4 Must-Try Cocktails for Pickleball Enthusiasts


For those who cherish the camaraderie and exhilaration of a pickleball game, a well-crafted cocktail can be the perfect way to celebrate post-match. Some even enjoy a pre-game libation to set the mood. What started as a playful experiment has turned into a delightful exploration: crafting cocktails with pickle juice. But are they any good? Let’s dive into four intriguing concoctions that pickleball lovers will adore.

1. The Pickle Back

When it comes to incorporating pickle juice into beverages, the Pickle Back is the quintessential choice. Despite its relatively recent invention in 2006, it has quickly become a classic. The beauty of this drink lies in its simplicity and taste.


  • A shot of whiskey (bourbon is preferred, but any whiskey will do)
  • A shot of pickle juice


  1. Chill both shots as much as possible.
  2. Take the shot of whiskey.
  3. Follow immediately with the shot of pickle juice.

This combination works wonderfully with other spirits like vodka, tequila, or gin. The key is to serve both shots cold and enjoy them without hesitation.

2. The Pickle Vodka Martini

For a sophisticated twist on a classic, the Pickle Vodka Martini offers a unique flavor profile by substituting olive juice with pickle juice. This spirit-forward cocktail is perfect for elegant pickleball gatherings.


  • 2.5 ounces of vodka (gin can be used, but vodka is recommended)
  • 0.5 ounces of dry vermouth (optional)
  • 0.5 ounces of pickle juice (adjust to taste; use a full ounce for a “dirty” martini)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass.
  3. Garnish with a pickle.

For an extra touch, chill your glass in the freezer before preparing the drink.

3. The Dill Pickle Bloody Mary

Elevate your Bloody Mary game with the addition of pickle juice ice cubes. This ingenious hack prevents your drink from becoming diluted and adds a delightful depth of flavor.


  • Your favorite Bloody Mary mix
  • Vodka
  • Pickle juice ice cubes


  1. Prepare pickle juice ice cubes in advance by freezing pickle juice in an ice cube tray.
  2. Mix your Bloody Mary as usual, using your preferred recipe.
  3. Add the pickle juice ice cubes to your Bloody Mary.

This method enhances any Bloody Mary recipe, providing a unique and refreshing twist.

4. The Pickle Juice Whiskey Sour

For the adventurous palate, the Pickle Juice Whiskey Sour offers a bold and intriguing flavor combination. While we haven’t tried this one yet, it’s on our list, and we encourage you to give it a shot.


  • Whiskey
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Pickle juice


  1. Combine whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and pickle juice in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a glass.

This cocktail is for those who truly appreciate the tangy zest of pickle juice. Check out the video tutorial for detailed instructions and join us in exploring this daring drink.

Final Thoughts

These four pickle juice-infused cocktails offer a range of flavors and experiences for pickleball lovers. Whether you prefer the simplicity of a Pickle Back or the complexity of a Pickle Juice Whiskey Sour, there’s something for everyone. Experiment with these recipes and find your new favorite post-game refreshment.


1. What is a Pickle Back?

A Pickle Back is a simple cocktail consisting of a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. It’s known for its unique flavor and ease of preparation.

2. Can I use gin instead of vodka in a Pickle Vodka Martini?

Yes, you can use gin instead of vodka, but the flavor profile will be different. Vodka is generally preferred for its neutral taste, which allows the pickle juice to shine.

3. How do I make pickle juice ice cubes?

To make pickle juice ice cubes, simply pour pickle juice into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. These cubes can be used in various cocktails to add flavor without dilution.

4. What is the best whiskey for a Pickle Back?

While bourbon is a popular choice, you can use any whiskey you prefer. Jameson is a common selection, but feel free to experiment with different types.

5. Is the Pickle Juice Whiskey Sour very sour?

The Pickle Juice Whiskey Sour combines the tanginess of pickle juice with the sourness of lemon juice. It’s a bold cocktail that may be quite sour, so adjust the ingredients to suit your

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Written by Billy Pickles

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