This fresh and fruity cocktail is made with vodka or gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and a salt rim. Ideal for two or a crowd!
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.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
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.
- Rim the glass with salt
Carefully rub the rim of the glass around the plate to evenly rim the glass with salt.
- Prepare your cocktail
Fill your glass with ice and other cocktail ingredients and enjoy!
Frequently asked questions:
Any type works but I love using 100% real pink grapefruit juice. I find it to be a little less bitter and sweeter than non-pink grapefruit juice.
Both cocktails are made with gin or vodka and grapefruit juice. The only difference is that a salty dog is served in a salt rim glass.
Either one works – use whichever you prefer or have on hand.
Absolutely! I like to mix the grapefruit and vodka a day before I plan to entertain friends. I keep it in a pitcher in the refrigerator and use it as needed. Then, when my guests arrive, I salt each rim one by one. It’s a great way to break the ice as guests arrive and it gets them involved and excited about their drink!
Your straw is waiting.
Classic Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe
- 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 optional garnish
- Rim the glasses with salt by rubbing eat glass with a lime wedge. Place salt on a small plate then rub the glass around to coat the rim with salt. Fill each rimmed glass with ice.
- In a small pitcher or cocktail shaker, mix together vodka or gin with grapefruit juice. Pour between four glasses to serve.
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