Pickle chips, pickle spears, pickle pretzels and this pickle lemonade. Pickle flavoring is extremely popular seasoning to add to a wide variety of different foods. If you’re looking for a refreshing, invigorating drink then give this pickle lemonade a try.
🥂 What is a Pickle Lemonade?
Pick a lemonade is a combination of pickle juice, water, lemon juice and simple syrup or sugar. This interesting and refreshing drink starts out with a sharp tang of vinegar that is associated with pickle juice and then quickly melts into a smooth, light lemon flavor.
Lemonade, of course, it is regularly associated with the sweet sunshine of summertime. One of the cool things about this refreshing drink is that it can be easily made into a wide variety of different flavors simply by adding one extra ingredient.
Just like with this pickle lemonade, you can easily make raspberry lemonade, sparkling lemonade or even strawberry lemonade. Or if you like the pickle flavor, but want some alcohol too, try out this pickleback shot.
Though this might seem like an odd combination at first, it’s actually the perfect tangy and tart flavor combination for the summer. Refreshing citrus with salty electrolyte packed pickle juice. Another easy and hydrating drink is this easy cucumber lemon water.
And here are some other reasons why you are sure to love this recipe:
- It’s easy. You only need four very simple ingredients for the strength. And all you have to do is stir them together. You should be able to have this one stirred up in 5 minutes or less.
- Hydrating and refreshing. The combination of water and lemons is a refreshing drink. With the salty pickle juice added in you have a hydrating and refreshing summer beverage.
- Pickles, need I say more. Everyone loves to add pickle seasoning to everything from trips to sweet treats and everything in between. So, why not your lemonade as well?
⭐ When to Make This Drink
This refreshing and hydrating beverage can be served up at a whole slew different occasions such as:
- Pool parties
- Beach days
- Summer celebrations
Check out these ingredient substitutions and possible flavor variations If you’re looking for a couple ideas on how to change this up:
- Make a large batch. If you want to serve this at your next large party or get together multiply the ingredients by 6. Then, stir it together in a pitcher or punch bowl
- Use sugar. Substitute the simple syrup for sugar. Or, if you want to go with a non-refined sweetener you can use honey.
- Use a sugar substitute. Again, you can substitute the simple sugar for a sugar alternative like agave or stevia.
- Use lime juice. Instead of making a lemonade, substitute the lemon juice for lime juice to make some limeade.
- Change up the pickle juice. We used dill pickle juice which is the most common for this recipe. But you could use bread and butter or any other flavor pickle you want.
- Adjust the sweetness. This drink is lightly sweet If you use the measurements listed below. You can dial the sweetness up simply by adding a little extra simple syrup.
- Make it bubbly. Add a little club soda or sparkling water to give this drink a little fizz.
- 4 oz Water
- 1 oz Simple syrup – You can make your own simple syrup or buy it from the store.
- 1 oz Lemon juice – store-bought or home squeezed works. Made from home usually tastes a little more tart and fresh.
- 1 oz Pickle juice – We simply used pickle juice straight out of a pickle jar. However, you can actually buy a jar of straight pickle juice.
Gather everything together including highball glass, ice, jigger, bar spoon, lemon juice, simple syrup, pickle juice, water and pickle spear.
Note: You can use any type of glass you want for this drink. Additionally, if you want measurements in cups and tablespoons please see the recipe card below.
Take some ice and fill your glass to the top.
Measure out 1 oz of pickle juice. Pour the pickle juice into the glass.
Measure out 1 oz of simple syrup. Pour the simple syrup into the glass.
Measure out 1 oz of lemon juice. Pour the lemon juice into a glass.
Grab your water and pour it directly into the glass to top it off. This will take around 4 oz of water depending on the size of glass you’re using.
Take your bar spoon and stick it in a glass. Carefully stir everything together so that it is well mixed.
Grab one small to medium sized dill pickle and a place it in the side of the glass as an optional garnish.
- bar spoon
- cocktail shaker optional
- Hawthorne strainer optional
- highball glass
- 4 oz Water
- 1 oz Simple syrup
- 1 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Pickle Juice
- Toss ice into the highball glass to fill it up.
- Take the jigger and measure 1 oz of lemon juice. Then, dump the lemon juice into the glass.*see below notes if you don't have a jigger or prefer to measure in cups and tbs.
- Take the jigger and measure 1 oz of simple syrup. Then, dump the simple syrup into the glass.
- Take the jigger and measure 1 oz of pickle juice. Then, dump the pickle juice into the glass.
- Take the jigger and measure 4 oz of water. Then, dump the water into the glass.Pro tip: you can also just pour the water straight into the glass to top if off instead of measuring it out.
- Take the bar spoon and stir everything together.
- Add a lemon wedge or a pickle slice on the rim of the glass as an optional garnish.
- Squeeze your own fresh lemon juice.
- Use sparkling water for a little fizz.
- Add a little extra simple syrup if you like a sweeter drink.
- You can build this in the cocktail shaker (or a mason jar or any jar with a lid), if you prefer to shake it to mix it together.
- ¼ cup of water
- 2 tbs simple syrup
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tbs pickle juice