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Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

A Salty Dog cocktail is essentially a Greyhound Cocktail with the addition of salt around the rim. Although simple, this cocktail is the perfect balance of vibrant, contrasting flavors, and it looks pretty cool too! Here’s how I like to make a Salty Dog cocktail.

Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by BeverageBeaver
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Difficulty: Easy


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A Salty Dog Cocktail consists of vodka, grapefruit juice, and coarse salt.


  • 2 oz Vodka

  • Grapefruit Juice (to top up)

  • Coarse/Kosher Salt

  • Grapefruit Wedge


  • Run a grapefruit wedge around the rim of a rock glass.
  • Turn the glass upside down and press it into a plate of coarse/kosher salt, ensuring the rim is evenly covered in salt.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Pour 2 oz vodka over the ice.
  • Top up with grapefruit juice.
  • Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and serve.

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Why This Cocktail Is Called A Salty Dog

A Salty Dog without salt is called a Greyhound, and this is where the name Salty Dog comes from. A Greyhound is a type of dog, and so when you add salt to a Greyhound Cocktail you get a Salty Dog.

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