Rosemary Salty Dog Cocktail

Well, it has been quite a week! Since turning in my edited galley pages for my cookbook, I’ve been busy testing out new recipes for both Brooklyn Galley and Appetite for China. And celebrating the end of a long project usually means a cocktail somewhere in the mix.

I’ve been trying out this Rosemary Salty Dog cocktail for the last couple of day. If you’ve never had a Salty Dog, it’s basically a drink with grapefruit juice and vodka or gin in a glass with a salted rim. It was likely concocted in the early 1950s by the same man who came up with the Bloody Mary.

This cocktail just screams summer to me, possibly because of the icy grapefruit flavor, or possibly because “salty dog” word association brings up nice thoughts of saltwater, beaches, and playing with dogs. My brain works in mysterious ways.

I also love the addition of rosemary in this recipe. Happy summer sipping!


Rosemary Salty Dog Cocktail

Makes 1 drink

  • 2 1/2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, plus 1 sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  1. Wet the outer rim of a martini glass with 1/2 ounce of the grapefruit juice. Lightly coat the rim with salt.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle 2 sprigs of the rosemary with the sugar. Add the remaining 2 ounces of grapefruit juice, the gin, and ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass. Garnish with the remaining sprig of rosemary and serve.

adapted from Food & Wine


More summery gin cocktails to try:

  • Grapefruit Negroni from Joylicious
  • Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic from The Kitchn
  • Orange Ginger Fizz from Cocktail Remedy

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2 Responses to Rosemary Salty Dog Cocktail

  1. Lynda June 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    Beautiful photograph!

  2. Jessica June 26, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    This looks great. I was looking for a nice grapefruit-flavored cocktail for a party this weekend and found yours. And rosemary, yum!


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