Spicy Salty Dog – freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka, and jalapenos! So refreshing and delicious, the perfect spicy cocktail recipe.
I’m sick. Again.
Whyyyy does this happen to me?
And it’s extra lame because the only thing I want to do right now is spend all my time in the woods and I can’t do that when I feel like death. Especially since I am running out of time to hike before it gets unbearably hot in Texas.
I did make spicy cocktails because I 100% believe that both spicy foods and a strong cocktail can help get rid of a cold.
How to Make a Spicy Salty Dog
Have you ever had a Salty Dog?
It is just vodka and fresh grapefruit juice with a salt rim. So easy, so delicious. I think grapefruit juice is so refreshing so it is the perfect summer cocktail for me!
This one starts with a homemade jalapeno simple syrup which is just sugar and water and jalapenos simmered together until syrupy and delicious. And then you just add a little of that syrup to the grapefruit and vodka mixture. It’s sweet and spicy so add as much as you want.
And you can store whatever leftover syrup you have in the fridge for up to a week so you can enjoy spicy cocktails all week long. Just keep it in an airtight container – something like a mason jar is perfect for storing simple syrup!
Why Is It Called Salty Dog?
Because it has a salted rim!
Without the salt rim, it’s a different cocktail, called a Greyhound! So if you don’t love a salted rim, you can leave it off but it’s not a Salty Dog anymore. A Spicy Greyhound will still be delicious though.
The easiest way to do a salted rim is to put salt on a plate and then run a slice of grapefruit (or whatever fruit you are using in your cocktail) along the rim of the glass. Turn the glass upside down onto the salt plate and wiggle it around until the rim is coated with enough salt. That’s it!
More Spicy Cocktail Recipes
Spicy Cilantro Margarita – if you love bold flavors and spice, this is the margarita for you! Fresh jalapenos are muddled in the bottom of a glass with tequila (or you can use homemade jalapeno-infused tequila if you prep it ahead of time!) and then gets mixed with orange liqueur, fresh orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh cilantro!
Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade – take regular lemonade and add gin, cayenne pepper, fresh lemon, and thinly sliced cucumbers for the most refreshing cocktail! It is the perfect amount of sour, sweet, and spicy all in one glass. Plus it almost tastes like it’s good for you!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 small jalapeno sliced
- kosher salt
- 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/3 cup vodka
To make the spicy simple syrup, combine sugar, water, and sliced jalapeno in a small saucepan. Simmer for about 8 minutes, until it has thickened to a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat. You can store this in the fridge for several days.
To make the cocktails, run a slice of grapefruit along the rims of 2 glasses and dip into kosher salt. Fill with ice.
Combine grapefruit juice, vodka, and simple syrup to taste in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain over the prepared glasses. Serve immediately with extra jalapeno slices as garnish, if desired.