Hibiscus Salty Dog made ruby red grapefruit juice, hibiscus agua fresca, and vodka served over ice in a salt rim glass showcases the beauty that is the ruby red grapefruit. My hibiscus salty dog gives this classic cocktail a Texas twist.
It’s ruby red grapefruit season y’all,
My hibiscus salty dog is brimming with ruby red goodness. Ruby reds are at their peak January and February – and February is National grapefruit month, so do yourself a favor and scoop these babies up.
Loads of Vitamin C & A, an excellent source of fiber consider my hibiscus salty dog a dose of the good stuff.
I always have agua de Jamaica, (hibiscus) in the fridge, so this cocktail was a breeze to whip up.
Fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, a splash of hibiscus and a shot of vodka served over ice.
WHAT IS A SALTY DOG COCKTAIL?
A variation of the greyhound cocktail a popular cocktail served at the greyhound bus terminals which consists of vodka or gin and grapefruit juice. A salt rim was added in the 1930’s to cut the bitter taste of the grapefruit juice, soon this cocktail became known as the salty dog cocktail.
HOW TO MAKE A HIBISCUS SALTY DOG COCKTAIL
Consisting of only a few ingredients my hibiscus salty dog cocktail comes together in snap, pero since this is a simple cocktail the quality of our ingredients is important.
For this cocktail I used fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, which is tart, sweet and earthy. If you do not have access to ruby red grapefruits, feel free to use the grapefruits available in your area, pero juice them. Fresh juice is always the best choice.
Grab that bottle of amazing vodka to make my hibiscus salty dog. Most vodkas are made from grains, others are made from corn or grapes – also the water used to make the vodka can make a difference in flavor. This cocktail is best made with a pure vodka, not flavored vodka which will disrupt the ruby red goodness.
Homemade agua de hibiscus works beautifully in this cocktail. I make a large pitcher on Wednesday, place in fridge and hope there is a few ounces on Friday to make myself this cocktail.
The salt rims sets this cocktail off. It enhances the flavor of the ruby red grapefruit juice. Not of a fan of salted rims, try only salting half the rim of your glass.
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 3 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice freshly squeezed
- 3 ounces agua de jamaica
- lime wedge
Run a lime wedge around glass, dip into salt to rim glass.
Fill glass with ice.
Add vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice and top with agua de Jamaica.
Makes 1 cocktail