Salty Dog – A Beautiful Mess

If you love simple cocktails, you have to try the Salty Dog cocktail. Combine gin or vodka with grapefruit juice and serve in an ice filled glass with a salted rim. This classic cocktail is a variation of the Greyhound and the salt is the element that gives this recipe its own unique personality.

I saw a “cool girl” order this drink once, so it will forever be a cool drink to me. This is an excellent drink to serve at parties and makes a great pitcher cocktail as well.

Related: Tequila Sunrise, Screwdriver Drink, Paloma Cocktail, Rum Runner, Cuba Libre.

Ingredients

  • Gin or Vodka – Choose a quality spirit. The flavor will come through with only two ingredients, so choose a great spirit.
  • Grapefruit Juice – Freshly squeezed for the best flavor. 
  • Coarse Salt – For a salted rim. I use this margarita salt.
  • Grapefruit Wedge – As garnish.

My recipe shows a double old fashioned glass. A highball glass is also a great choice for serving. 

Instructions

Use water, lime juice or honey to wet the outer rim of your glass. Dip in coarse salt, creating a salt rim. Ensure that there is no salt on the inside of the rim. 

Fill the glass with ice. Pour in vodka, then grapefruit juice. Stir to mix. 

Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

How to Make a Pitcher

Turn this recipe into a pitcher drink by combining 6 cups grapefruit juice with 1 and 1/4 cups vodka or gin. If you want to add ice to your pitcher, do so just before serving. Be sure to encourage salted rim glasses when serving.

Tips for Making

  • For added citrus, add some grapefruit zest to the salt before creating your salt-rimmed glass. 
  • Omit the salted rim to make a Greyhound cocktail. 
  • Other garnish ideas: a grapefruit twist, fresh herbs, maraschino cherries.

Variations

  • Sparkling Salty Dog – Top off your drink with club soda for a fizzy finish.
  • Rosemary Salty Dog – Use a bit of rosemary simple syrup and some rosemary salt for the rim.
  • Types of Grapefruit – There are many variations of grapefruit available that create different flavors and drastically different flavors for your drink. I used red grapefruit here. Try pink grapefruit, white, pomelo or melogold.

Serving Suggestions

Recipes that pair well with a classic Salty Dog cocktail.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is in a Salty Dog cocktail?

A Salty Dog cocktail is vodka or gin mixed with grapefruit juice served with a salted rim.

Do I need a cocktail shaker?

You do not need a cocktail shaker for this easy recipe.


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Prep 2 minutes

Instructions

  • Use water, lime juice or honey to wet the outer rim of your glass. Dip in coarse salt, creating a salt rim. Ensure that there is no salt on the inside of the rim. 

  • Fill the glass with ice. Pour in vodka, then grapefruit juice. Stir to mix. 

  • Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

Notes

  • For added citrus, add some grapefruit zest to the salt before creating your salt-rimmed glass. 
  • Omit the salted rim to make a Greyhound cocktail. 
  • Other garnish ideas: a grapefruit twist, fresh herbs, maraschino cherries.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Salty Dog

Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

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