Salty Dog Cocktail

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Have you ever had a Salty Dog? Not to be confused with the one that jumps in the ocean (ha), this summertime sipper is made with grapefruit juice, vodka, and yes, salt. It's a zingy little drink that's pretty to boot!

Photography Credit:Nancy Mitchell

A Salty Dog is the perfect hot-weather drink: bright, citrusy, and fresh, with a little verve from the salt—basically, perfect for patio sipping. It’s like a grown-up screwdriver!


If you’ve never had a Salty Dog, the ingredients might sound a little strange. Vodka, grapefruit, and salt? Really, that’s a thing? It is!

It’s so simple and unexpectedly delicious that it may become your summer go-to.


Leave out the salt rim and you have a Greyhound, an equally nice cocktail.

I like the salt rim of the Salty Dog (the etymology here is fairly obvious) for two reasons:

  1. It looks fancy
  2. Salt adds dimension to a drink, just as it does to a dish.

Use a salt with a large, rough grain (like kosher salt) for the best results.


You’ll notice this drink doesn’t call for specific amounts of vodka and grapefruit juice. Instead, you’re instructed to fill the glass with ice, and then roughly halfway with vodka. This makes for an easy recipe (nothing to measure!), but it also means the size of your glass is especially important.

A glass around 8 to 10 ounces is good. Anything more, and you’ll probably run out of grapefruit juice, or end up drinking a truly massive amount of vodka.


I like Tito’s, but any nice mid-range vodka will do. Since you’re mixing with grapefruit juice, there’s no need to go super-premium.


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Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe


  • Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (use a sweeter, prettier variety, like pink or red grapefruit)
  • Vodka
  • Salt for rimming (kosher salt or ground sea salt is best)


1 Salt the rim: Pour salt in a shallow dish. Cut a notch into a slice of grapefruit, then run the notch around the rim of the glass. Gently press the glass in the dish to rim it with salt.

2 Add the ice and vodka to the glass: Add ice to the salted glass, then fill the glass one-third to one-half full with vodka. (How much vodka depends on how strong of a drink you'd like—I don't recommend any less than a third, unless you want your drink to be very grapefruit-forward and sour.)

3 Add the grapefruit juice: Fill the glass the rest of the way with the fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

4 Stir: Give it a little stir, and enjoy!

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Step 1

Pour coarse salt onto small plate. Moisten rims of 2 highball glasses. Gently dip rims into salt to coat lightly. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour 1/4 cup vodka over ice in each glass. Divide grapefruit juice between glasses and serve.

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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.

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!

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4. The Old Fashioned

If you’re a suit-wearing, office-dwelling, decanter-loving man, chances are you’re a fan of the 60s-based drama Mad Men. The fictional high-profile Madison Avenue characters in that show sure love their drink, especially Don Draper, the lead character.

His cocktail of choice is the Old Fashioned , which went from a relatively unknown to a cocktail superstar thanks to the hit show. The drink has several variations, but the OG version used rye whiskey, bourbon, or Irish whiskey. Later on, it included brandy and citrus, and cherry to enhance its appearance and flavor.

How to Make a Salty Dog Cocktail Drink

Do you like your cocktails on the sweet, sour or salty side? I prefer mine sweet, but my husband enjoys the salty and sour varieties. The Salty Dog is easy-to-make and is one of his favorite drinks, especially during the summertime. If you like vodka (or gin) I think you’ll like this one too.

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You can find a ton of easy-to-make cocktail recipes on the TwoClassyChics blog, other websites, and over on YouTube. Today I’m sharing with you the recipe on how to make a Salty Dog. It’s one of the easiest cocktails to make. If you’re not a fan of vodka you can substitute with 1 1/2 oz. of your favorite gin.

Salty Dog Cocktail Drink Recipe

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
3 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1 cup Ice Cubes
Fresh Lime Wedge

Rim your glass with salt. Pour vodka into the glass first and then your grapefruit juice. Added ice cubes (about a cup). Use a straw to stir. Let it sit for a minute or two to get cold. Add a lime wedge to the rim. Serve immediately.

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What Ingredients Do I Need To Make A Salty Dolphin (Salty Dog)?

The Alcohol

The Salty Dolphin can be made with either Vodka or Gin. We think Gin makes for a more interesting flavor but use whichever you prefer.

The Gin: Florida makes some delicious gins, so use your favorite local gin for this recipe.

One of our favorites is the silky smooth New World Gin from St. Augustine Distillery. This gin is super mellow and doesn’t have a particularly big hit of juniper that you get with some gins.

Another great option is Magic City Gin from Big Cypress Distillery. This gem of a gin has plenty of the usual juniper and citrus notes, but also brings in a note of vanilla-marzipan that plays nicely with the grapefruit.

Finally, another good option is Old St. Pete Tropical Gin from St. Petersburg Distillery which goes heavy on the citrus which doubles down on the grapefruit flavor in this cocktail.

Recommended Florida Gin:

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The Vodka: If Vodka is your spirit of choice then go with one of the below fantastic local vodkas.

Recommended Florida Vodka:

The Mixers

Fresh Grapefruit Juice: Florida grows half of the country’s grapefruits, so fresh Florida grapefruit should be easy to find at the store. For this recipe you need to use freshly squeezed juice, store bought will be sweetened which will make the drink too sweet. You can squeeze it with your hands, but this won’t yield as much juice. It’s also very messy! We’d recommend buying a juicer. We use a simple hand juicer that is inexpensive and gets the job done. It also works well for oranges.

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The Sweetener: Use our homemade grapefruit simple syrup to add some more complex grapefruit notes to this Salty Dog variation. Grapefruit simple syrup goes particularly well in vodka, gin and tequila drinks. You can also use plain simple syrup if that’s what you have to hand. Either way you won’t need much, it’s just to add a touch of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the grapefruit and savory-ness of the salted rim.

The Salt: The salted rim is what sets this drink apart from the Greyhound cocktail and makes it a Salty Dog (or dolphin in this case). The Salt compliments the tartness of the grapefruit and gives the drink that moreish wow factor. Any time you use salt in cocktails like this one (or a margarita) be sure to use good quality salt. Our favorite is a great local company called Florida Pure that sell 100% natural hand-harvested Florida sea salt. They also produce a ton of interesting flavored salts, so you can play around with some interesting flavor combinations.

Recommended Salt:

  • For the traditionalist:Pure Sea Salt- Florida Pure
  • For those that like it spicy:Habanero Sea Salt- Florida Pure
  • For an interesting Instagram photo:Black Sea Salt- Florida Pure

Note: They also have some great options for Margaritas such as Lime, Black Pepper and Chipotle. (If you are looking for something for the rim of your Bloody Mary then look no further than their delicious Maple Bacon Infused Salt.)

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.

Should it be stirred or shaken?

I don&rsquot stir mine because I like the color gradient I get just by pouring the ingredients over each other. But if you wanted to, you could definitely give it a stir.

Or if you wanted to, you could also shake the gin and grapefruit together with ice in a cocktail shaker.


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.

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