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3 Ingredients for Your Perfect Salty Dog Summertime Cocktail

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Let’s set the scene. (Enter stage left, a summer-dressed individual with a Salty Dog cocktail in their hands) Narrator reads:

Ah, the warmth of the sun caressing our skin, the vibrant hues of nature dancing before our eyes, and the sweet melodies of laughter filling the air—summer is truly a time for enchantment and revelry. As the world awakens under the golden rays of dawn, a canvas of endless possibilities unfolds, inviting us to embark on a journey of fun and adventure.

From frolicking at the beach, savoring icy treats that melt with every blissful lick, to indulging in exhilarating water fights and picnics in the park, a fun-filled summer day holds promises of joyous memories waiting to be made. So, let’s dust off our sun hats, slip into our flip-flops, and let the sun-kissed hours guide us through a day brimming with delight and laughter. Join me as we delve into the essence of a perfect summer day, where time slows down, and the world becomes our playground of excitement and mirth.

Now, you’re ready for a cocktail, huh? Keep on reading to find out how to make a salty dog cocktail! A simple and sweet cocktail!

salty dog cocktail

Where did the Salty Dog come from?

The Salty Dog cocktail is a classic drink that originated in the United States, specifically during the mid-20th century. It is believed to have emerged as a variation of the Greyhound cocktail, which is a simple mixture of grapefruit juice and vodka.

The exact origin of the Salty Dog is unclear, but it is thought to have gained popularity in the 1950s or 1960s. The cocktail’s name likely refers to the addition of salt to the rim of the glass, which gives it a slightly salty taste and adds a visual element to the presentation.

The Salty Dog cocktail typically consists of vodka or gin mixed with grapefruit juice and served over ice in a highball glass. The rim of the glass is often coated with salt, similar to a Margarita. Some variations may also include a garnish of a grapefruit slice or a sprig of rosemary.

Over the years, the Salty Dog has remained a popular choice for those who enjoy a refreshing and tangy cocktail. It has become a staple in many bars and is often featured in cocktail books and menus.

You’re a Salty Dog!

The Salty Dog cocktail is a delightful and refreshing drink that combines the tangy taste of grapefruit juice with the subtle brininess of salt. It is a variation of the classic Greyhound cocktail, which traditionally mixes grapefruit juice with vodka. The addition of salt to the rim of the glass adds a unique twist and enhances the overall flavor experience.

To make a Salty Dog cocktail, you will need a few simple ingredients: vodka or gin, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, and salt. The drink is typically served over ice in a highball or Collins glass.

To prepare the cocktail, begin by rimming the glass with salt. You can achieve this by moistening the rim with a grapefruit slice or by dipping it in water and then into a small plate of salt. This step adds a touch of savory saltiness to each sip. We rimmed it down the side of the glass so that not every single sip has salt!

Next, fill the glass with ice cubes. Pour in approximately two ounces (60 ml) of vodka or gin, depending on your preference. The choice of spirit will influence the overall character of the cocktail, with vodka providing a cleaner taste and gin adding a hint of botanical complexity.

Finally, top off the glass with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. The amount of juice will vary depending on your taste and the size of the glass, but aim for around four to six ounces (120-180 ml). You can adjust the proportions to achieve your desired level of sweetness and tartness. You can also just use bottled grapefruit juice- it’ll be just as good! Promise!

Give the cocktail a gentle stir to ensure all the flavors are combined. We did a spritz of lime juice on the top of the cocktail to just add another layer of flavor. We didn’t want the lime juice to overpower, so that’s why we just needed a tiny little spritz.

Finally, we used smoke to add another layer of flavor to the cocktail! We smoked it with grapefruit smoke dust to add more grapefruit flavor to the profile!

The Salty Dog cocktail offers a perfect balance of tangy citrus and salty undertones, making it an ideal drink for hot summer days or anytime you crave a zesty and revitalizing beverage. So, grab a Salty Dog, sit back, and savor the harmonious marriage of flavors that will transport you to a seaside paradise with every sip.

What if I don’t like grapefruit??

While the classic Salty Dog cocktail traditionally uses grapefruit as its main fruit component, you can certainly experiment with different fruits to create unique variations of this refreshing drink. By substituting grapefruit juice with other citrus fruits or even non-citrus options, you can explore new flavor profiles and add your personal touch to the cocktail. Here are a few alternative fruit options you can consider:

  1. Salty Dog with Lime: Swap out the grapefruit juice for freshly squeezed lime juice. This variation will result in a zesty and tangy twist on the original, providing a vibrant burst of citrus flavors.
  2. Salty Dog with Pineapple: Replace grapefruit juice with pineapple juice for a tropical spin on the classic. The sweetness and tropical notes of pineapple will complement the salted rim and create a delightful balance of flavors.
  3. Salty Dog with Watermelon: Blend fresh watermelon and strain the juice to use as a substitute for grapefruit juice. The natural sweetness and refreshing qualities of watermelon will make for a wonderfully summery and hydrating version of the Salty Dog.
  4. Salty Dog with Cranberry: If you prefer a slightly tart and tangy variation, consider using cranberry juice instead of grapefruit juice. This substitution will result in a vibrant ruby-colored cocktail with a delightful balance of sweetness and tartness.

Remember to adjust the amount of salt and other ingredients to suit the flavor profile of your chosen fruit. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different fruits to discover your own unique twist on the classic Salty Dog cocktail. Cheers to exploring new flavors!

Show me the Recipe!!

Smoked Salty Dog

A perfect summertime cocktail!
Prep Time5 minutes
Keyword: grapefruit, lime, Vodka
Servings: 1


  • 1 Cocktail Shaker
  • 1 Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker
  • 1 Butane Torch


Cocktail Ingredients

  • 3 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 1 spritz lime juice

Garnish & Smoke

  • salted rim
  • 1 pinch Grapefruit smoke dust



  • Combine all ingredietns in a cocktail shaker with ice.
    3 oz Grapefruit Juice, 1.5 oz Vodka
  • Meanwhile, rim a glass with salt! Use your lime wedge to wet the area of the glass that you want salted. Don't sue table salt! Use a coarse salt.

Garnish and Smoke

  • Place smoker on top, smoke, and remove smoker. Add a spritz of lime juice and enjoy!

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