This salty dog cocktail recipe adds fresh strawberries for a spring twist to this classic drink. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo if tequila isn’t your thing!
Raise your hand high if you’ve had an “incident” with tequila.
Oh, hi, me over here, standing on tippy toes raising hand.
The scene: my 21st birthday.
The outcome: the Carlisle, PA ER.
It wasn’t pretty. Or so I’ve been told since 13 years later I still have zero recollection of 3 hours from that night.
So while I know tomorrow (Cinco de Mayo) is all about the tequila and guac, I totally get it if one of those things is just not your cup of tea (and I’m not talking about the guacamole, not liking that is just plain weird).
Unless it’s a really good margarita, the thought of tequila usually makes me squirm.
That changed a little last week though when I was in Mexico at the Cancun Wine and Food Festival and we did a tequila tasting at one of the restaurants in the host hotel, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach (a lovely place to stay in the area with the best spa I’ve ever been to in my life).
Apparently, we’re all doing this tequila thing wrong.
It’s not about throwing it back, licking some salt and squeezing a lime wedge into your mouth.
It’s all about sipping and breathing correctly.
I will say, now that I know how to properly do a shot of tequila, it tastes way better than what I remember from that horrible night spent celebrating legal-dom.
And, all these years I spent thinking white (blanco) tequila was the way to go, the tasting made me realize I actually much prefer a nice anejo.
All that said, it’s still not quite my alcohol of choice for mixed drinks. Good old vodka wins that one and that’s just what this strawberry salty dog calls for.
What’s In A Salty Dog?
The classic salty dog cocktail combines vodka and grapefruit juice with a nice salty rim. It’s this brilliant contrast of sour and salty and it works deliciously well. Same goes for the grapefruit martini, a cocktail I adore in winter when grapefruit is one of the few shining stars of the season.
Being that we’re smack in the middle of strawberry season though, I decided it needed a spring twist with the addition of some fresh strawberry juice.
I used my juicer but if you don’t have one, just throw some in a blender, that’ll work just as well.
So if your hand was raised to the sky on the tequila hate train, I get it. Enjoy one of these strawberry salty dogs for Cinco de Mayo instead.
The guac won’t know any better.
Strawberry Salty Dog
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberry juice
- 1/3 cup good quality vodka
- kosher/pink himalayan salt
- crushed ice
- Wet the rim of two glasses. Place salt in a small dish and dip rim into salt until coated all the way around.
- Fill glasses with crushed ice.
- Combine juices and vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.
- Strain and pour into salt rimmed glasses.
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Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.