For a thirst-quenching drink, make this pickle lemonade recipe! Though this combination of simple flavors sounds strange, pickle juice gives a delightful tangy taste to this classic summer drink.
Plain lemonade is a favorite summertime beverage because it’s sweet, sour, and utterly refreshing. Plus, it only requires three ingredients: water, lemon juice, and sugar.
Lemonade is a very popular drink because it’s easy to make but also relatively healthy. Therefore, it’s a great alternative to soda.
And, it’s a great base for experimentation! You can add any of your favorite fruits or vegetables, but I love a special addition — pickle juice!
Pickles are actually over 4000 years old. Archaeologists have found traces of cucumbers preserved in acid at sites in Mesopotamia.
The salt and vinegar brine both keeps the cucumbers from spoiling and tastes great! In addition, pickled foods have extra health benefits.
In this recipe, I add a splash of pickle juice to regular lemonade for a taste explosion. So, when life gives you lemons, crack open a jar of pickles and make pickle lemonade!
All About the Dill Pickle Lemonade Recipe Ingredients
Most people don’t like to eat lemons plain because they’re extremely sour. However, lemons are a very popular ingredient for flavoring entrees, salads, and juices.
The sour flavor comes from vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. So, lemon juice is both tasty and good for you!
But you need to add sugar to be able to drink lemon juice. And, you can also add other fruit flavors.
Pickles are a delicious condiment that you can find around the world in different cuisines.
In fact, in the US, cucumbers are one of the most popular pickled vegetables.
To make cucumber pickles, you prepare a brine of water, salt, vinegar, and herbs and spices. For instance, one of the most common herbs to add is dill.
Many people eat pickles out of a jar and then throw away the brine. But pickle juice is tasty too!
I love making dill pickle lemonade by adding some of the pickle brine to a regular lemonade recipe. It’s my favorite sweet drink on a hot summer day!
People add sugar to many different foods and drinks because these crystals can work magic. They make food sweet, but they can also enrich the flavor, change the color and texture, and balance out sourness and bitterness.
In this recipe, sugar helps counteract the tart flavor of fresh lemons. But you need to be careful not to add too much, as you’ll ruin the balance of sweetness and sourness.
Therefore, I only use a relatively small amount of sugar so that the pickle lemonade still tastes tangy.
Dill Pickle Lemonade Recipe
- Prep Time10 min
- Cook Time3 min
- Total Time13 min
- Servings7 (1-cup serving)
- Yield7 cups
- Make the Sugar Syrup
First, make a simple syrup. In your saucepan, the sugar and 1 cup of water.
Put the pot on the stove over high heat. As the mixture warms up, stir the sugar occasionally so it all dissolves in the water.
Once the mixture reaches a boil and all the sugar has dissolved, turn the stove off and let the syrup cool while you proceed with the next step.
- Juice Lemons
Next, cut all the lemons in half. Then, use the lemon juicer and fill your measuring cup with juice.
Also, if any lemon seeds fall into the measuring cup, remove them before you add the lemon juice to the other ingredients.
In your pitcher, add the remaining water, the simple syrup, the lemon juice, and the pickle juice. Then, stir everything together.
Now, refrigerate the lemonade in the pitcher for an hour or two.
While you’re waiting, you can slice a few pickles to put on the rim of each glass.
- Garnish and Serve
For serving, fill each glass halfway with ice, and then fill it the rest of the way with pickle lemonade. Place a slice of pickle on the rim, and start sipping!
As a special presentation, you could use a large pickle jar and ladle instead of a pitcher. And you could serve the lemonade in small pickle jars!
What to Serve With Pickle Lemonade
Because of the salty taste in the lemonade, it pairs really well with other salty snacks. For instance, finger foods are a fun summer treat.
For example, try serving bowls of salted nuts and pretzels, cheese and crackers, or toast and hummus. As well, you can try your hand at a homemade pickle recipe to serve with your lemonade!
Lemonade pairs very well with spicy foods because it’s refreshing. That’s one of the reasons that restaurants often serve lemonade along with spicy foods such as burritos, tacos, or shawarma.
So, give your mouth a rest between bites with a sip of ice-cold lemonade.
Lemonade is a classic picnic drink, and this pickle lemonade is no different! I think it’s even better than your average lemonade for drinking with hot dogs and hamburgers, sandwiches and wraps, or salads.
You’ll end your picnic satisfied and happy.
How to Store Pickle Lemonade
To store your leftover lemonade, pour it into a glass jar or sealed container and store it in the refrigerator. That way, it will last for about 4 days.
However, the longer it sits, the less lemony zing it’ll have.
And if it’s been sitting for too long, don’t worry! It only takes a few minutes to whip up a fresh batch.