Salty Dog
Hendrick’s Gin Salty Dog cocktail

Salty Dog

Zesty Refreshing Savoury Vegetarian Easy

The Greyhound can be easily made, even in the blasting madness of a July sun, but it lacks a certain something. That certain something is the flavoursome contrast of a salty rim, once so configured you have the wickedly naughty Salty Dog. This classic gin cocktail should be taken for walks in the summer months (and in the other seasons). Woof!

Prep Time

3 Minutes










  • 50 ml Hendrick's Gin
  • 100 ml Pink Grapefruit
  • 15 ml Sugar Syrup
  • Top with Soda Water
  • Grapefruit wedge

How to make

  • Rim the glass with salt.
  • Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with cubed ice.
  • Lightly stir and serve.
  • Garnish with a thin wedge of pink grapefruit.
Top tips for a perfect serve


  • Grapefruit


  • Feasts & Dinner Parties
  • Moments of Exquisite Irrelevance
  • Garden Parties & Picnics
  • Aperitif
  • Summer Refreshments
Hendrick’s Gin Salty Dog cocktail served
Top Tip

To salt the rim of the glass simply add some salt to a plate, rim the glass with some citrus fruit and place the rim of the glass on the plate.

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Some questions
people often ask us

What is the difference between a Paloma and a Salty Dog?

A salty dog traditionally uses vodka as a base a Paloma uses tequila. This is really a twist on the Salty Dog.

What other cocktails have salt on the rim?

Lots including the Margarita and the Paloma

A brief story of

the Salty Dog

The Salty Dog cocktail is believed to date back to the 1950s as a variation of the Greyhound cocktail. To counteract the bitterness of the grapefruit bartender George Jessel added salt to the rim of this gin & grapefruit cocktail making it more palatable for a wider audience.

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