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:
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! :)