7/26 New Things Challenge: Drink a Pickleback

The other day I had my first Pickleback at swanky cocktail bar Lily Black’s , in Melbourne’s CBD, 12 Meyers Pl.

Now you may be wondering what a Pickleback actually is. For an accurate description I copied down two definitions which I sourced on the very reputable and accurate website urbandictionary.com.

Now guess which one is the one I tried…



LilyBlack’s had an impressive selection of different pickleback combinations you could try. I went for the ‘BEET IT’: Curzon Rum + Rosemary and Ginger Beetroot.

pickleback shots


Verdict: Although hating hard liquor shots (give me a jagerbomb anyday), I actually much preferred the shot of rum rather than the sharp, tangy, vinegar beetroot juice that followed afterwords stinging the back of my throat. Some people liken a pickleback to eating a burger, which I find somewhat offensive to good quality burgers.

Was it worth a try? Definitely, I’m keen to try another combo. Plus a nice easy one to put on my list.


Published by emmytravels

Writer, journalist and digital marketer. I said 'So Long!' to London this year, went travelling to S.E Asia, New Zealand and ended up staying in Melbourne, Australia.

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