The Salty Dog drink is a simple spin off of the Greyhound cocktail, but with the addition of salt. It has long been a favorite of dieters and since it is easy to make and requires minimal ingredients is a great drink to make at home.
Salty Dog Drink
The salty dog cocktail is a three ingredient drink that is composed of grapefruit juice, vodka (or gin) and sea salt.
Diet Friendly Cocktail
Various studies have shown grapefruit as well as it's juice are beneficial additions to a weight loss plan. It is believed that the effect the juice has on insulin may be at the root of it's usefulness to dieters.
The alcohol used in a Salty Dog is either vodka or gin, both of which are the top liquor choices for those watching their calories.
Finally, the sea salt used can help maintain electrolytes in the body. This is important for those who work out as well as during the sweltering heat of dog days of summer. Think of a Salty Dog as the cocktail equivalent of a Gatorade. Not a fan of the salt, make a Greyhound Cocktail instead.
Pink Grapefruit Salty Dog
I my version of the Salty Dog, I use pink grapefruit juice and a slice of pink grapefruit to garnish the drink. Not being a big fan of gin, vodka is used (sometimes vanilla vodka).
The rim is coated with Himalayan Pink Salt. It maintains the pink theme and is my preferred salt in general.
While a highball glass is generally called for, I've found stemless wine glasses packed with lots of ice work great for this cocktail too.
Salty Dog Drink Recipe
- 1 ½ oz vodka (substitute gin if you prefer)
- 5 oz pink grapefruit juice
- sea salt (I prefer Himalayan Pink Sea Salt)
- Wet rim of glass with water or a fresh cut lime, then roll in sea salt to encrust.
- Fill glass with ice then pour alcohol over ice. Top with grapefruit juice.