STRAIGHT UP – SALTY DOG

salty dog w/ Hendricks

salty dog w/ Hendricks

Or…a really good cocktail with the grossest name ever

I am horrible at ordering drinks at bars. Put me in a restaurant and give me an incredibly complex menu of artisan cocktails, a five page wine list with an entire section dedicated to the Loire Valley, or volumes of craft beers on tap and I can easily pinpoint my drink of choice in under thirty seconds.  Put me in a crowded bar on a Saturday night and my mind goes completely blank and I stare at the bartender like a deer in headlights before panicking and stuttering through a truly terrible order like orange juice and rum or Bacardi Razz and Sprite (RIP college years).

Over the years, I’ve tried to standardize my go-to bar order and finally settled on Jack Daniels and ginger ale (I know, classssssyyy). Despite the fact that ordering a Jack and Ginger makes me feel way cooler than I really am, it’s kind of a heavy drink for summer (and whiskey doesn’t have the most charming effect on my personality). One of my favorite mixed drinks during the warmer months is the Greyhound because it only involves two ingredients – gin or vodka and grapefruit juice – but mostly because it reminds me of the beach and makes me feel like a 70-year old man on a golf course in Kennebunkport.

In an effort to elevate the standard Greyhound, I decided to make a Salty Dog (which is basically a Greyhound with a salted rim). With fresh squeezed grapefruit juice from my Breville juicer and the addition of Hendricks’ gin and rosemary, this cocktail was the perfect herbal, citrusy introduction to summer and allowed me to mentally transport myself to a sailboat off of Hyannis even though I was really just listening to my neighbors yell at each other through the walls of my Philadelphia apartment.

Salty Dog

2 oz. gin (I used Hendricks for the heavy juniper taste. You can also use vodka)

4 oz. freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice

Salt for rim of glass

Rosemary sprig for garnish (if using Hendricks) or Lemon/lime for garnish (if using other gin)

Rim Collins glass with salt and fill with ice. Pour all ingredients into glass and stir well. Garnish. Sit back, sip and feel like Ted Kennedy (minus the whole Chappaquiddick thing).

 

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