As we all know, it's the bartender that really makes the difference when you order a drink. No two bartenders pour the same drink, they have their own personal style and we wouldn't ask for their secrets. Here at Tip Your Bartender we try to give you an accurate recipe for the drinks we sample but recipe’s do vary from bar and bartender.

Salty Dog recipe


1 1/2 oz vodka

grapefruit juice

Build in a salt rimmed highball glass and fill with grapefruit juice and vodka over ice.

The Salty Dog

This classic cocktail is beloved by many as a staple drink at any bar. The bitterness of the grapefruit is a prominent distinguished taste that deceives the vodka or gin. (I’m not fond of gin and prefer vodka.) It’s basically a Greyhound with some salt. Some recipes suggest that the salt be added to the beverage instead of a salt rimmed glass. (The TYB mixologist chose to salt the rim and used vodka.) Although the salt adds that distinctive flavor and special touch to the Salty Dog, I don’t believe it’s necessary. The tangy citrus flavor is pleasant all alone. A simple vodka Greyhound is just fine with me, and doesn’t add to my cholesterol.

In conclusion, I think the Salty Dog will always be a classic. Wether you’re on a boat in the raging sea or if you’re stranded in a dive bar in the middle of nowhere, the Salty Dog will always be welcomed. Roll over and have a Salty Dog, or go fetch a healthy Greyhound the next time you’re at the pub.

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