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Grapefruit Salty Dog with Fizz #FoodieExtravaganza

grapefruit salty dog with fizzI know it’s mid-week and you probably aren’t thinking about tossing back any cocktails yet…or maybe you are! But I want to get you geared up for your weekend with this yummy cocktail! This is my favorite adult beverage- I am not sure if it’s the grapefruit or the salt or the fizz, but since I already love gin & tonics and I love grapefruit juice, this just makes my cocktail-day!

My sister in law was obsessed this past winter with grapefruit and vodka as her go-to drink. While I love that too, Vodka is just not my guy- if you love this drink, it is actually called a “Greyhound”- hence, when you switch it up and add salt and switch to gin, it’s a “Salty Dog.” Get it?

Isn’t that easy to remember? Now you have two fun drinks using grapefruit juice!

Here’s the formula:

I like to make it in a ratio of 1-part gin to 2-parts juice and a splash of seltzer if I am making them by the glass- but honestly…I make these by the pitcher for parties so I need to adapt it a bit so my guests aren’t dropping like flies on a barstool! Since I don’t want that, I change the ratio to more of a 1:3 ratio and add more seltzer since fizz is the best for party-cocktails, don’t you think?

Start with grapefuit juice and a salted rim:

grapefruit salty dog with fizz

Add the fizz and Gin:

Grapefruit Salty Dog Cocktail with Fizz

For 2 cocktails of Salty Dogs:

3 ounces of gin
6 ounces of grapefruit juice (fresh is best, but carton is okay)
grapefruit or another citrus flavored seltzer
kosher salt

To rim a glass in salt, wipe the edge with a grapefruit slice or water and then put top-down onto a plate with kosher salt sprinkled in it. Roll the glass until totally salty on the edges.

Fill each glass with ice.

Squeeze the grapefruit juice and add half to each glass. Split the gin into the two glasses.

Add the seltzer to top off the drinks. Stir gently and serve.

For a Pitcher of Salty Dogs:

8 ounces of gin
24 ounces of grapefruit juice
2 cans of seltzer

Mix the gin and juice in a pitcher and chill. Don’t add the seltzer yet.

Rim the glasses in salt just before your guests arrive and set them up on a tray.

Fill glasses with ice.

Add the seltzer to the pitcher. Stir.

Pour the cocktails and enjoy.

Grapefruit Salty Dog

But this is a #FoodieExtravaganza post! Aren’t there more recipes with gin? Yep! See? It’s not just me on a bender mid-week, there are others involved in this gin-theme!

See all the other gin-spiration for today’s Foodie Extravaganza:

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Carrot Raisin Salad #FoodieExtravaganza

Carrot Raisin SaladHello! It’s my favorite day today! It’s Salad Day over here with the #FoodieExtravaganza bloggers! This month is celebrating an awesome line-up of salads, salads, and oh yeah….more salads! If you read this blog at all, you know I love my salads!

Today is an easy, classic salad that I remade with a yummy, healthy citrus dressing made with greek yogurt instead of mayo. It’s not the typically sweet version loaded with pineapple, because I really don’t love that one-no offense if that is your special-guy! This one…well. I love.carrot-raisin-salad

Carrot Raisin Salad #FoodieExtravaganza

This is a FAST and easy to make, healthy salad that adds color to any meal!

Ingredients

    The Salad
  • 2 cups raw carrots, shredded
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • The Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt (not non-fat)
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • sprinkling of pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add the carrots, scallions and raisins. Mix to combine.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the carrot mixture. Toss well.
  3. Serve immediately or chill until serving.

Notes

* Chilling it for up to an hour before serving improves the taste, so it's a great make-ahead dish.

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See? So easy and fast for a last-minute dish to bring to a cookout too. It actually tastes better as it sits…seriously. My kind of salad! If you love salad ideas, check out all these bloggers offering up their great recipes:

Caramel Apple Granola #FoodieExtravaganza

caramel apple granolaSeriously. Caramel Apple taste made in granola form. When you make this, you are going to love it! And…it’s healthy for you!!! Full of all kinds of good for you ingredients, you don’t have to feel bad about this Caramel Apple- you just need to make it!

It’s so easy too- Just add all the dry ingredients to a BIG bowl, so you have plenty of room to mix it all up in:

caramel apple granola

I add these yummy and crunchy apples to the mix- to be honest, I have never bought these before, but I wanted a crunchy apple not a mushy one, and I liked how convenient these pouches were:Caramel Apple Granola

Then heat up some honey, brown sugar, and oil to make a caramel-ish wet mixture, mix it with the dry ingredients, and then  spread it all in a pan and bake:

caramel apple granola

See? So easy. And my house smells awesome on this rainy day- a perfect time for this recipe!

Caramel Apple Granola

Caramel Apple Granola

Ingredients

    Dry
  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 .36oz packages freeze dried apples (the crunchy kind)
  • Wet
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil (like canola or safflower)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • *1 tsp. almond (or vanilla) extract

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add all of the dry ingredients except the apples and mix together until totally combined.
  2. Without opening the apple bags, crush the apples with your hands. Add these to the dry mixture.
  3. In a small pot, add the wet ingredients except the extract.
  4. Heat the wet ingredients over medium heat until they simmer a bit. Continue to simmer, constantly stirring until the bubbles won't disappear and the sugar is all dissolved. Remove from the heat, and stir in the extract.
  5. Pour this over the dry ingredients, scraping the pan with a rubber spatula. Carefully mix the wet into the dry using the spatula until it is totally covered in the sugar mixture.
  6. Spread evenly on a rimmed sheet pan and bake for one hour at 325*. Using a spatula, turn the mixture every 15 minutes to make sure it all bakes evenly and browns nicely. Cook up to an additional 15 minutes if you like your granola especially crunchy. Let cool on the pan, and store in a ziplock bag or tupperware for as long as it lasts!
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You know I love my granola! My Crunchy & Hearty Granola or Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola can give you some other ideas for making my favorite snack!
Foodie Extravaganza

This recipe for Caramel Apple Granola is just one of many inspired by this month’s theme of “Caramel.” Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party where bloggers come together to create recipes using the same ingredient. The host, this month it’s Kathleen from Fearlessly Creative Mammas, and she chose caramel recipes.  If you’re a blogger and would like to join in the fun, you can request to join on this Facebook page. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of the month. If you’d like to see past recipes, you can follow our Pinterest board too.

Here  are the Caramel Recipes from this month’s inspiration:

Gooey Caramel Cake – Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Easter Coconut Bird’s Egg Nests – Palatable Pastimes
Ooey Gooey Salted Caramel Cake – A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Apple Granola – Hardly a Goddess
Caramel Apple Dip – Sew You Think You Can Cook
Banana Chia Pudding with Date Caramel – Caroline’s Cooking
Affogato – Vanilla Ice Cream With Espresso, Caramel Sauce And Salted Almonds – Sneha’s Recipes
Fa’ausi (Samoan Coconut Caramel Bread) – Tara’s Multicultural Table