Pickle fans, you have been #blessed this day.
The Washington, D.C.-based pickle company Gordy’s Pickle Jar has officially released Fine Brine, a filtered and canned pickle brine from their Hot Chili Spears. Described as a “[perfect] balance of salty, tangy, and sweet,” Gordy’s recommends using the “bright ingredient” as a cocktail mixer.
While founders Sarah Gordon and Sheila Fain actually released their Fine Brine two months ago, Gordon told Tasting Table that Gordy’s is “just starting to really roll out distribution.”
"It's a very natural extension of our existing product line, as we have always encouraged our customers to repurpose their leftover brine and to start thinking of pickle juice as an ingredient in its own right.”
While I am personally a fan of picklebacks (following a shot of whiskey with a shot of pickle juice), there are countless uses for pickle brine: try adding it to a pot of boiled potatoes to give them some extra zest; mix it in with a beef broth to pair with Korean-style cold noodles; or, sour up some of your favorite libations (think Bloody Marys) with a tablespoon of brine.
"It's literally a burst of acid and flavor all in one that brightens cocktails and dishes in a very subtle, balanced way,” Gordon told Tasting Table. “It rounds out cocktails and cooking recipes similar to how a pinch of salt does.”
The cans are currently available online in packs of four 12-ounce cans for $16.
For further inspiration, The Washington Post reports that each can comes with its own cocktail recipe developed by Adam Bernbach of 2 Birds 1 Stone.