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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!

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Fresh Grapefruit Martini

grapefruit martini

We were on a grapefruit kick for a while, as my boys love them, but then I guess we overdid it, and we have had 6 grapefruits sitting in the vegetable drawer for over 2 months.  They didn’t look spoiled at all, so I never got rid of them- Can I just tell you they were still good, and not only good, but still really juicy!

So that’s when I went to Pinterest to make my little creation for a Saturday night in. The Mr. ordered us some de-lish Indian food, and I made these. And between the two of us… {sigh} Parent night-life, this night, was not too shabby!

The recipe that I found is based on this one from Creative Culinary, off of Pinterest- love Pinterest! I change it a bit, but I always do, because, if you don’t change recipes to suit what you have on hand or what you like- well, you won’t make the recipe again!

So here it is: This makes 2 martinis.

Grapefruit Martini

Yield: 2 martinis

Grapefruit Martini


  • 2 ounces of vodka (the better the vodka, the better the drink!)
  • 2 ounces of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • ½ tsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 marachino cherries for garnish
  • Sugar for the rim of the glasses (optional)


First, prep the glasses.  Pour a tiny bit of either lime or grapefruit around the rim from the already squeezed fruit, before you discard it.  In a small dish pour 1-2 Tbsp of sugar and place your glass, rim down and slide it around until the rim is covered in sugar. Repeat for all glasses.  Put a cherry in the bottom of each glass.

Next, put all the juices and vodka in a shaker filled with ice, and SHAKE.  Pour and enjoy.


To make a pitcher of this, use a guideline of one part vodka, to one part juice.  I would up the maraschino juice to 1-2 Tbsp.


This was so refreshing and deliciously fresh on a cold night.  Totally my new martini over the sometimes, overly-sweet Cosmo. And if you want to tell yourself it’s healthy  with all that fresh juice- go right ahead!  According to the USDA, one cup of Red Grapefruit juice has 93mg of vitamin C!! That is OVER my recommended daily intake, from the National Institute of Health.  A straight-out WIN for the Grapefruit Martini!