Dilly Martini…What I’m Drinking This Week

I picked dill as the herb of the week, so what would work with dill in a cocktail? I kept thinking of dill pickles, and thought why not? If you can have a dirty martini with olive brine, you could have a dill martini with dill pickle juice. The vodka is smooth, the pickle brine adds some pucker, and the dill adds a bit of freshness. Garnish with a pickle slice and serve it up chilled with a corned beef or Reuben sandwich, and you’re all set! Cheers!

Dilly Martini


2 oz. vodka (I used Skyy Vodka)

1 0z. dill pickle juice

splash dry vermouth

sprig of fresh dill

garnish: a pickle slice and sprig of fresh dill


Muddle dill in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add ice, vodka, pickle juice, and vermouth. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with the pickle slice and fresh dill.

Please sip responsibly.

The dilly martini - perfect with a Reuben sandwich!

The dilly martini – perfect with a Reuben sandwich!

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27 comments on “Dilly Martini…What I’m Drinking This Week
  1. Nancy says:

    I love dill, just as much as garlic. This would be so good too. Smackin’ my lips!

  2. Angelic Sinova says:

    This looks amazing! I love this dill theme you’ve got going 😉

  3. Brenda says:

    Wow! This drink looks incredible!

  4. I totally would have ever thought dill in a martini. I am totally going to try that!

  5. Laura Waxman says:

    aaannnd now i want a big juicy pickle =)

  6. AJ says:

    Oh yes, this looks amazing.

  7. Andi says:

    I love martinis and I drink mine dirty, this sounds delicious! I love pickle juice and I used to drink it out of the jar as a kid! I am definitely going to try this out!

  8. I have never heard of a dilly martini before! It looks and sounds delicious, though!

  9. estherjulee says:

    can you make rosemary your herb of the week? we have so many rosemary bushes outside our apartment complex and i need more rosemary dish inspiration to make good use of it.

  10. Lindsay says:

    Yumm I love pickles!! Sounds like a great drink 🙂

  11. Lauren says:

    That looks very interesting! But it makes sense it would taste well with a Rueben sammie.

  12. I’m not a martini drinker, but your pictures are beautiful! 🙂

  13. Jessica Doll says:

    This sounds so delicious! I haven’t tried anything like this before but love pickle juice.

  14. Christen says:

    Pickle juice? Really? Is that actually good? I love pickles but I cannot imagine drinking pickle juice.

    • edmin says:

      It’s surprisingly good. It’s like a dirty martini, which uses olive brine, but a little more herbal because of the dill! Plus you only use a tiny bit. 🙂

  15. Fi says:

    Ooh this sounds and looks great for a fun weekend date night in with a takeaway. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Rebekah says:

    Sounds and looks delicious! As does that Reuben.

  17. Candace says:

    I’ve never had a a dirty martini. Isn’t that crazy?!

  18. Neely says:

    Love me a martini!

  19. fatima says:

    Never thought to put dill and martini together! I am a huge fan of mojitos bc of the mint leaves i’ll have to try this one day!

  20. alice says:

    I have never tried dill pickle juice in a drink but why not?! I’ve never actually had a martini, I stick to long island ice teas and cosmopolitans. Next time i’m out and cocktailing I’ll give it a go 🙂

  21. Erica says:

    Can’t drink right now due to pregnancy but hey you sure make a girl want a drink 😉

    • edmin says:

      I’m afraid there’s no virgin version of this drink unless you develop a craving for dill pickle juice while you’re pregnant!

  22. Sounds like a really interesting combo 🙂

  23. Aimee says:

    I use dill constantly to prepare dishes and various salad dressings, because it is very tasty and useful.

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