Hibiscus Salty Dog – A Vodka Cocktail

Hibiscus syrup gives the classic Salty Dog cocktail a sweet twist!

A twist on the classic salty dog, we added hibiscus syrup!



In the heat of the summer, we love to sip cocktails by our swimming pool (and a lot of times in the pool too!) Nothing is as good as a crisp tart drink on ice, especially cocktails with fresh citrus in them, and this hibiscus cocktail, the Hibiscus Salty Dog, definitely fits the bill!



Salty Dog

Our summer has definitely been a warm one, so our weekends have been spent floating in the pool. We have been entertaining guests who want to seek refuge from the heat in our pool. We mentioned that we had made a syrup from some of the hibiscus flowers that decorate our deck. Our guests had never tasted anything with hibiscus were very interested in trying a drink with our hibiscus syrup.



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Hibiscus salty dog cocktail in rocks glasses with hibiscus flower

Rocks Glasses / Wooden Bowls



We figured one of our favorite summer cocktails might be a great way to introduce hibiscus, so we started with a Salty Dog. This cocktail combines grapefruit and vodka on crushed ice to make a crisp, tart drink that is very refreshing. With this classic as a starting point out, we added in some of our hibiscus syrup and changed it from tart to a cocktail that plays between sweet and tart.




Hibiscus Salty Dog in rocks glasses with hibiscus simple syrup and vodka bottles in background with Hibiscus flower

Wood Spoons / Shaker / Hawthorne Strainer




We had initially thought that the subtle notes of the hibiscus might be dominated by the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. But, then we added the tart citrus juices brought out some floral flavors and strengthened the hibiscus flavors. The hibiscus syrup is not super sweet and by itself has some tart notes that really work well with the crisp slightly bitter grapefruit.






We added a splash of lemon juice to give just a hint of brightness that gave a hit of sourness that brought the Hibiscus Salty Dog right into balance. A salt rim on the glass gives a nice salty edge and helps the drink live up to its name! Give the Hibiscus Salty Dog a try next time you are spending the day out by the pool!






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Yield: 1

Hibiscus Salty Dog - A Vodka Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
A floral version of the classic Salty Dog Cocktail.



Rim the glass with salt, fill with crushed ice.

Combine juice, simple syrup and vodka in cocktail shaker, shake to mix.

Strain into ice filled glass.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375 Total Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 51mg Carbohydrates: 64g Fiber: 0.6g Sugar: 4g Protein: 0.4g



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24 thoughts on “Hibiscus Salty Dog – A Vodka Cocktail

  1. I LOVE hibiscus flavored drinks! The Cheesecake Factory has a hibiscus flavored lemonade and it is SUCh a game changer. I’ve never tried the flavor spiked, but I’m sure it would taste just as good–if not better!

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