Pickle Back Shot: Jameson's and Pickle Juice
There are some moments in your life that you will always remember. Your first kiss? Hopefully. The birth of your first child? Probably. The first time you drink a shot of whiskey with a chaser of pickle juice? Most definitely. Or at least we imagine so, because we haven't actually done it.
You see, drinking a Pickle Back, as it's called by those who actually drink it, seems like a red pill/blue pill moment - a choice that will change your life forever. The shot was described to us using Jameson, a perennial Liquor Snob favorite, and we can only imagine sitting there at the bar, looking at those glasses full of golden and green liquids, knowing that nothing will ever be the same again. Plus, if you drink enough of them, we're pretty sure you'll decide you know Kung Fu, just like Neo.
The folks who told us about this shot claim that "Jameson's smooth taste complements the bitterness of the pickle juice nicely." That remains to be seen. We challenge our readers to send us their Pickle Back comments pictures, videos, haiku, whatever, to jake [at] liquorsnob [dot] com. We will also be accepting recommendations for the best pickle juice to use, as long as it's available.
If you convince us, we'll try our very first one on St. Patrick's Day, and we'll find out for ourselves how deep this rabbit hole goes.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at February 17, 2010 9:40 PM
I think it's funny how New York bars think they came up with the pickle chaser. "NOT" it was me, actually about 4 or 5 years ago. Yep a bartender from El Cajon Ca. A drinker I'm not, but it always seemed like everyone would do shots and suck them down with no problems. I hate straight shots of anything, I would almost throw-up every time. So me being the creative bartender (23 years) I was trying everything to chase or mix with the shot so I could have shots with my customers, but nothing worked. Well one day I brought pickles in to work just to munch on and I had an idea (wierd and a bit far fetched) I'm going to chase my shot of tequila with pickle juice, well....WOW!!!! it actually works can't taste a thing. After that any bars we would go to we would buy a jar of pickles and use all of the juice. I think at one time we had 8 jars of pickles with no juice. (couldn't eat them as fast as we were using the juice) well after I started that trend it was all over east county bars. So New York your a bit late and this little town in San Diego Co. was already on the map with this trend. So sorry I already had the pickle back going. "Tatas" P.S. one you didn't try is blending pickles to make juice when you run dry. Try that one