Thursday, December 8, 2011

Salty Dog

Last weekend, we had Todd's friend Dave over for dinner. Every time these two boys get together, they have a cocktail hour and the "Cocktails" book pulled from the shelf. Years back, when the book was purchased it was their goal to make every single drink in the book and rate it based on their opinion. One star being terrible and four stars being a tasty will-make again drink. This past weekend, when I noticed Dave skimming through pages, it dawned on me... I have a FULL book of drinks that have already been tested! What a great party and entertaining tool! (It also dawned on me that this is why I have had a full bottle of Benedictine in my liquor cabinet for the past 4 years. In 7 years of bartending I never used it, but Todd and Dave needed one shot for a cocktail recipe and bought the big bottle. You won't see that recipe as it only got one star. Note to self: Find new use for 4 year old bottle of Benedictine!)

Anyway, enough of the history and on to the drink! My one and only suggestion for this drink is to only use freshly squeezed grapefruits. Anything else would defeat the purpose of this wonderfully fresh drink that is so often forgotten about. For your next brunch, make these and leave the mimosas and screwdrivers behind!

Salty Dog
Serves: One  

Coarse Salt, for rimming the edge of the glass
Grapefruit Slice for garnish
1/3 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1 grapefruit)
2 ounces good vodka (such as grey goose, Chopin, or Kettle One)
1/2 cup ice plus 1/2 cup in tin shaker

Place salt on saucer. Moisten the rim with a grapefruit slice and dip in salt.
Add 1/2 cup ice to glass
In a cocktail shaker add the remaining ice, vodka, and grapefruit juice. Shake well and strain into glass.

Garnish with a twist or wedge of grapefruit.
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