, Cocktails, Mixed Drinks, Anniversary, Birthday, New Years,


Long gone are the the "Shaken and Stirred" days for the humble martini. Bartenders across the globe are creating everything from Apple-tinis to the "Cuckoo Martini" (made with cinnamon schnapps and cherry syrup). Chef Andy Varela from Maitland Mountain Farm in Salem, MA is one of those creative bartenders and in this recipe, he shares his recipe for the spicy and dirty, Pickle Martini.

Using one of his favorite pickles, Holly's Spicy Pickles, which can be purchased from Maitland Mountain Farm, Varela gives the martini a kick in the glass. On its own, this pickle brine has quite the bite (the brine contains dill, coriander, garlic, jalapeno, cardamom and cinnamon), but Varela's recipe turns up the heat even further by adding hot sauce. In the end, the abundance of spicy ingredients blend and become a slightly mute when combined with the sharp, crisp flavor found in vodka.

This drink will certainly appease the resident pickle lover in your house, but it will surely spark vast excitement in your guests your next party.  Chances are you'll be the first person to serve your friends this unique beverages, but once your friends give this a try, you certainly won't be the last.

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Pickle Martini

4 ounces Vodka
2 ounces Pickle Juice
1/4 teaspoon of Sriracha Hot Sauce
1 Pickle Wedge


1. Add liquids to a large cup or speed cup.
2. Add ice.
3. Shake in a speed cup vigorously for 20 seconds.
4. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pickle wedge.

Recipe Courtesy Andy Varela, Maitland Mountain Farms, 2013.

About The Cook

Andy VarelaOriginally from Southern CA, chef and farmer Andy Varela owns and runs Maitland Mountain Farm with his fiancée Holly Maitland and their newborn son Jett. Renowned in his adopted home of Salem,

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