Pickled Cocktails; 2 Ways

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It’s summer (DUH!) and that can only mean one thing…I am pickling {If you had any doubt, refer to my ‘Things in Jars‘ section…I am slightly obsessed!}!  What I did here was take my very basic Half-Sour Recipe and jazzed it up two different ways.  One version is spicy and has a slightly Italian twist while the other is sweet with a citrus-y vibe – and then, I added them to cocktails!  The spicy vinegar mixture takes the place of olive juice in a dirty martini, while the sweet one adds a little zing to a combination of gin and fizzy cucumber water (I purchase both DRY Soda and Sparkling Essence at a local health foods store, but if you cannot find them, or locate something similar, you could try this with plain sparkling water too!).

Please note that these can be categorized as “fresh” pickles meaning that the brine is on the lighter side, the cucumbers maintain some of their crunch, and overall are best eaten within a week (~ Shouldn’t be a problem ; )).  If you want to skip the drink portion altogether, these are also great as a condiment or snack.  I found the miniature forks pictured here in the Target $1 Bins, which makes dipping right in an option too!  I am off to the lake with my family – and several jars of pickles in tow.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

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Spicy Italian-Style Pickles
 
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Recipe type: Sips, Things in Jars
Serves: 4 jars
Ingredients
  • For the Brine:
  • 3.5 Cups Filtered Water
  • ½ Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • For the Jars:
  • 2 Cloves Garlic per Jar, Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Stem Fresh Oregano per Jar
  • 5-6 Whole Black Peppercorns per Jar
  • 1 Small Bay Leaf per Jar
  • 2 Pickling (Kirby, Mini, etc.) Cucumbers per Jar, Thinly Sliced
  • For the Cocktail (Makes 1):
  • ¼ Teaspoon Dry Vermouth
  • 1 Tablespoon Pickling Liquid
  • 4-Ounce Vodka
Instructions
  1. Bring the water, vinegar, and salt to a boil over high heat, allowing the salt to dissolve into the brine. Set aside and allow to cool completely (This is an extremely important step as a warm brine will create mushy pickles!).
  2. Fill your jars with the garlic, oregano, peppercorns, and bay leaf. Place the sliced cucumbers on top, packing them in tightly. Pour in the cooled brine.
  3. Lightly cover the jars with a napkin or a dishcloth and allow to sit at room temperature, overnight.
  4. Remove the napkin and seal your jars. Store in the refrigerator. Depending upon how tart you like them, the pickles can be eaten after an additional 1-3 days, as they will continue to sour. Once opened, they're best consumed within a week.
  5. For the Cocktail: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pickles!
Notes
This recipe will fill 2-4 8-Ounce Mason Jars depending upon how tightly you pack each one.

 


Sweet Citrus-y Pickles
 
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Recipe type: Sips, Things in Jars
Serves: 4 jars
Ingredients
  • For the Brine:
  • 3.5 Cups Filtered Water
  • ½ Cup White Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar OR Raw Honey
  • For the Jars:
  • ½ Lemon, Zested per Jar
  • 1 Stem Fresh Mint per Jar
  • 1 Lemon Wedge per Jar
  • 1 Lime Wedge per Jar
  • 2 Pickling (Kirby, Mini, etc.) Cucumbers per Jar, Thinly Sliced
  • For the Cocktail (Makes 1):
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pickling Liquid
  • 2-Ounces Gin
  • Cucumber Soda, Sparkling Water, Club Soda
Instructions
  1. Bring the water, vinegar, and sugar to a boil over high heat, allowing the sugar to dissolve into the brine. Set aside and allow to cool completely (This is an extremely important step as a warm brine will create mushy pickles!).
  2. Fill your jars with the citrus and mint. Place the sliced cucumbers on top, packing them in tightly. Pour in the cooled brine.
  3. Lightly cover the jars with a napkin or a dishcloth and allow to sit at room temperature, overnight.
  4. Remove the napkin and seal your jars. Store in the refrigerator. Depending upon how tart you like them, the pickles can be eaten after an additional 1-3 days, as they will continue to sour. Once opened, they're best consumed within a week.
  5. For the Cocktail: Fill a glass with ice. Add the pickling liquid and gin. Top with your choice of bubbles! Garnish with pickles!
Notes
This recipe will fill 2-4 8-Ounce Mason Jars depending upon how tightly you pack each one.

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4 Responses to Pickled Cocktails; 2 Ways

  1. Great recipes and I love your layouts, they are so creative!

  2. natasha says:

    Beautiful images…I loved the use of coloured spoons in them..

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