Peachy Grapefruit Salty Dog Cocktail

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If you want a light and refreshing drink, then this salty dog cocktail will have your tail wagging! The peaches and grapefruit work so well in this classic cocktail, perfect for a warm summer’s evening!

The other night, Zan and I were craving a cocktail and my fridge was running on empty. I usually always keep lemons and limes on hand to whip something up quickly, but this time I only had grapefruit and peaches and nothing else!

I immediately thought of a Salty Dog cocktail, which is grapefruit juice and gin, but the peaches looked so good, so I tossed them in the mix too!

This Peachy Grapefruit Salty Dog is just as simple. Cut the peach into smaller pieces and discard the seed.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 ripe peach and add in the grapefruit juice, gin and ice. Shake for at least 20 seconds, then strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice.

I love how light and refreshing Salty Dogs are and that they don’t have added sugar. They’re perfect for a warm fall afternoon!

side shot of salty dog cocktail

How To Make A Salty Dog Cocktail – Step By Step

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle the peach with the grapefruit juice and gin.
  • Add ice and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Add a little grapefruit juice around the rim of the glass and dip in coarse salt.
  • Strain into the salt-rimmed glass filled ice.

If you’re looking for a good gin, I really love Gray Whale. It’s light, smooth and has notes of Baja and citrus and subtle coastal fir trees.

It’s distilled an bottled by a family-owned business in Sebastopol and they support Oceana.

A Smooth Gin For a Salty Dog Cocktail

side shot of bottle of gin

An Easy Cocktail

If you are in the mood for a quick cocktail or have guests popping round at the last minute, then you can’t go wrong with a salty dog cocktail! This is a 3 ingredient cocktail that takes a moment to prepare. Plus, it looks and tastes delicious!

top down shot of glasses of the gin drink on a table

Origins Of The Salty Dog Cocktail

The Salty Dog is an easy summer cocktail.  It is a classic grapefruit-flavored cocktail believed to have been created around 1950 by the same mixologist who invented the well-known Bloody Mary.  

Originally made with gin, vodka is a popular substitute.  As with many drinks, using fresh grapefruit turns this from a good drink to an awesome cocktail.  The salted rim–which converts the drink from being a Greyhound into a Salty Dog–helps contrast the slight bitterness of the citrus. 

Top Tips For A Salty Dog Cocktail

  • If possible, use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, for the best flavor.
  • If you do not have a muddler, you can use a wooden spoon.
  • Shake the cocktail mixer until it feels cold, at least 20 seconds.
  • Use coarse salt for rimming the glass.
profile shot of salty dog cocktail in a glass on a table

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Peachy Grapefruit Salty Dog

A light and refreshing cocktail without any added sugar! 
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Eden


  • 5 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 ripe peach, cut into smaller peices
  • 2.5 ounces good quality gin


  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle the peach with the grapefruit juice and gin.
  • Add ice and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Add a little grapefruit juice around the rim of the glass and dip in course salt.
  • Strain into the salt rimmed glass filled ice.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 229mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin C: 38.1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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