Super-Simple Salty Dog

This classic cocktail is as easy to make. It’s tart and salty and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. If you like your citrus cocktails a bit more on the sweet side, add a quick honey syrup, or if you like things spicy, you can even muddle a few slices of jalapeño in the bottom of your shaker first!


  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 wedge grapefruit for rim, plus 1/2 slice for garnish
  • 3 slices jalapeño pepper (optional)
  • 1 ½ ounces chilled vodka or gin
  • ½ cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey simple syrup (optional; see Tip)
  • Ice


Step 1

Spread salt on a small plate. Run grapefruit wedge around the rim of a tall glass, then roll the glass in the salt to thoroughly coat the rim. Fill the glass with ice.

Step 2

Place jalapeño slices (if using) in a cocktail shaker and muddle briefly. Add vodka (or gin), grapefruit juice and honey syrup, if desired. Fill the shaker three-fourths full of ice. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice, if desired.


Tip: To make a quick honey simple syrup, stir 1 tsp. hot water into 1 tsp. honey until the honey is dissolved; let cool.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 cocktail Per Serving: 176 calories; 0.2 g total fat; 2 mg sodium. 251 mg potassium; 19.8 g carbohydrates; 0.5 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 0.9 g protein; 852 IU vitamin a iu; 58 mg vitamin c; 16 mcg folate; 16 mg calcium; 18 mg magnesium; 6 g added sugar;


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