Cocktail Pickles

This all-purpose brine yields lip-smacking pickles that are salty, tangy, and just slightly sweet.

  • Yield: Makes 2 cups
Cocktail Pickles

Photography: Raymond Hom

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2011


  • 2 cups vegetables (peeled pearl onions, small radishes, or sugar snap peas)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pickling spices (
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar


  1. Place vegetables in a jar just large enough to hold them when packed. Bring 1 cup water, salt, sugar, pickling spices, and peppercorns to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar. Pour over vegetables to submerge. Seal jar; refrigerate radishes and peas overnight, onions for at least 3 days.


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