Cocktails & Spirits

Have You Ever Picklebacked?

On Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Rachel Maddow introduced him to a new discovery of hers -- the pickleback.

Maddow explained that the drink -- part whiskey, part pickle juice -- is a shot that cures what ails ya.

She's not crazy -- she's got a point!

As an ultra marathon runner and past running coach, stories circulated about how pickle juice is a great cure for muscle cramping. Nutty?

Vanderbilt University

published an entire study on the subject, naming many football coaches

that swear by pickle juice.The conclusion is that muscle cramping is

caused by an electrolyte deficiency, which is what results when you

sweat too much. The lack of salt in your body causes muscles to cramp

up. Drinking anything to replenish those electrolytes reduces cramping.

That includes Gatorade and pickle juice!

Since I've already tried

Gatorade and vodka and didn't think too highly of it, I'm heading out

for a pickleback. Served either as a mixed shot (one part of each), or

served separately (drink the whiskey, chase with a shot of pickle

juice), I'm going for it when I get back from running the Disney Marathon this weekend.

Want to try one after a run or workout? Tap 42

makes them. Prices vary, according to the whiskey you choose (the

pickle juice is on the house).  Here's Rachel Maddow and Jimmy Fallon

downing some, by the way:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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