Classic Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

This contemporary and fruity cocktail is made with vodka or gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and a salt rim. Ideal for 2 or a crowd!

salty dog cocktail in a glass


As you recognize, I’m at all times entertaining and internet hosting events for family and friends. One of my favourite facets of taking part in hostess is creating fast, straightforward and crowd-pleasing cocktails that may be blended collectively upfront.

Recently I created a salty canine cocktail which is made with just some easy components: gin or vodka. grapefruit juice and a salted rim glass. If you’re keen on margaritas with salt, you’ll love this citrusy cocktail recipe.

How Do You Rim a Glass with Salt?

It’s tremendous straightforward! Step 1: pour a bit of coarse sea salt on to a small plate and rub a lime wedge across the rim of every glass.

Next, fastidiously rub the rim of the glass across the plate to evenly rim the glass with salt. As you’ve in all probability found out by now, you could do that step earlier than you begin filling the glass with ice and different cocktail components.

This technique is identical whether or not you’re rubbing the rim with salt, sugar or a mix of each!

What Type of Grapefruit Juice is Used in a Salty Dog?

Any kind works however I really like utilizing 100% actual pink grapefruit juice. I discover it to be rather less bitter and sweeter than non-pink grapefruit juice.

What’s the Difference Between a Salty Dog and a Greyhound Cocktail?

Both cocktails are made with gin or vodka and grapefruit juice. The solely distinction is salty canine is served in a salt rim glass.

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Should I Use Gin or Vodka?

Either one works – use whichever you favor or have readily available.

Can I Prepare This Cocktail Ahead of Time?

Absolutely! I like to combine the grapefruit and vodka a day earlier than I plan to entertain buddies. I hold it in a pitcher within the fridge and use it as wanted. Then, when my friends arrive, I salt every rim one after the other. It’s a good way to interrupt the ice as friends arrive and it will get them concerned and enthusiastic about their drink!

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Classic Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

This contemporary and fruity vodka cocktail is made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and a salt rim. Ideal for 2 or a crowd!


Course: Cocktail, Drink

Keyword: salty canine, vodka cocktails

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: four

Calories: 140kcal



  • 2 lime wedges for rimming the glasses
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 6 ounces vodka or gin
  • 12 ounces grapefruit juice pink
  • lime or grapefruit slices non-compulsory garnish


  • Rim the glasses with salt by rubbing eat glass with a lime wedge. Place salt on a small plate then rub the glass round to coat the rim with salt. Fill every rimmed glass with ice.

  • In a small pitcher or cocktail shaker, combine collectively vodka or gin with grapefruit juice. Pour between 4 glasses to serve.

Chef’s Notes:

To cut back sodium rely cut back salt.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving: 1glass | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3491mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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Guest submit by Liz DellaCroce

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