A sweet and tangy twist on this gin classic, introducing the strawberry lime salty dog cocktail. Perfect for brunch or sitting pool side on a lazy day!
I am not a big drinker. Never really cared for the taste of alcohol. Not beer, not wine and not liqueur. Over time I have tasted many mixed drinks and found that I prefer fruity cocktails. But even then, I don’t drink a lot. Alcohol puts me to sleep and doesn’t make me drunk.
So many of my alcohol recipes are either catered to my limited personal taste or experiments that I roped my husband into. This recipe for a strawberry and lime salty dog falls into the ‘my kind of cocktail’ category.
What is a salty dog?
A salty dog cocktail is a classic gin drink. You can also make it with vodka. It is typically made with grapefruit juice and gin and served in a glass with a salted rim. Salted rim?
I was excited to see a non-margarita drink using salt. The salted rim helps cut the bitterness from the grapefruit juice. If you do not want salt on the rim, then the cocktail is called a Greyhound.
And since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, I decided to modify the classic Salty Dog into one that is red or pinkish. Think of this as a strawberry margarita made with gin and not tequila. It’s a drink not a sailor who has spent most of his/her life at sea!
Best salt for salty dog
This cocktail has salt around the rim, like a margarita. The best kind of salt to use for either drinks is kosher salt. It’s big, flaky and not as salt as regular salt. Just run a lime around the rim of the glass and press it into a plate filled with kosher salt.
- 14 medium strawberries
- 4 oz gin
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- In a blender combine strawberries, gin and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
- Moisten the rim of two highball glasses with lime or water.
- Line a small plate with salt.
- Dip glass rims into the salt.
- Fill glasses with ice and pour in cocktail.
- Serve immediately.