Salty Dog Cocktail

Have you ever had a Salty Dog? Not to be confused with the one that jumps in the ocean (ha), this summertime sipper is made with grapefruit juice, vodka, and yes, salt. It's a zingy little drink that's pretty to boot!

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail


  • Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice (use a sweeter, prettier variety, like pink or red grapefruit)
  • Vodka
  • Salt for rimming (kosher salt or ground sea salt is best)


1 Salt the rim: Pour salt in a shallow dish. Cut a notch into a slice of grapefruit, then run the notch around the rim of the glass. Gently press the glass in the dish to rim it with salt.

2 Add the ice and vodka to the glass: Add ice to the salted glass, then fill the glass one-third to one-half full with vodka. (How much vodka depends on how strong of a drink you'd like—I don't recommend any less than a third, unless you want your drink to be very grapefruit-forward and sour.)

3 Add the grapefruit juice: Fill the glass the rest of the way with the fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

4 Stir: Give it a little stir, and enjoy!