BooHoooo…the unofficial end of summer is upon us and I’m not quite ready to let go of fair weather cocktail hours on the deck.
So let me share with you one of my favorite drinks ~ The Salty Dog ~ and know that I love it year round, but particularly on summer evenings.
I’m a sucker for any cocktail that involves salt.
Of course there’s the traditional Margarita. And then there’s my Friday Martini of choice - the Dirty Martini, which gets it’s salt from the splash of green olive brine. A brunch favorite of ours is the Bloody Mary served in a glass rimmed with celery salt.
And oh do I love the Salty Dog. It’s nothing new. It’s a classic cocktail that’s been around a long time and contains 2 of my favorite things – Grapefruit Juice and a Salted Rim.
Oh…and typically Vodka. But not me.
I switch things up and substitute tequila in all kinds of libations. It works PERFECTLY in this case.
In doing a little research I found that the original version was made with gin. I haven’t tried that, nor do I see any good reason to deviate from my current method of preparation. I also discovered that if you leave out the salt, the drink is called a Greyhound. I’d never heard of a Greyhound until sitting on the beach this summer listening to Anthony Bourdain narrate his book – Kitchen Confidential – speaking of drinking these while cooking in restaurant kitchens. Why would one want to leave out the salt?
It’s such a quick and simple drink to throw together.
The Salty Dog for Two
Coarse kosher salt, Ice Cubes, 1/2 cup TEQUILA (or vodka or gin) & 3/4 cup white grapefruit juice
Pour the kosher salt into a saucer. Moisten the rims of two glasses with either water or a cut lime or lemon. Dip the rims into the salt. Fill glasses with ice. Add the tequila & grapefruit juice and stir.
That’s it people. Super quick. Super easy.
And here are a couple of tips for making it the best it can be:
Don’t try making this with ruby red grapefruit juice. It’s too cloyingly sweet and doesn’t work. If you’re feeling ambitious you could even squeeze your own fresh grapefruits for the juice. Be sure to use nice crunchy kosher salt for the rims (which contains 53% less sodium by volume than table salt…ie: it’s healthier!). Garnish with a slice of lime if you want, and lastly…
Double the Recipe.
So friends, do I need to modify the name of the drink to account for the switch to tequila? When you substitute tequila for vodka in a Blood Mary, it becomes the very tasty Bloody Maria. Should the Salty Dog become The Salty Chihuahua? Lame-ish. Help me people. Any other suggestions?
How about you – do you like salty cocktails? Do you know of others I haven’t mentioned?
Enjoy the last waning days of summer friends. I wish you could share one with me on this sunny September afternoon.