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The Strawberry Lime Salty Dog Cocktail

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!

Two tall footed glasses filled with strawberry salty dog cocktail with lime wedges by FamilySpice.com

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!

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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.

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Strawberry Lime Salty Dog

Author:

Laura Bashar

A little sweet and sour gin cocktail and a bit of salt gives this classic a new twist. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 14 medium strawberries
  • 4 oz gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Directions:

  1. In a blender combine until smooth:
    • 14 medium strawberries
    • 4 oz gin
    • 1 oz lime juice
  2. Moisten the rim of two highball glasses with lime or water.
  3. Line a small plate with:
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
  4. Dip glass rims into the salt, fill glasses with ice and pour in cocktail. Serve immediately.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 2