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A simple, refreshing, fruity and salty alcoholic drink. Enjoy this wonderful summer cocktail anytime of the year.

15 people made this

IngredientsServes: 1

  • 3 tablespoons dry gin
  • 150ml grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

MethodPrep:5min ›Ready in:5min

  1. In a highball glass over ice, combine gin, grapefruit juice and salt. Stir well.

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Reviews in English (11)

by PatsyK

OK, I know what I made was not "salty"....but it was good. Using the recipe here, I skipped the salt, and added in 3/4 oz triple sec. Smooths out the grapefruit bitterness, and is very refreshing.-10 Jul 2009

Classic Salty Dog Cocktail

As you know, I am always entertaining and hosting parties for friends and family. One of my favorite aspects of playing hostess is creating quick, easy and crowd-pleasing cocktails that can be mixed together in advance.

Recently I created a salty dog cocktail which is made with just a few simple ingredients: gin or vodka. grapefruit juice and a salted rim glass. If you love margaritas with salt, you will love this citrusy cocktail recipe.

How to rim a glass with salt sugar or a combination of both.

    Grab a plate

Pour a little coarse sea salt on to a small plate and rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass.

Carefully rub the rim of the glass around the plate to evenly rim the glass with salt.

Fill your glass with ice and other cocktail ingredients and enjoy!


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.

  • For the Thyme Simple Syrup:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rim
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice from 1 grapefruit
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2 ounce Thyme Simple Syrup
  • Lime wheels or thyme sprigs for garnish

For the Thyme Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, add thyme, and allow to steep 15 minutes. Strain into airtight container. Thyme Simple Syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

For the Cocktail: Pour salt on a small saucer. Run lime wedge around the outer rim of a Collins glass and roll glass in salt to coat outside rim. Set aside.

Combine grapefruit juice, vodka, lime juice, and thyme syrup in cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Fill salt-rimmed Collins glass with fresh ice and strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with thyme or lime if desired.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Gin. As I mentioned above, because this cocktail only has two liquid ingredients, you’ll taste everything pretty plainly! There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles to mask the taste of a subpar gin. So I recommend a mid-range London dry, which would mix well with the grapefruit juice.

Grapefruit Juice. As with any cocktail, I always recommend freshly squeezed fruit juices when using them for a mixer. The fresh juice elevates a cocktail, and you just can’t replicate that taste with a pre-packaged, sweetened juice.

Coarse Salt. Coarse salt works well for rimming your glasses, just as it would for a Margarita.

Salty Dog

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Vodka is the traditional spirit for this bright, briny cooler, but as Chad Phillips, the bartender at Miami’s Social Club showed us, gin adds a wonderful, aromatic dimension. This recipe first appeared in our March 2014 issue with the story Winter’s Brightest Jewel.

Salty Dog

Salty Dog Cocktail

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1 x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Poured
  • Cuisine: American


The Salty Dog is a refreshing combination of grapefruit juice and gin with a salted rim. Perfect for summer, even if you can&rsquot get at the beach!


  • Coarse salt
  • Ice cubes
  • 4 ounces gin
  • 6 ounces fresh grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed and strained is best)
  • Grapefruit wedges, to garnish


  1. Chill two highball glasses and pour salt on a small plate or bowl.
  2. Moisten the rims of the two chilled glasses (with grapefruit juice or water) and gently dip rims into salt to coat.
  3. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour 2 ounces gin into each glass, and top each with 3 ounces grapefruit juice. Garnish with small grapefruit wedge and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Can also be stirred, or prepared shaken over ice &ndash I prefer the pour over method simply because it looks prettier.

Keywords: salty dog cocktail, the salty dog, gin cocktail, grapefruit cocktail

What is the difference between a greyhound and a skinny salty dog?

A salty dog is a cocktail of gin or vodka, and grapefruit juice served in a highball glass with a salted rim. The salt is the only difference between a salty dog and a greyhound. Vodka may be used as a substitute for gin nevertheless, it is historically a gin drink.

How many calories are in a salty dog?

Skinny and Seasoned Salty Dog is sweet and spicy, clocking in well under 100 calories

How many vodka shots does it take to get drunk?

As far as men are concerned, they’ll start feeling intoxicated after their 3 rd shot and after they’ve downed 8-9 shots, they’ll be seeing the stars. One shot of 40% ABV vodka (80 proof) is equivalent to 30ml or 1 ounce of the spirit.

Is a jigger equal to a shot?

The drinking vessels known as “shot” glasses often range in size from 1 to 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 ounces. It equals 1 fluid ounce. And, finally, a “jigger” equals 1 1/2 fluid ounces. But the term jigger is also used to refer to the double-barreled measuring vessel itself, which, like a shot glass, can vary in size

Can 2 shots of vodka get you drunk?

For an alcoholic, two shots of vodka won’t make them drunk. Maybe a bit tipsy but not too tipsy. Two shots of vodka may make you awake and energetic.

What is the difference between a highball and a cocktail?

The main difference between Cocktail and Highball is that the Cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink and Highball is a family of mixed drinks. A highball is typically served over ice in a large straight-sided highball glass or Collins glass

The salty dog cocktail is a three ingredient drink that is composed of grapefruit juice, vodka (or gin) and sea salt.

Diet Friendly Cocktail

Various studies have shown grapefruit as well as it’s juice are beneficial additions to a weight loss plan. It is believed that the effect the juice has on insulin may be at the root of it’s usefulness to dieters.

The alcohol used in a Salty Dog is either vodka or gin, both of which are the top liquor choices for those watching their calories.

Finally, the sea salt used can help maintain electrolytes in the body. This is important for those who work out as well as during the sweltering heat of dog days of summer. Think of a Salty Dog as the cocktail equivalent of a Gatorade. Not a fan of the salt, make a Greyhound Cocktail instead.

Cocktail Recipe for making a Salty Dog Gin at Home

A wonderfully named cocktail that evokes images of a bright, refreshing day at the beach, the Salty Dog is a classic summertime drink that is both delicious and invigorating. A rejuvenating blend of gin (which gives the drink its alcoholic kick) and grapefruit juice (which lends a bittersweet citrus flavour to the cocktail), with a salt-crusted rim for added flavour, the drink is served in tall cocktail glasses for maximum visual impact.

Preparation Time: 2 to 5 minutes
Serving Size:
Serves 1 person
Tall cocktail glass, saucer, long-handled spoon or stirring rod

– 2 oz gin
– 4 oz grapefruit juice
– Salt (preferably kosher) in a saucer
– 1 medium-sized lemon
– Ice cubes or crushed ice

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Wet the rim of the tall cocktail glass

Start with a fresh lemon and cut it into two equal halves – then, proceed to cut these into wedges. Reserve one wedge for garnishing the drink later on, and use another wedge to wet the rim of your cocktail glass. Hold it by the rind, and rub it against the rim, until it is completely wet. This wet rim will help the salt crust stick.

Coat the rim of the glass

Next, spread an even layer of kosher salt in your saucer. Then, flip the cocktail glass over and dip its rim in the saucer filled with salt. Rotate the glass gently, allowing it to collect more salt, so that it is entirely coated and crusted with it.

Once the cocktail glass has been coated, flip it so that it is the right side up, and fill it 3/4 of the way with ice cubes, or crushed ice. In addition to cooling the drink, these will add a fair amount of visual appeal, as they clink about in the tall cocktail glass.

Pour in gin and grapefruit juice

Now, once the glass is ready, start preparing the drink. Top the ice cubes with 2 oz of gin and 4 oz of chilled grapefruit juice.

Once all the ingredients have been added to the glass, grab a stirring rod, and stir the drink until all the ingredients are mixed and the cocktail is completely blended.

Garnish your refreshing salty dog

Finally, garnish your drink with the lemon wedge you reserved earlier – since the rim of the glass is crusted with salt, you might want to just float the lemon wedge on top of the drink. Your refreshing Salty Dog is now ready – serve chilled.

Watch the video: Salty Dog Vodka Cocktail. Joe McCanta


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