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Salty Dog Cocktail

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Salty Dog Cocktail

The Salty Dog is a refreshing citrus cocktail that pairs grapefruit juice, gin, and a salted rim. It’s perfect for brunch or happy hour!

What’s in a Salty Dog?

The Salty Dog cocktail is believed to originate in the 1920’s. It’s similar to a Greyhound cocktail , which is essentially the same ingredients, without the salty rim! Here are the ingredients you need to make a Salty Dog 

  • Gin
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Salt for the rim
  • Simple syrup or maple syrup (optional)
  • Lime wedge (optional)
  1. Rim the glass with salt. It doesn’t just look cute! The salt enhances the overall flavor of the drink. How to make the perfect salt rim? See below.
  2. Shake in a cocktail shaker. Take that gin and grapefruit juice and shake it together in a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes. We like adding 1 dash simple syrup or maple syrup, which rounds out the flavor (otherwise it’s very tart).
  3. Strain into a glass and add ice. Strain the drink into the glass and add ice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and you’re done!

Tips for making a salt rim

For the salt rim on this Salty Dog, we used flaky sea salt. You can also use kosher salt if you have it, which has large grains. Just don’t use iodized salt: it’s much too salt-forward! Here are a few tips to making a salt rim:

  1. Spread the salt on a plate in an even layer.
  2. Take a lime wedge and cut a notch in the middle: then slide it around the rim of the glass. This moistens the glass rim without having to use your fingers.
  3. To rim the glass, the salt should be on the outside rim the glass only, not the inside where it can fall into the drink. To do this, tilt the glass and gently turn so the outside edge goes into the salt.
  4. Shake off any loose salt into the sink.


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