Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Leah Hall
A twist on the classic salty dog cocktail, 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 Cocktail
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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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.
What Ingredients are Needed for the Hibiscus Salty Dog?
- Grapefruit Juice
- Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- Lemon Juice
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.
If You are Looking for a Classic Cocktail, Try These!
- Gin and Jam
- Blood and Sand
- Clover Club
- Christmas Old Fashioned
- Ward Eight
- Raspberry Gimlet
- Maple Old Fashioned
- Pimm’s Cup
- Apple Cider Sidecar
- Lavender Bee’s Knees
- Pisco Sour
- Champs Elysees
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 Cocktail a try next time you are spending the day out by the pool!
If You Are Looking for More Grapefruit Cocktails, Try These!
- Rosemary Grapefruit Moscow Mule
- Grapefruit Smoked Salt London Mule
- Honey Bourbon and Pear Cider
- Red Hound
- Pink Pear
- French Tart
- Rio Rose
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Other Salty Dog Cocktails
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A floral version of the classic Salty Dog Cocktail.
Hibiscus Salty Dog Cocktail
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1.50 ounce Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- dash of lemon juice
- salt for rim
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.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 0.6gSugar: 4gProtein: 0.4g
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