Pickle Me This: New Barbaro Cocktail Pairs Pickle Juice with a Dill-infused Scandinavian Spirit


  • Fabian Villa
The cocktail menu at upscale pizza spot Barbaro is getting a dose of salty and sour thanks to Pickle Me This, a drink made with Linie Aquavit and pickle juice. That’s it — just two ingredients.

The beverage is part of a menu being revamped in segments, with new cocktails sliding in as inspiration strikes bar manager Steven Santillian.

In the case of Pickle Me This, the inspiration was to “highlight the prized spirit of Norway in a interesting way, like a dirty martini,” Santillian explains. To that end, he swapped pickle juice for the olive brine traditionally found in a dirty martini.

Aquavit, a classic spirit from Scandinavia, has been around for centuries. Distilled from potatoes and grains, its flavor comes from an infusion similar to gin. The neutral base is spiked with herbs and spices — in this case, primarily caraway and dill.

Linie Aquavit leans more toward dill flavor than caraway, making it an easy pairing with the pickle juice. But that’s not the only flavor in play.

The Linie in this Aquavit’s name means “line” — appropriate since it’s carried across the equator (a line, get it?) in sherry casks before being sold. Each bottle includes a bit of history, in that the name of its ship and voyage date are printed on the label.

The drink, like other Barbaro cocktails, runs $10. However, it’s available for $5 during happy hour, which runs 3-6 p.m., Wednesday through Monday, and all day Tuesday.
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