The Salty Dog is a classic cocktail, almost identical to the “Greyhound” (gin or vodka + grapefruit juice). The only thing that makes the Salty Dog different is the salt on the rim of the glass.

It’s believed that the actor George Jessel invented the new drink around the 1950s by adding salt to the rim of his Greyhound cocktail to dial down the grapefruit’s tartness. The new addition to the drink called for a new name, and so the Salty Dog was born.

When making this cocktail, you need to keep in mind a couple of things. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is way better than the bottled juice from the store. You get to choose between gin and vodka for this cocktail. And you don’t have to buy the most expensive bottle, just get the one you like. 😉

The cocktail is a brilliant choice at brunch and it can be whatever size you want.



  1. 2 Ounces (60 ml) of gin or vodka.
  2. Grapefruit juice.
  3. Salt rim, and a slice of grapefruit as garnish.



  1. Apply salt to the rim of the glass.
  2. Fill the glass with ice, add gin or vodka, and top with grapefruit juice.
  3. Throw in a grapefruit slice and enjoy.


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