The Salty Dog cocktail is closely related to the Greyhound, with the only difference being the salty rim that pulls the various ingredients together. Making use of only two main ingredients, this drink is very simple to make and can be created with either vodka or gin. The fresh grapefruit juice lends it the pastel color and delicious fruity taste.
History of the Salty Dog
The Greyhound first appears in the “Savoy Cook Book” by Harry Craddock, a 1930 classic, and traditionally includes just gin, grapefruit juice, and ice. In recent years, many people have started substituting vodka for the gin, which is a trend that can be seen with other drinks such as the Martini or the Gimlet as well. Either way works well and you can choose whatever you have at hand.
The salty version of this cocktail is commonly attributed to George Jessel, who is said to have created it in the 1950s. The reason why it tastes so good is that it mitigates the grapefruit’s bitter taste and pulls the other ingredients together to create a flavorful and unique drink.
It’s important to choose high-quality liquor because there are only two liquids involved in creating this cocktail. Whether you opt for a gin or a vodka, make sure that your liquor is of sufficient quality to hold its own, as its taste will be front and center. Similarly, it’s best to use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice to maintain the original fruity flavor of the cocktail. As an added bonus, this is also the healthier option.
When deciding on which salt to use, go for a coarse variety to get the best results. This type of salt will easily stick to the rim and make your cocktail look perfect. Many people also opt to include a grapefruit slice as garnish.
Salty Dog Cocktail
- 1 1/2 Ounce Gin or Vodka
- 3 Ounces Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- Coarse salt for the rim
- 1 Grapefruit slice as garnish
- 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
No matter what kind of event you’re hosting, you can’t go wrong with this exciting twist on the Greyhound. Although it is very easy to make, the gorgeous pastel color and fresh taste of the grapefruit juice, contrasted with the salty rim, will ensure that it’s a cocktail to remember.