The Pickleback is the hipster shot of choice these days — crappy well bourbon followed by a shooter of pickle brine — and I don’t care what anyone says, it’s gross. That said, you can find pickled stuff in every bar in the world. They’re called olives. Why not branch out and experiment with the rest of the pickle universe? Try The Dirty Pickle, a variation on a dirty martini that uses dill pickle brine instead of olive juice. Despite its name, this is a really elegant cocktail.
In a pint glass, combine vodka, dry vermouth, pickle brine, and mustard seeds. Top with ice, and stir until cold, 20-30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass, allowing the mustard seeds into the cocktail (they’ll sink to the bottom). Garnish with baby dill pickle and sprig of dill.