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Behold the Mighty Pickle Back

photo 1When I was in New York a couple of years ago, I went out  with some friends to a bar called The Woods in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There, and seemingly everywhere in New York, people were drinking “Pickle Backs” — shots of Jameson’s Irish whiskey chased by shots of pickle juice.

I had to try one and, well, it wasn’t exactly my thing.

Question: are there any places in Atlanta serving Pickle Backs? Seems a natural here…

14 comments Add your comment

Shane Touhy

March 21st, 2011
12:51 pm

We tried at Dogwood John. Homemade pickle juice (from our homemade pickles). Didn’t get too many bites. I liked it, but if it doesnt sell, whats the point?

Jim R.

March 21st, 2011
1:23 pm

Wow…I’ve gotten an even better drink. It’s called Jamesons WITHOUT pickle,onion,carrot,beet,papaya,cabbage,radish,rhubarb,kale,turnip.or ANY juice. Jeez..If it ain’t broke. I hope Dylan Thomas doesn’t hear about this.



March 21st, 2011
1:49 pm

All right—what’s with the pickle juice fad?

I just read this article last week about pickle juice with chili powder when drinking Negro Modelo (or other cheap beer):

David G.

March 21st, 2011
2:08 pm

My foursome toasts at the 5th tee at Chastain (North Fulton) every Wednesday with Jameson. I don’t think I’ll be suggesting a pickle juice chaser. (said with my incredible Irish dialect) but I will ask the group if they are familiar. One is from the Mother Country while two are Scots-Irish white trash, and one an Irish Catholic from Chicago.
I think we’ll just settle for another shot of the whiskey, if it’s all the same.


March 21st, 2011
2:18 pm

I had Patron tequila shots with a pickle back when I was in NYC. I have to say, I actually enjoyed it. The pickle juice sort of takes the place of the salt and lime (sour and salty). I can’t really imagine how this would taste with whiskey, though.


March 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

My co-workers and I downed a number of “Whiskey Pickle” shots where I worked about 4 years ago…Jameson or Tullamore Dew followed by a shot of pickle juice. Weirdly addicting– not necessarily delicious but addicting.


March 21st, 2011
3:12 pm

Behold the Mighty Pickle Back … that Rodney ain’t never gonna drink.

Actually, if I’m to stick with my long-standing rule of “try it before you say you don’t like it”, I’ll HAVE to try it.

But I think I may go into it with predetermined distaste. I don’t have a great love affair with pickles, and certainly not pickle juice. But I’ll give it a shot – John, you inviting? Maybe a round-table pickle juice cocktail tasting? :)


March 21st, 2011
4:37 pm

Why would you screw up perfectly good pickle juice?

Josh H

March 21st, 2011
6:54 pm

Mr. Kessler, Thank you for keeping the readers updated on all the latest two-year-old trends.

John Kessler

March 21st, 2011
7:28 pm

Josh H. – I’m sorry that you don’t like this topic, or our star rating system, or the graphic design of our star ratings, or the choice of restaurants I opt to review, or the way I handle different situations. Which makes me wonder why you keep reading this blog. You know — the weather’s beautiful, there’s an endless amount of great literature out there, there’s so much going on in the world. And you’re perfectly welcome to hang out here and gripe, but I can’t imagine it’s very good for the soul. Best, JK


March 22nd, 2011
8:12 am

I am not a Jameson fan, but do a shot with Tequila sounds really interesresting

I did hve ‘poor mans sushi’ last night, a Mount Olive dill pickle spear wrapped in a piece of white bread with a cream cheese/mustard/mayo spread. Cut into slices it looked interesting. And it tasted REALLY good!


March 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

This does not sound like my cup of sauce……in the same vain I have been craving well crafted savory cocktails. I live in the square area in Marietta and nothing close to the artful and well thought cocktails of One Midtown Kitchen or the like. Any recommendations for a recipe source?


March 22nd, 2011
1:57 pm

I don’t think that Josh gets to whine anywhere but this blog.


March 23rd, 2011
12:16 pm

Put that pickle juice (preferably dill) in your bloody mary where it belongs.