So you think youâ€™re hip? You think youâ€™re cool? Youâ€™ve had a shot and a pickleback while listening to Nickleback? Well, if youâ€™re tired of standing in lines to clubs youâ€™ll never get in, up your game, quit doing shots with the cool kids and grow into a hipper, bearded cocktail, The Pickled Surfer.
For those who donâ€™t know, picklebacks are a thing. Legend has it that this custom was originated in Brooklyn, presumably by a bespectacled, bearded gent with great hair and a flair for the unusual who paired a shot of whiskey with a shot of spicy bread and butter pickle juice and birthed a legendary combo. I was a late adopter, but I kinda love the flavor profile. Itâ€™s unexpected but wonderful, so when I ran across this recipe I knew I had to try it. So grab a mixing pitcher and add 2 1/2 ounces of whiskey, I went with Corsair Hydra cause I like having five smokes in a whiskey, 1 1/2 ounces of bread and butter pickle juice, I went with Farmington Pickling Co. cause we own the brand, and 3/4 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice. Drop in some 18-21 Baltimore Bitters, artisan ice and stir, being careful to keep the back of the barspoon to the glass, like the cool kids do. Grab a julep strainer and pour over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and a couple of those awesome pickles, all dusted with Old Bay Seasoning. Give the drink itself a light dusting of Old Bay as well, itâ€™s good stuff.Â
Take a sip and wonder at the weirdly smooth mouth feel, the way the sweet acidity of the pickle juice complements the smoke of the whiskey. Realize that this pickleback cocktail is a lot like Nickleback. Sure we all say â€œEeew weirdâ€ but if we stick with it, itâ€™s kinda nice. Familiar, even. So do like your old Uncle Monkey and have the quesadilla, on the house, chased down by a Pickled Surfer. Itâ€™s what all the cool rockstars are doing. Stay safe, stay hydrated and stay sane, my friends.