Salty Gator | Cocktail Recipe

Salty Gator Cocktail 2

“I have some gin. What can I mix with it? Does gin go with juice?” “WHAT? Of Course it does. Snoop Dog says so!”

That was the conversation in my head earlier this week. My searches led me to the classic Salty Dog cocktail which mixes gin with fresh grapefruit juice and salt. But it didn’t quite work out that way when I went to the store.

Raising Arizona

Ever heard of baby brain? I have it. If you’ve seen Raising Arizona that’s what I’m afraid of most of the time!

“Baby Brain” refers to bouts of forgetfulness during and after a woman’s pregnancy. I can understand that. You’re growing a human! That has to deplete some brain cells.

Google search doesn’t turn up many results for men with baby brain. And while I didn’t grow a baby inside of me I can attest that I’m not as sharp as I was before children. My excuse is that most of my daily allotment of brain power is dedicated to watching out for the two kids, especially the 2 year old. The file folder in my head can only contain so much useful knowledge before something has to give!

So what happens when you plan on making a Salty Dog cocktail, which uses grapefruits, and buy oranges instead? You get a new drink which I will call a salty gator after my wife’s alma mater.

Sun Dog Cocktail

Orange Zest

Orange zest finishes off the drink.

Salty Gator | Cocktail Recipe

Salty Gator | Cocktail Recipe


  • 6 oz fresh squeezed orange juice (Or use Simply Orange)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 tsp orange bitters (optional)
  • 1 orange slice for garnish


  1. Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker and mix well
  2. Strain into 8 oz highball glass and garnish with orange zest and wedge
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