I am an unashamed dog person.

After adopting a rescue mutt from a local shelter, I went from being the guy who merely tolerated other people’s pets, to the guy who turns off the tv if there is any hint of violence to animals. I nearly missed out on House of Cards because of the first few minutes of the first episode traumatized me. Because of this canine-love I was pleased to find this perfect not-so-sweet and salty cocktail to finish out the Salt Issue of The Insatiable Lens: The Salty Dog Cocktail

While using fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice will give you a fresher taste, it will also be a little more dry and sour (which I happen to like). The salt on the rim will open up the flavors though and it is really tasty. However, if you want something sweeter, try it with store-bought juice or add a spoonful of simple syrup.

The Salty Dog Cocktail

The best thing about this drink (which is similar to the non-salted Greyhound) is that you can design your version of this cocktail around your favorite fur baby. Replace the gin with vodka for a Salted Siberian Husky, or tequila for a Salted Chihuahua. And while you can use regular kosher salt to rim your glass, why not kick it up a notch with some flavored salts which you can make yourself. Simply stash some of your favorite dried herbs in a small container of salt for a few weeks until the salt takes on the flavor. 

My favorite combination of this cocktail includes gin, pink grapefruit juice, and rosemary salt.

Yum.

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This article was originally published in The Insatiable Lens Premier Issue