Yes, you read that right.  Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles ~ alcoholic pickles!  Beautiful little Persian cucumbers basically pickled in a giant G&T.  Gin, (I like Hendrick’s) tonic water, lime, and some juniper berries make a perfectly good pickling solution.  What?  You don’t believe me?  Give it a try!

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I can’t pass by small  cucumbers without the overwhelming urge to take them home.  They’re like a basket of puppies on the sidewalk,  I just can’t ignore them.  And once I got them home I knew I had to do the right thing and pickle them.  But I’ve already posted a basic REFRIGERATOR PICKLE, so I figured I’d do something a little different this time.

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You’ll need to pick up some Juniper Berries for this recipe.  You can find them at better grocery stores, or online.  Fyi they are not berries at all, they are actually miniscule cones, from the juniper tree.  They have a sort of piney, citrusy, sharp flavor, and while we don’t use them much in the States, they’re used as a spice in Europe.  Most of us know them as the main flavor in gin.

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My husband and I taste tested these over the course of a week, and we got quite fond of them!  I envision them alongside grilled burgers, hot dogs, or sandwiches, with or without an accompanying cocktail.

Gin & Tonic Refrigerator Pickles


  • 5-7 small Persian or pickling cucumbers
  • 1 Tbsp of juniper berries
  • 3/4 cup gin
  • 3/4 cup tonic water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp Roses lime juice


  1. Wash and trim the stem tips from the cucumbers. Slice them in half lengthwise, and then in half again. Trim them to the length of your jar. You want the spears to fit in the jar and eventually be completely submerged in liquid when you are finished.
  2. Mix the gin, tonic water, fresh lime juice and the Rose's.
  3. Lightly crush the juniper berries to release their flavor. Fit the pickle spears into a clean glass jar. Fill the jar but don't pack them in super tightly.
  4. Add the juniper berries, and then the liquid mixture. Top off with more tonic water if the spears aren't completely submerged.
  5. Cap the jar tightly and refrigerate. Let the pickles 'pickle' for 2 days before eating.
  6. The pickles will keep for at least a month in the fridge.

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25 Responses to Gin and Tonic Refrigerator Pickles

  1. Asra says:

    This looks really yummy.
    But what is juniper berries, where do I get them, and do we eat those too, or just for flavor?

    • Sue says:

      You can find juniper berries in the spice aisle of large supermarkets, Asra, or you can always get them on Amazon. They are the berries of the juniper tree, and are used for flavor. They’re also used in making gin, which is why I used them in the pickling liquid.

  2. Emily says:

    How creative! These look so yummy and refreshing! Perfect for summer. We love pickling things too, that we created a TV around it! Check it out at

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  5. jayne jeannin says:

    hi i cant get baby cucumber like yours could it be made with large cucumber thinly sliced instead . thanks

    • Sue says:

      Pickles are usually made with a different kind of cucumber, Jayne. You can use a regular cucumber, but it will have more seeds, more water, and a tougher skin. If you can find English, or seedless, cucumbers, the kind shrink-wrapped in plastic, that would be better.

  6. Oh these look amazing Sue! I am sorry to be so far behind in my reading and commenting. I had a tremendously busy week and I see you have too! So many recipes to read about. Thanks for your faithful commenting and friendship. I bet it is hard to wait two days before eating these! What a very interesting and beautiful recipe. Cool, crisp with a lovely little wang! Happy Mother’s Day sweet lady!

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  8. Lauren says:

    Looks delicious. I might try with black peppercorns instead of juniper berries for a spicy hint. Thank you for sharing!

  9. What an incredibly cool idea. I see them alongside some bbq burgers this summer. Love the pictures too!

  10. My goodness what an idea! Sounds marvellous – love pickles, love G&T what could be better.

  11. Catherine says:

    Wow!! I do love pickles and these look and sound delicious! Blessings dear. Catherine

  12. OMG! Now I can drink my pickles. Genius, Sue. Really genius.

  13. Monique says:

    When I read Gin and Tonic..I thought of my dad..

    Growing up I remember he liked those..

    I love the look of juniper berries..

    Not sure if my little second comment ever got recorded your Sara Lee almos..but NOT cake..:)

    Here I told the boys it was called a slice of heaven..
    My dughter cracked me up..I sent them home with some and when they had them that night..both looked at Caroline and said a slice of heaven..?
    She siad it was like hearing my voice in the kitchen..
    It’s a great easy fast and delicious cake..I need a true 7x 11 pan..:)
    On my Amazon wish list.. too much kitchen shopping lately..will wait a bit..
    But thanks fr that delish recipe.

  14. Mary says:

    I absolutely believe you! what a great idea:)

  15. Phyllis says:

    Not a fan of gin, do you think vodka would work?

  16. Sue says:

    I was glad to have a use for them, I keep a pretty well stocked spice cabinet, but never needed them before!

  17. cheri says:

    These look really look delicious! The juniper berries are a great touch.

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