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Salty Dog Cocktail with Drink Syrups

Salty Dog Cocktail with Drink Syrups
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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 infused simple syrup. Refreshing porch cocktail on a Spring day (like Earth Day or Mother’s Day)!

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Drink Syrups for Cocktails

Classic Salty Dog Cocktail
Classic Salty Dog Cocktail

Using Drink Syrups in Cocktails

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.

Or try this homemade sour mix using fresh citrus juices to customize your drink syrup, whether you like grapefruit or prefer just lemon and lime juices.

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

Mixology with Drink Syrups

Both the tangy shrub syrups and the sweeter simple syrups have their place in beverages. It is really just a matter of taste.  

Fruit shrub syrups are essentially simple syrups with infused fruit and added vinegar. They can add a depth and complexity that you might not get with a simple syrup and they are, of course, less sweet.  

Mixology is the art of making cocktails with unique flavors and additions and is actually similar to baking.  The core ingredients are always there in varying ratios and then you can get creative with flavor enhancement around this core.

Details around making your own shrub syrups or simple syrups can be found in this tutorial on mixology.

Recipe for a Salty Dog Cocktail

Salty Dog Cocktail

Salty Dog Cocktail in highball glass
A refreshing citrus based cocktail (or mocktail). Make the classic with plain grapefruit juice, or use a citrus infused drink syrup to customize the flavor.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 134



  • small plate of kosher salt for rimming the glass
  • 1 ½ oz vodka or gin
  • 3 oz. grapefruit juice see notes for enhancment with syrups
  • 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.
    small plate of kosher salt for rimming the glass
  • Add the vodka (or gin) and grapefruit juice to a shaker. Stir, don't shake. Pour over ice in the highball glass.
    1 1/2 oz vodka or gin, 3 oz. grapefruit juice
  • Top off with some sparkling water (optional). Garnish with a grapefruit slice.
    2 oz sparkling water


Infusing drink syrups can be done as a simple syrup or a shrub syrup and here are some details on how to make your own drink syrups.
Infusions that would work well with a salty dog:


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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