Dirty Dill Martini

Tangy pickle juice takes this classic cocktail to a mouth-puckering new level

Photo: Kelsey Foster

“This is a surprisingly tasty twist on a classic martini,” writes Dallas food blogger Maegan Brown in her new cookbook, Brilliant Bites. “The addition of dill pickle juice gives this cocktail a deliciously dirty tang.” Garnished with a crunchy cornichon and fresh dill sprig, the drink is a must-try for pickle lovers. 

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  • Dirty Dill Martini (YIELD: 1 cocktail)

    • Ice, for the cocktail shaker

    • 2 oz. vodka or gin (based on personal preference)

    • ½ oz. dry vermouth

    • ½ oz. dill pickle juice

    • 1 cornichon, for garnishing

    • 1 sprig fresh dill, for garnishing


  1. Chill a coupe glass. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka (or gin), vermouth, and pickle juice to a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 to 20 seconds, until well chilled. Strain into the chilled coupe glass and garnish with the cornichon and sprig of dill.

© 2023 by Quarto Publishing Group USA, Inc. Text © 2023 by Maegan Brown. Photography: Kelsey Foster.