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Low-Calorie Pickleback Martini

By August 30, 2018Recipes
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Welcome to our Whole Life Challenge-compliant cocktail series from professional bartender Jenna Gruttadauria. Jenna practiced mixology at some of the most well-known bars and clubs in New York City before joining the Whole Life Challenge team. Now, she enjoys using her knowledge to make healthier versions of classic cocktails.

The pickleback has become an extremely popular shot in recent years. The duo of whiskey and pickle brine is well matched, with the latter helping to tame the burn that the whiskey can cause going down.

This cocktail is not for everyone, but if you enjoy a dirty martini, you’ve met your less classy, but just-as-delicious next bar order. (Note: when you make these, be sure to use sugar-free pickle brine.)

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Low-Calorie Pickleback Martini

The duo of whiskey and pickle brine is well matched, with the latter helping to tame the burn that the whiskey can cause going down.

Category Alcohol, Beverage
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Jenna Gruttadauria


  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce sugar-free pickle brine
  • 3-5 drops of your favorite hot sauce
  • Tajin for rim see notes for link
  • Slice of pickle for garnish


  1. Combine whiskey, pickle brine, and hot sauce in a shaker with ice.

  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Rub Tajin on the rim of the glass of your choice.
  4. Strain cocktail into glass (no ice).
  5. Garnish with a slice of pickle.

Recipe Notes

You can probably find Tajin spice mix in your grocery store, but if not, it's also available on Amazon.

Note: We are not saying that alcohol is “healthy” to consume. (More on that here.) We are acknowledging that there are times we inevitably make the choice to imbibe (and we include ourselves in that “we”), and that there are better and worse ways to go about drinking alcohol when it comes to our health. Our goal is to empower you with lower-sugar, lower-calorie, still-fabulous recipes for these times.

Jenna Gruttadauria
Jenna is a wine-drinking, jewelry-making, dog-loving, snowboarding, running, beach-going, fun-loving soul whose heart beats for the city.

With an unshakeable entrepreneurial spirit and unrivaled work ethic, Jenna spent years working in the restaurant industry, developing her love of food and wine. Inspired by the king of all concrete jungles, New York, Jenna started her own successful fashion business, which moved her to the sunnier skies of Los Angeles, California.

A once self-proclaimed foodie who could never give up bread or cheese, she’s now welcomes the healthy, clean living lifestyle that California and the WLC make so easy. And she loves to take the recipes of her former life and transform them into healthier versions.