The Salty Dog cocktail is an easy-going mix of either gin or vodka with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. These two ingredients are then shaken up and then served in an ice-filled, salt-rimmed cocktail glass. A similar drink of gin and grapefruit was popular in the 1930s and 40s and was known as a Greyhound.
While you can use some of the grapefruit juice to dip the rim of the cocktail glass into, so that the salt will stick, we like to use fragrant rhubarb bitters. A few dashes of rhubarb bitters in the glass too, along with a sprinkle of salt gives this wonderfully simple cocktail a little extra depth and something to think about well into your second glass. Cheers!
- 3 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (plus 1 oz extra for rimming the glass)
- 1.5 oz vodka
- grapefruit slices for garnish
- sea salt for cocktail glass rim (we use Maldon salt)
- Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters (optional)
- Fill one small plate or bowl with grapefruit juice and another plate with about 1 tbsp sea salt.
- Turn an empty cocktail glass upside down, and dip first into the juice, and then into the salt.
- Turn the glass back over, fill with ice and set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the grapefruit juice and vodka (and an optional 2 dashes of rhubarb bitters).
- Shake for 30 seconds, then strain into the cocktail glass.