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Salty Dog

salty dog cocktail with vodka or gin and grapefruit juice

A classic cocktail that has stood the test of time, the Salty Dog will do both functions as a thirst quencher and a fashion statement. Even though I’ve created my share of cocktails in my time as a bartender, the Salty Dog is always a customer favorite. Whether you’re enjoying a cool summer day or a warm evening, this drink will quench your thirst with its ideal combination of simplicity and flavor.

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Tasting Notes

Vodka or gin, with their velvety smoothness, goes wonderfully with the salty and sour flavors of the Salty Dog. A refreshing and energizing choice, the spicy kick comes from the grapefruit juice. The salted rim creates a remarkable contrast with the drink’s flavors, enhancing each sip to an incredible experience.

Equipment and Glassware

The Salty Dog is a classic drink that requires a minimal set of equipment and glassware. You’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces of Gin or Vodka
  • 3 Ounces Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Coarse salt for the rim
  • 1 Grapefruit slice as garnish

Instructions

  1. Wet the rim of your glass, then dip it into the salt
  2. Add ice to the glass, then the vodka, and finally the grapefruit juice
  3. Don’t shake, but gently stir
  4. Add the grapefruit slice as garnish and serve to your guests
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Pro Tips

To bring forth the full flavor, use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. The zesty newness is irresistible. If you want your vodka drink to be silky smooth, use a high-quality brand. Add a twist or a grapefruit slice as a garnish for a special touch.

When to Serve

Any time of day calls for a Salty Dog—whether it’s a summer BBQ, breakfast, or just a cold one after a long day on the job. No matter the time of day, its refreshing and energizing flavor will be a hit.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

Grey Goose and Tito’s are two examples of vodka brands necessary for the creation of smooth cocktails. Gins like Bombay Sapphire and Hendrick’s, which have a lovely botanical note, pair wonderfully with grapefruit juice.

Similar Cocktails

  • Greyhound: The Salty Dog’s cousin, sans the salted rim.
  • Sea Breeze: Vodka, cranberry, and grapefruit juice for a fruity twist.
  • Paloma: A tequila-based delight with grapefruit soda.
  • Gimlet: Simple and elegant, with gin and lime juice.
  • Tom Collins: A refreshing gin classic with lemon and soda.

History

The Salty Dog originated from the Greyhound around the turn of the twentieth century. A later addition—the salted rim—turned the original drink into the modern classic that is the Salty Dog. It exemplifies how a tweak can transform a beverage into something completely different.

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salty dog cocktail with vodka or gin and grapefruit juice

Salty Dog

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gin, Grapefruit Juice, Salty Dog, Vodka
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Try the Salty Dog, a grapefruit-gin cocktail with a salty rim that will quench your thirst. It's great for warm days or a fancy night out.

Instructions

  • Wet the rim of your glass, then dip it into the salt
  • Add ice to the glass, then the vodka, and finally the grapefruit juice
  • Don’t shake, but gently stir
  • Add the grapefruit slice as garnish and serve to your guests

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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