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Vodka Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe

Feb 24, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The Vodka Salty Dog cocktail is a very refreshing mixed drink that introduces just a twist or two to the classic recipe for a Greyhound cocktail, which is mixed with Vodka and Grapefruit. Once you learn the recipe for one of these drinks, you’re sure to remember both of them with ease. This simple and humble cocktail has an easy and memorable recipe, and is ordered pretty frequently the world over, ensuring that you can probably order one of these at just about any pub or bar you go to. It is also very easy to mix by yourself at home, and its simple ingredients are easily found.

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This vodka-based chiller is more on the modest side when it comes to drinks. It doesn’t have a bright, flashy colour, it needn’t be served in a fancy cocktail glass, and it needs no elaborate garnishes for the pizzazz. For most, the standard recipe with the 3 basic ingredients also suffices, and the usual twist to this martini is swapping up the Vodka of the Greyhound for Gin which adds an intriguing aromatic dimension to the Salty Dog, even though Vodka is the traditional spirit for this drink.

The Vodka Salty Dog cocktail is cooling in nature, and a refreshing drink to have on summer days and balmy nights. It has an edge of unique acridity due to the hinting notes of all three flavours, blended with the overall tart and somehow slightly savoury flavours, which is what compels most people to have the drink again and again.

Here is a recipe for this unique cocktail.


  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 60 ml Fresh White/Yellow Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt


  1. Rim a chilled Collins glass by wetting in some Grapefruit juice and turning upside down over the salt.
  2. Fill the glass with ice
  3. Add the two liquid ingredients and stir well
  4. Garnish with lime wedge before serving


  • Collins glass
  • Ice
  • Bar spoon
  • Lime wedge for garnish



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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