Dirty Martini Pickles

Dirty martini in pickle form. Yes, please! These cucumber pickles are brined with lemon, gin, and a little bit of green olive.

The secret to these pickles is the olives. Well, maybe the gin too. But definitely the olives. I mean, what’s a dirty martini without olives? I really wanted to get that olive flavor into the pickles. I could have used olive brine, but I also wanted to add some different flavor elements. Besides, all my olive bine is already spoken for!

So, I decided to use olives instead. Putting olives directly into the brine would not give the pickles enough olive flavor, but smashing them with salt to release their oils, would. I boiled the olive paste with the rest of the brine ingredients. Poured it over my cucumbers and five days later it was cocktail time!

Dirty Martini Pickles

Course Appetizer, Drinks, pickle, preserve, Snack
Servings 1 quart


  • 2-3 cucumbers 1 pound
  • 8 castelvetrano olives or other green olives
  • 1/4 lemon zested 1-2 strips
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorn
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup gin


  • Slice the cucumber and place in jars.
  • Smash olives and salt together until they form a paste.
  • Mix the olive paste with vinegar, water, gin, lemon zest. garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil.
  • Pour picking liquid over the cucumbers. Cool until pickles are room temperature and refrigerate. Pickles will be ready to use in 3-5 days.

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