salty dog

January 23rd, 2014

This is one of those cocktails that I’m totally bummed I didn’t try earlier. It’s so simple—grapefruit juice, gin, and salt for the rim—and so totally delicious!

I’d never been a huge grapefruit fan, my memories of it being simply bitter and sour, but lately that’s changed. Now I enjoy the way that bitter flavor perks up my tastebuds. A friend mentioned this drink a while ago and as soon as I began craving grapefruit, I figured it was high time to give it a try. I mean, I’m a sucker for a salted rim (hello margaritas!), so that didn’t hurt my interest in whipping one up. It was love at first sip—juicy, refreshing, and totally delightful. It’s the perfect drink to mix things up at brunch or simply as a evening drink. Go ahead and give it a chance, I think you’re going to love it as much as I do.

Salty Dog

makes 1 cocktail
4 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (almost 2 grapefruits)
2 ounces gin1 Tbsp salt, for the rim
1. Place the salt on a rimmed plate. Gently rub the rim of a collins glass on the grapefruit (it can already be squeezed, you’re just looking for a little liquid to help the salt stick), then dip the rim in the salt. Set glass aside.2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the grapefruit juice and gin. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

3. Fill your salt-rimmed glass with ice, then strain the cocktail into the glass. Enjoy!

Comments: 11 Total

  1. Katrina @ WVS

    January 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I love trying new, simple, cocktails! This looks awesome!

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    January 24, 2014 at 3:01 am
  3. Jen

    January 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Oh, this is a (yummy) classic! A good way to bring a little sunshine to the winter, too.

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    January 27, 2014 at 12:15 pm
  5. Dana

    January 30, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Mmmm, these are definitely a cocktail well known to my liquor cabinet.

    I also tend to be a little bit iffy with grapefruit, but something about the juice with the salt makes it all better for me.

    I’ve always made these guys with vodka. Part of me wonders if that is because I’m not a huge fan of gin (I know, I know) and changed it from the traditional myself or if I just came across it as a vodka iteration. Cocktail research is such fun research!

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  7. Erin

    February 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I too have always made these with vodka. I like to fancy up the rim a little with a smoked sea salt and turbinado sugar mix. Probably my favorite cocktail!

  8. Carlinne @ Cook with 2 Chicks

    February 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    My instinct would be vodka, too. I’m definitely going to try gin, though just to mix it up. I feel like the strong, distinct flavor of gin, grapefruit and salt will make a perfect cocktail. Cheers!

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    February 27, 2014 at 12:43 am

    MMm…. I’m loving the grapefruit in this cocktail :)

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