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Salty Dog made with Grapefruit Shrub Syrup

Salty Dog made with Grapefruit Shrub Syrup

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. 

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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 in highball glass

Salty Dog Cocktail

dorothy stainbrook
A refreshing Summer cocktail that is soooo simple to make
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 134 kcal



  • 1 1/2 oz vodka or gin
  • 3 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 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.


If you want the recipe using the Grapefruit Cardamom syrup, scroll down below this recipe card for the full recipe


Calories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 978IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cocktail recipes, craft cocktails, salty dog, shrub syrups
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Salty Dog using Grapefruit Cardamom Shrub Syrup



  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.


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