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Salty Dog: Classic or with Grapefruit Cardamom Shrub Syrup

Salty Dog: Classic or with Grapefruit Cardamom Shrub Syrup
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The old fashioned cocktail called a Salty Dog is simple to make.   The saltiness of the rim mixed with the sweetness and tang of the grapefruit juice just makes it a totally delightful drink.  To enhance this drink even further add a dash of Cinnamon Vanilla syrup. Refreshing porch cocktail on a Spring day (like Earth Day or Mother’s Day)!

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Classic Salty Dog Cocktail
Classic Salty Dog Cocktail

Using Shrub Syrups in Cocktails

Salty Dog with Grapefruit Cardamom Syrup
Salty Dog with Grapefruit Cardamom Syrup

The recipe below is for a classic salty dog cocktail. To make it even easier (and tastier in my opinion) you can use a shrub syrup or simple syrup made with fresh grapefruit. This Grapefruit Cardamom Shrub Syrup. is from our sister site (HeathGlen) and is my favorite for grapefruit cocktails.

Salty Dog Cocktail

Salty Dog Cocktail in highball glass
A refreshing citrus based cocktail (or mocktail). Make the classic with plain grapefruit juice, use a grapefruit cardamom syrup to enhance the flavor, or sweeten it up a bit with Cinnamon Vanilla syrup.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 1
Calories 134



  • 1 ½ oz vodka or gin
  • 3 oz. grapefruit juice see notes for enhancment with syrups
  • small plate of kosher salt for rimming the glass
  • 2 oz sparkling water Optional


  • Use a lemon or lime wedge to wet the rim of a highball glass. Then dip the rim in the plate of salt.
  • Add the vodka (or gin) and grapefruit juice to a shaker. Stir, don't shake. Pour over ice in the highball glass.
  • Top off with some sparkling water (optional). Garnish with a grapefruit slice.


For Salty Dog using the Grapefruit Cardamom syrup:
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 oz vodka or gin
  • 2 oz Grapefruit Cardamom Shrub Syrup
  • dash of citrus bitters
  • small plate of kosher salt for rimming the glass
  1. Pour coarse salt onto small plate. Moisten rim of a highball glass using a lemon or lime wedge. Gently dip rims into salt to coat lightly.
  2. Fill highball glass with ice cubes.
  3. In a shaker add vodka or gin, the Grapefruit Cardamom Shrub Syrup and a dash of bitters.  Stir, don’t shake.
  4. Strain into the highball glass and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.


Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 978IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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