I’m a self-confessed pickle head.
Kosher dill. Bread and butter. Garlic spiked. It really makes no difference to me, I love ‘em all.
Summer eats at my house are always accompanied by pickles. Sandwiches, burgers and macaroni salad all require the briny spear and are popular ways for just about everyone to partake. But pickled vodka? That might be a new one for you.
Today I bring you the recipe for Pickle Infused Vodka.
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my recipe for The Best Bloody Mary EVER and how to create a bloody mary bar for summer funning with friends and family.
And you can bet bacon, and Pickled Vodka, will be included.
One of my favorite summer things is putting up pickles. And one of my least favorite things about summer is putting up pickles. I mean, once it’s done, I’m always glad I went through the process, but sometimes the thought of dragging out all my brining gear gives me a case of the dreads.
My mom’s been buying Vlasic Kosher Dills literally for years, and so I buy them too. But when I went to the grocery store a few months ago to refill my kosher dill coffers, I discovered the new look of Vlasic and their Farmer’s Garden pickles.
I was definitely intrigued thanks to a few things I immediately took note of.
a. First off, I’m all about packaging, and I think as part of a big company, Farmer’s Garden found a way to make their packaging feel artisanal. Somebody was smart when they had the brainchild to put these guys up in real-style mason jars. And I like that I can reuse the glass jar for other stuff.
b. Just looking at the pickle jar I immediately got the message that these pickles are different. Just look at all of the extra veggies loaded into each jar. Carrots, red bell pepper, whole garlic cloves and of course, cucumbers. It’s like there’s a salad going on in there. That alone makes my mouth water.
c. These pickles are made the old-fashioned way with all natural ingredients and they’re packed by hand instead of by machine. The same way Joseph Vlasic pickled his pickles 70 years ago.
It shows in the very first bite.
Let’s Get Pickled
My husband and I have been making infused vodkas lately. It’s incredibly easy to do and fun to experiment with different flavors. He’s a big fan of our cucumber vodka, so we thought Pickle Infused Vodka would be a perfect cucumber extension to add to the liquor cabinet.
You don’t want to use the cheapo vodka when you’re infusing with flavors because then you’re concoction will taste cheapo too. I really like Tito’s Handmade Vodka , because it’s super clean in flavor and easy to enjoy. Plus, they started vodka for dog people, I mean, how much more can I like a company who loves dogs while making delicious sips?
Farmer’s Garden pickles make for a fun presentation in the bottle, because adding the extra pickled veggies to the mix gives an extra dose of color and flavor.
If you’re a dirty martini fan like me, Pickle Infused Vodka on the rocks is your game. If you’re a fan of Sunday brunch, Pickle Infused Vodka adds some real flavor to your boozy bloody mary.
Pickle Infused Vodka
- 3 parts vodka I used 1 ½ cups
- 1 part Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic Kosher Dill Spears pickle juice I used ½ cup
- reserved pickle spears and vegetables
- Add 3 parts vodka to 1 part kosher dill pickle juice to a measuring cup. Add one pickle spear and some of the reserved vegetables from the Farmer's Garden pickles to a glass juice jar with a lid or a mason jar.
- Seal the jar with the lid and store in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator for about 3 days.
Remember to come back by tomorrow to see how I put this Pickled Vodka to work in my Best Bloody Mary Ever and find out how you can create your own bloody mary bar. And yes, yes, I won’t forget the bacon.
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I’ve only heard about infusing alcohol but have never tried it and your ideas sound like a great way to refresh in summer… Thanks!
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How long will the vodka stay good? I’m planning a party in the middle of February, and we all love pickle shots. Can I make this now for February?
I know this post is “a-ways” back, but still haven’t seen anything like this as I’m commenting, this was linked to a bloody mary recipe that looks wonderful too and is on the front page of the site, so anyway, thank you for this! Love the “infused” idea for vodka, and as I wrote, have not tripped across this before!
I’m so glad it’s still out there being original. Not much is these days! Thanks Sabrina.
Do take the pickle and veggies out after the 3 days?
Hi Victoria, the three days is the shortest amount of time I recommend for the pickles to infuse the vodka. You could leave the pickles in longer if you’d like and the pickle flavor will slowly become a bit stronger.
I got to this article the long way but glad I got here. I had a great tomato crop this year and after making 14 qts of marinara (THEEE best) I made salsa. Then I tried ketchup. When the ketchup didn’t thicken, I “turned” it into Bloody Mary mix. Not a vodka fan but I love Bloody’s, so I wanted a good suggestion for the vodka. I’ve seen Tito’s and I like the idea of pickle infusion. BTW – I took a small bottle of MY Bloody mix to the bar of a friend who’s Bloody’s are renowned. The couple people who tried my mix loved it. So now I can enjoy an ideal Bloody — with YOUR vodka suggestion — right here at home. Thanks!
This looks delicious! How long will the infused vodka last? And do I need to refrigerate it?
How long does this keep for? After the three days to infuse, do I store it in the fridge or remove the pickle or anything? Thanks!
Where did you get the great carafes with glass lids?
Hi Deanna, the are Weck jars. You can find them online or at Crate & Barrel.
where to but the infusers like pictured. TY
While my Bloody Marys are always in demand at all my family/friends gatherings, I have been thinking about making my own mix. I am very anxious to try your Mary recipe. One question though… I am also going to try your pickle infused vodka, but I usually prefer to use gin instead of vodka in my drink. Do you think I could make pickle infused gin with good results?
Thanks. Great blog!
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Katie @ Butterlust
Yes please! At a bar I used to go to in college they served shots of (cheap) vodka with pickle juice chasers. Love this (much) classier version!
Aimee @ Simple Bites
I just love this too bits. Summer canning/pickling/preserving/infusing projects like these make me ridiculously happy! YOU are inspiring.
shelly (cookies and cups)
My husband will LOVE THIS!! I can’t wait to see your bloody mary!
Ali | Gimme Some Oven
I dig that pickle packaging! And brilliant drink idea. Nice animated GIF!
Neat idea for a summer BBQ drink. I’ll have to check out the condiment isle for those pickles. You’re right about the jar–brilliant idea. I really like that you can re-use it!