They’re Bringing Pickles Back

April 6, 2011 | 10:53 AM | Bars | By Staff

Sorry for the endless stream of food & drink posts this week. But hey, it’s not like its about to be swimsuit season or anything. Yesterday we linked back to a story on a hot new drinking trend called ‘pickle back.’ That is, a shot of Jameson or other Irish Whiskey chased with a shot of pickle juice. Seriously, the tartness of the pickle brine is actually the perfect palate cleanser following the burning sweetness of the booze. (FYI Midwesterners will recognize the name as a play off of the ‘beer back,’ or an ale chaser served with a shot of jägermeister or any other hideous-tasting liquor. Try one today at The Lodge in Scottsdale; it’s $6 and the beer is free.)

Originally popularized in, you guessed it, NYC hipster hangouts such as The Breslin and The Bushwick Country Club, we challenged our readers to tell us any place in the Valley serving up this pickled pucker. And, moral of the story, don’t ever doubt our readers’ booze brawn. Within minutes they’d pointed us to not one but two local watering holes where you can get pleasantly pickled.

Over at the recently-revamped Kitchen 56 in Arcadia, the Pickle Back is actually a trio (Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, a of Jameson shot and a pickle juice chaser). Even better, it’s only $5 during happy hour (Tuesday through Sunday, 3 – 6 pm) and $8 otherwise. Meanwhile, over in Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen Public House is ground zero for everything briney and boozy. Here, master mixologist, Richie Moe, serves up a traditional Pickle Back, but chased with a special house-made pickle juice specially crafted by chef Bernie Kantak.

Pork belly pastrami with Brussels sprout sauerkraut from Citizen Public House

In fact, Citizen offers house-pickled veggies as a side for all of its two-fisted sandwiches and burgers, as well as a standalone bar nibble. It’s all part of Citizen’s throwback menu of classic comfort foods and proudly old-fashioned cooking techniques. Besides, noshing on some veggies will make you feel a little healthier as you’re knocking back whiskey and scarfing down meaty delights such as Citizen’s signature pork belly pastrami sando.

Image via AZ Central




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