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January 20, 2013
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Moonshine Pickleback

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

pickleback moonshineGood moonshine doesn't need help from mixers, but we recently heard about a crazy drink made with pickle juice and hot sauce. Well, it's not normally made with hot sauce, but give it a shot. It's called a pickleback, and it's pretty darn good.


Every summer we go a little crazy with food preservation. Countless evenings and weekends were spent canning, pickling, and freezing. Our goal was to make enough grub to sustain us through the entire winter and we have an entire deep freezer full of food to prove it. We also have an abundance of canned pickles, roasted tomatoes, and jam.

What better way to fully enjoy the fruits of you labor than by mixing up a drink made with homemade ingredients. Moonshine and pickle juice doesn't seem like it'd be a great combination, as it turns out, the pickleback ain't too bad. So head to the store and pick up your favorite kind of white whiskey, grab that old jar of pickles from the fridge, and get ready for a good time...

Check out the rest of our moonshine recipes here.

Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • Drinking one right now. Hot damn!

    Posted by Mark Moffitt on March 16, 2021
  • This sounds so good….

    Posted by Veronica on January 20, 2018
  • Pickle juice and shine is my favorite!!!

    Posted by redbeard on December 25, 2013
  • I live in canada honey is costly but maple sugar is cheap and it makes some good hotch make it the same as honey

    Posted by dan on November 03, 2013
  • ole smoky moonshine is crap. if you are buying moonshine from a store you dont understand the whole point of this site or the people interested in carrying on a tradition that would have died a long time ago.. i appreciate your recipe pages and the instructions on how to make true corn whiskey the way my grandpatents did in the mtns of georgia years ago..

    Posted by mattnooga on May 18, 2013
  • in your pickelback moonshine recipe what pickle juice do i use dill or sweet pickle juice sound like one i would like dont want to ruin it .

    Posted by bob on February 04, 2013
  • Ole Smoky Moonshine in stores now…

    Posted by James Worley on February 03, 2013
  • I can readly get all the ingredients except the shine! Any suggestions?

    Posted by Kevin Juul on January 20, 2013

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