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Salty Dog

Salty Dog

Salty Dog
2 ozs. vodka
½ oz. unsweetened grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt
Shake vodka, grapefruit juice and lemon juice well with ice. Strain into prechilled cocktail glass. Sprinkle drink with several generous dashes of salt.

For this recipe I used Luksusowa vodka.

I kind of expected this to taste awful. I guess that means I was pleasantly surprised, since it actually tasted like nothing. All the flavours cancel out, and what is left may as well be slightly bitter water. This would be a good drink for people who don’t like the taste of alcohol, I suppose, since that gets covered up quite well.

As near as I can tell this drink originated sometime in the 50s or 60s. It can be made with either gin or vodka, and usually the salt is put on the rim instead of right in the drink. It’s also usually a highball, with twice as much grapefruit juice as vodka instead of one quarter the amount.

Cocktail? More like cockfail!

Wait, no, that’s a terrible tag line.

This post is part of my project to make, and where possible improve upon, all the cocktails in “Playboy’s Host and Bar Book” from 1971.

Floridian

Floridian

Floridian
1 ½ ozs. dry vermouth
½ oz. Forbidden Fruit
1 teaspoon Falernum
2 ozs. grapefruit juice
2 dashes orange bitters
1 slice lime
Shake […] well with ice. Strain over large ice cube in prechilled old-fashioned glass. Garnish with lime slice.

For this recipe I used Noilly Prat dry vermouth, homemade Forbidden Fruit (current version is a pomello honey liqueur mixed equal parts with triple sec, but I’m still working on it), homemade Falernum (Kaiser Penguin’s recipe), and Bitter Truth orange bitters.

Very refreshing! Also pretty mild – I figure it comes in somewhere around 10% – so I can see it being pretty easy to toss these back all afternoon.

I haven’t seen this drink in any other book I’ve checked. It turns up a few places online. It’s possible this is a variation on the Floridita Margarita – replace the vermouth with tequila and there’s a certain resemblance.

This post is part of my project to make, and where possible improve upon, all the cocktails in “Playboy’s Host and Bar Book” from 1971.