Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

Salty, tart, citrus-y with a bit of gin to smooth it all down. This Salty Dog cocktail recipe truly packs a punch in flavor!

You Salty, Salty Dog.

Okay, not you, per se. But today’s curious cocktail consists of a very salty boi… our favorite doggo cocktail is the Salty Dog! It’s not only fun to make this cocktail, then slam it on the counter, proclaiming, “Salty Dog!”, it’s also fun to sip. Think: the eye-opening combo of salty, tart and citrus flavors to awaken your tastebuds and get you sauced, in a classy, pink grapefruit-tinged drink! You ready?

pouring gin from a measuring jigger into a glass showing how to make a salty dog drink

What’s in a Salty Dog Drink?

With such a saucy name, you can probably guess what’s in a Salty Dog drink is pretty… salty. But there’s more to it than that! Tart grapefruit juice and aromatic rosemary pairs really well with the citrusy and herbal notes in gin, while coarse salt gives you that spike of mouth-puckering delight in this cocktail. [1] [2]

  • Gin
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Coarse salt
  • Rosemary
hand pouring Salty Dog Cocktail mixture over rocks in glass

What is a Salty Dog Drink?

A Salty Dog drink is a Greyhound Cocktail with salt. [3] Yep, it’s as simple as that. So let’s start with what it takes to make a Greyhound. Add gin and grapefruit juice to a rocks glass filled with ice, then stir and enjoy. Adding in one more step—the coarse salt—is what turns that Greyhound into a Salty Dog. Check out the details below. 

hand dropping rosemary garnish into a glass filled with salty dog cocktail

How to Make a Salty Dog Cocktail

Since you already know how to make a basic Greyhound, it’s not too far of a jump to learn how to make a Salty Dog cocktail. Follow the steps below for the best Salty Dog cocktail recipe:

First, rim the edge of a rocks or whiskey glass with coarse salt. I like a medium coarse salt to add just the right amount of savory flavor with a show-stopping beauty to the cocktail. Run a grapefruit slice along the edge of the glass, then dip the edge into a plate filled with coarse salt. Continue until the rim is covered.

Fill the glass with ice and add gin. Now, top it off with grapefruit juice nearly to the top of the glass. Stir to mix.

Drop in a sprig of rosemary. Sip and enjoy the best Salty Dog cocktail recipe!

closeup shot of finished salty dog drink recipe in a rocks glass with fresh grapefruit slices and rosemary

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Who Let the Salty Dogs Out?

We did, baby. We did! Okay, maybe today’s Salty Dog is making me a little salty… but in a friendly-sassy, not off-putting like biting right into a grapefruit no one asked for kind of way.

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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The Salty Dog Drink is a tart and citrusy gin and grapefruit cocktail garnished with a coarse sea salt rim. This Salty Dog cocktail recipe truly packs a punch in flavor!



For Rimming the Glass:

  • 1 grapefruit slice
  • Coarse salt

Salty Dog

  • 2 oz gin
  • fill to top with grapefruit juice


  • rosemary garnish


  1. Take a slice of grapefruit and run the juicy side along the rim of a rocks or whiskey glass. Fill a small, flat plate with coarse salt. Holding the glass upside down, dip the rim into the salt and twist clockwise, coating the rim in salt. You may have to hold the glass at an angle to fully coat it.
  2. Place glass upright. Fill with ice. Use a measuring jigger to measure gin. Pour gin over the ice.
  3. Pour grapefruit juice over the gin, filling the glass nearly to the top. Using a stirring spoon, give it a few stirs to mix the juice and gin.
  4. Drop a sprig of rosemary into the glass. Sip and enjoy.


You may replace the gin with vodka.

Adapted from my Greyhound cocktail recipe.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Drinks, Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

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