The old fashioned cocktail called a Salty Dog is easy to make. I remember making salty dogs for customers back in the day when I was a bartender.  The saltiness of the rim mixed with the sweetness and tang of the grapefruit juice just makes it a totally delightful drink.  Here is the recipe for a classic Salty Dog, as well as a recipe using our Grapefruit Cardamom Shrub Syrup.

Classic Salty Dog Cocktail
Classic Salty Dog Cocktail

Basic Recipe for Salty Dog Cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz vodka or gin
  • 3 oz. grapefruit juice
  • small plate of kosher salt for rimming the glass


  1. Use a lemon or lime to wet the rim of a highball glass. Then dip the rim in the bowlful of salt.
  2. Add the vodka (or gin) and grapefruit juice to a shaker.  Stir, don’t shake.  Pour over ice in the highball glass.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit slice.

Salty Dog Craft Cocktail using Grapefruit Cardamom Shrub Syrup

Salty Dog with Grapefruit Cardamom Syrup
Salty Dog with Grapefruit Cardamom 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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