Salty Dog Cocktail

Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe Convert Greyhound To Salty Dog 

Grapefruit juice is a relatively common ingredient in cocktails, with the perennial favorite being the Greyhound, but the Paloma is better. Unlike a Screwdriver, the Greyhound isn’t nearly as sweet and even has a pleasant bitterness that is imparted by the grapefruit juice.

There are people who do not enjoy the bitterness of grapefruit juice, so those people tend to avoid the whole category of drinks using grapefruits, but all is not lost. There are things you can do to reduce the bitter flavor, such as adding salt. If you do this to a Greyhound, it becomes the Salty Dog.

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What Is The Point of a Salt Rim On salty dog cocktail?

Well, salt actually reduces the perceived bitterness of the grapefruit juice, which seems to make it more tolerable to some people. The “salting” of a drink is also done by some people who don’t like the bitterness of the beer. It is done with great effect on the Margarita.

As to how this technique came about, I’m not sure, but it does work. When I was a kid I couldn’t stand grapefruit juice unless it was drenched in sugar. But as I aged, the flavor became more appealing, especially when you add gin! Most people make them with vodka, but to really make this drink taste good, use gin.

I use Plymouth gin. As for the salt, I’m don’t use a lot of salt in my daily life, so I tend not to use it in cocktails. But, understanding how salt can make a drink less bitter is a great way to help people through their bitter phobia.

Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

A salty version of the vodka and grapefruit based Greyhound cocktail. Just add a salt rim and you have a Salty Dog.


  • 1½ oz Gin (or Vodka)
  • 3 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • Salt for the rim


  1. Moisten the rim of a highball glass and rim with salt
  2. Add ice to the glass
  3. Add vodka and grapefruit juice
  4. garnish with a cherry
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Grapefruit Salty Dog Cocktail With Ice In Glass On Grey Stone Background

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