Salty Dog

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The Salt Dog is a drink consisting of Vodka, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, and a dash of Salt or a Salt-rimmed glass.


Origins of the Salty Dog

Created by George Jessel, who also invented the Bloody Mary.


American Bar" by Charles Schumann, 1995

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Grapefruit Juice

Shake over ice cubesin a shaker, strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with salt.

The New New York Bartender's Guide, by Sally Ann Berk, 1997

  • 4 parts vodka (2 oz)
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Coarse salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Lime wedge

Mix salt and sugar together in a saucer. Moisten rim of chilled old fashioned glass with lime wedge. Dip the rim into the salt/sugar mixture. Discard lime. Fill glass with ice cubes and pour in vodka and grapefruit juice. Stir.

Historical References

Time Magazine, 5th November, 1951

"In one corner, four tipsily serious coeds tried to revive a passed-out couple with more salty dog (a mixture of gin, grapefruit juice and salt)."

"Mansfield News Journal," 18th July 1952

"George [Jessel], was fortifying himself against Republicans with a strange potion out of a champagne glass. He let me have a taste, and after bystanders had turned the fire extinguishers on me and successfully resorted to resuscitation, he explained, that this drink was a Salty Dog."

"It is a little something of my own invention," he said, "Just half fresh grapefruit juice, half vodka and a dash of salt, and you think any Democrat can win."


  • "It's a salty dog. Drink it, you pussy!" - Rip Torn on "The Larry Sanders Show"

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