The science of the brine

Pickle brine is a perfect companion to a strong bite of whiskey. The salty, sour sip plays off the savory depth of whiskey, creating a balance of flavors. Like a spoonful of sugar to medicine, pickle brine can help even the roughest whiskey go down. But it’s not just the taste that makes brine a great companion for alcohol.

Legend has it that Reggie was hungover at the creation of the pickleback. According to several scientific studies and verified by the ever-popular Dr. Oz, pickle juice is a highly effective hangover cure. The salt and vinegar of the brine replenishes your morning-after electrolytes and rehydrates the body. Even a small bit of the highly-concentrated pickle power can kick your headaches, body aches, and dizziness to the curb.

What does this science mean for pickleback lovers? Will taking swigs of this magical brine right after shots of whiskey prevent any next-day aches and pains? There is only one way to find out. Dare your friends to a couple pickleback rounds and let us know!


Has this spiked your interest in the more bizarre types of alcohol out there? If so, read our feature on The World's Weirdest Whiskies. For those after something a bit more down to earth, how about a guided tour and tastings at one of Scotland's oldest gems; Blair Athol Distillery?