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.
Why you have to try this recipe
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!
It is a real refreshing drink with lots of flavor. A great change from a vodka or rum fruity cocktail.
Ingredients you need
- Gin: There are different flavors of gin to choose from. I chose to use London Dry Gin, which is not sweet.
- Strawberries: I used fresh sweet strawberries for this recipe, but you could also use frozen strawberries. Just be sure to thaw them out first.
- Limes juice You can use bottled or fresh lime juice.
- Coarse salt: As the iconic name suggest, this gin cocktail has salt along the rim. Like the margarita, choose a coarse salt. You can even use margarita salt or other flavored cocktail salts. I used simple kosher salt.
1. In a blender combine strawberries, gin and lime juice. Blend until smooth.
2. Moisten the rim of two highball glasses with lime or water. Dip glass rims into a small plate with salt. Fill glasses with ice and pour in cocktail.
Recipe tips and FAQs
You can absolutely customize your salty dog with other fruits. Add some raspberries or blackberries to your mix, or just use strawberries. You can also use orange or lemon juice instead of lime.
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.
Feel free to use a combination of fruits like strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. You can also use orange or lemon juice instead of lime.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1164mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
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