Rosemary Salty Dog

Taxes are finished. Let’s have cocktail! Wait. If you’re someone who hasn’t filed yet, you’re two week overdue. In that case, have two or three cocktails.

Taxes feel like the adult version of final exams except sometimes you have to pay money. But sometimes you get money back. Either way, a cocktail hour is called for.

We had to pay $700+ dollars back to Uncle Sam this year so I’m crying a little in my cocktails lately. These rosemary salty dogs are perfect to cry into. They’re also perfect to have a little thirsty Thursday. They are perfect to just breathe while dealing with any given issue at hand in 2020.

So let’s get to it. A salty dog is just vodka and grapefruit juice mixed together in a glass rimmed with salt. I took things up a notch because I’m me. I added in rosemary simple syrup and sugar into the salt for the rim. My husband hates grapefruit anything but he loves this. The simple syrup tempers the grapefruit-ness.


Rosemary Salty Dog

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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 265kcal


To rim the glasses:

  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tsp sugar

For the drinks:

  • 4 oz rosemary simple syrup (recipe in notes)
  • 4 oz vodka
  • 12 oz grapefruit juice (tested with Simply Grapefruit)


To rim the glasses:

  • On one saucer, add enough water to cover the bottom of the saucer. On a second saucer, mix the salt and sugar.
  • Hold lowball cup upside down and dip the rim of the cup in the water until the rim is wet.
  • Dip wet rim into salt mixture. Slide around until it is well coated.

For the drinks:

  • In a large cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all drink ingredients. Seal and shake for 2 minutes, or until frothy.
  • Strain and pour into two rimmed lowball glasses. Garnish with extra grapfruit, if desired.


Prep the simple syrup the day before to make life easier. You can store it in the fridge up to a week.
For the rosemary simple syrup:
  • In a medium saucepan, add 2 cups warm water, 1 cup sugar, and 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary. Whisk until well combined. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Once syrup reaches a full boil, remove from heat. Keep covered to steep for 20 minutes.
  • Use a fine mesh strainer over a large measuring cup to strain out rosemary leaves. Let syrup cool before mixing in a drink.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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