Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Salty Dog Chronicles

I strongly believe that every classy Rockabilly lady should have a signature drink. One that is all her own. And by signature, I mean something unique and fun. A Vodka Tonic does not fit the bill. Sorry. It's boring, it's not a conversation piece, and typically ... it's not particularly tasty either. Am I right? So I'm going to tell you all about my signature cocktail ... and over the span of time, I'll offer up other vintage cocktail suggestions from sources like the Savoy Cocktail Book, etc...
I'm not saying you should ditch your Lone Star or PBR. I'm just saying, that having a taste for mixology gives you character ... and there ain't nothin' wrong with that! ;)

So that leads me to my signature drink:  The Salty Dog

This drink was first introduced to me by my dear Papa Beene, seen here mixing eggs in his Texas restaurant famous for Beer Biscuits and customer service. ;) The Salty Dog was his favorite cocktail, and he used to mix huge batches in a pitcher and take it to the lake for a day of water skiing.
When I was old enough to appreciate this concoction he had already passed, so I've never had the honor of sharing a sunset and a Salty Dog with him, but I'm certain that will happen someday far in the future.

So on to the drink itself:

The Salty Dog is essentially a Greyhound with salt on the rim. Grapefruit juice and vodka with salt, and I typically throw in a lime for good measure. If you really want to blow people away, squeeze your own fresh grapefruit juice. Hands down one of the best summer drinks of all time.

The drink is more or less a dirty old sailor's drink, and has a double meaning that we won't discuss here... But it was an incredibly popular drink in the 50's and 60's. I encourage you to try one tonight, and to start thinking about what YOUR new signature drink will be. And if you already have one, please ... do share! :)


  1. I love me a Moscow Mule---ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka, though sometimes I sub rum for vodka. Super refreshing in the summer! (Hi Jenny, it's Jeanine! You rule! Love your blog.)

  2. Oooooog Girl, Jeanine.... I LOVE Moscow Mules :) !!

    My mom recently bought Freddy the original copper mugs that they were traditionally served in.
    So fun!

    If you and I are ever in NY at the same time, I'll take you to my favorite Moscow Mule establishment ;) See you in Austin soon!!

    1. I'm curious. Which NY establishment is that. Enquiring minds would like to know. ;)

  3. Yum! I'd love to! I discovered them from this vintage recipe card box of cocktails I have, complete with gaggy paired appetizers on the back. Some are hilarious, like the ever-present meats in jell-o molds. Ugh. Some vintage things are allowed to stay vintage!

  4. I have to say these are my summer go-to's right now. I'd always been a mule and grayhound fan and just discovered the salty dog last week. Perfect summer drinks. Gotta have your signatures!

    Love your blog! if you have time check mine out, also has a vintage feel to it and we did a feature on the moscow mule last month.