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Pink Salty Dog is the perfect blend of sweet and sour. This cocktail is a refreshing combination of grapefruit juice and vodka with a salted rim. It is perfect for summer!

Pink Salty Dog

Pink Salty Dog

It’s 5 o’clock! Where’s your cocktail??

This easy cocktail has three simple ingredients.

  1. Vodka
  2. Grapefruit juice
  3. Salt

The key to this Pink Salty Dog is good grapefruit juice. A good quality grapefruit juice has a fresh-squeezed taste with notes of both sweet and sour. Go for organic if you can, they’re usually higher quality. Yes, even for a cocktail, quality matters.

Vodka Cranberry is another refreshing cocktail especially if you enjoy vodka.

Grapefruit salty dog Cocktail with ice in glass on gray stone background

I like to try different cocktail concoctions. The original Salty Dog uses gin instead of vodka and regular grapefruit juice instead of pink grapefruit. It is refreshing and light; the perfect Spring cocktail. Yes, please!

How to rim a glass

  1. Start with a shallow plate or bowl of water, lime juice, or lemon juice. Dip the rim of your glass into the liquid. Alternatively, you could cut a lime or lemon wedge and moisten the rim with it.
  2. Step two, you want to evenly dip the rim into the sugar, salt, or whatever you’re riming the glass with. I have used nonpareils and chocolate. You may want to use coconut or sprinkles, dependingly on what you’re serving. Get creative.
  3. Carefully craft your cocktail and pour it into your glass.

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Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on the products used.

I updated this post from an earlier version dated March 7, 2013. I made new photos and simplified the recipe instructions.

Pink Salty Dog

Pink Salty Dog

Deliciously easy cocktail!
Author: Paula
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 serving


  • ice
  • 3 ounces ruby red grapefruit
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • ½ teaspoon grenadine
  • salt for rim
  • Lime wedge, mint, thyme, or rosemary for garnish


  • Run a lime or grapefruit wedge around the edge of the glass and roll in salt.
  • Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Add grapefruit, vodka, and grenadine to the glass. Stir.
  • Garnish with lime if desired. Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 978IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 19mg
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  1. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

    1. This recipe was one of the first recipes I posted and literally was learning everything. I have gone back and updated some old posts, it’s a work in progress.

  2. Yum – love grapefruit juice and vodka 🙂 Pinning to try for my next girls' night. Visiting from SITS today.

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