The Salty Dog was originally created as The Greyhound by Harry Craddock (see recipe in his 1930s The Savoy Cocktail book). In the 1950s it was modified slightly by adding a salted rim to balance the bitterness of the grapefruit juice. This is when the rumors popped up that actor George Jessel was responsible for the addition. Others say it was changed by the same person who invented the Bloody Mary. Yes, another murky cocktail history ... but what do you expect? They were all drinking all the time!
Originally a gin cocktail, vodka is the current popular spirit choice. Whichever spirit you prefer, choose a decent one because cheap booze is truly noticable in a simple recipe like this. This is my preferred version:
1 Oz. Vodka (or Gin)
4 Oz. FRESH Grapefruit Juice
None required but I enjoy a nice, fresh, grapefruit slice myself.
Rub the rim of a Collins glass with lime juice.
Dip the rim in some nice Malden sea salt.
Fill the glass with ice cubes, add the ingredients, give the cocktail a nice stir to chill, then garnish and serve.
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