Rosemary Infused Salty Dog Cocktail

April 10, 2018 (Last Updated: August 14, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

The Salty Dog Cocktail is a classic drink, but you can make it even more special by infusing rosemary into the mix. This is still a delicious drink, but that has that beautiful herbaceous rosemary flavor that I love.

Rosemary infused Salty Dog on a mat. Half a grapefruit close by and a sprig of rosemary on the side

I feel like the taste of grapefruit is colorful, vibrant, but a fruit that might not be for everybody. It is the cilantro of the fruit world… either you love it or hate it. While we are divided in our household on cilantro (Ashley hates it and I am right), we both agree on grapefruit. We are deep into our greyhound series and today we are going to write about its kissing cousin, the Salty Dog Cocktail. A normal Salty Dog is not on the menu today, however. We are going to make a rosemary infused Salty Dog Cocktail.

Traditional Salty Dog Cocktail

We just made a traditional Greyhound cocktail and it only seems right that we give a bit of attention to the Salty Dog. The Salty Dog, after all, is only a Greyhound, but with salt on the rim. So, if you are interested in a traditional Salty Dog, just go to this recipe and rim the glass with salt. We, however, are going to mix it up with a bit of rosemary syrup.

Vodka In Our Salty Dog

I used gin in our traditional Greyhound cocktail, as that is historically accurate. Today, however, vodka is more commonly used in the greyhound. I feel that it is acceptable to use either in a cocktail and today I am going to switch over to vodka. Instead of highlighting the juniper and botanicals that go into gin, I want the real stars in this cocktail to be the grapefruit, rosemary, and salt.

Salt On The Rim

Use what you got. I keep Himalayan sea salt on hand, so that it what I am going to use. I think there are some opportunities here to help your drink tell a story or do something interesting. You could use normal table salt, but you could also use black lava salt from Hawaii or any interesting salt. The salt can help you bring some pop or tell a story with this cocktail to make it your own.

Rosemary Syrup

This rosemary syrup is simple and can a whole bunch of flavor to any cocktail. We are going to include a recipe for this, but if you have ever made your own simple syrup, you know the dealio. Basically, this rosemary syrup is simple syrup that was heated with rosemary and strained. This really can be applied to any number of herbs or items. The recipe in this post will make more than you need, so feel free to experiment with other cocktails and try replacing it in other things that need simple syrup. You can keep most 1:1 simple syrups in the fridge for one month.

making rosemary simple syrup

Grapefruits In This Drink

While we tried to use the sweetest grapefruit possible in our traditional Greyhound, it just isn’t as important in this drink. With the addition of simple syrup, we are going to get plenty of sugars to counterbalance any bitter or sour flavor that the Grapefruit brings.

another shot of the rosemary infused salty dog cocktail

Products Used for this Recipe

  1. Highball Glasses
  2. Cocktail Shaker Kit

Rosemary Infused Salty Dog Cocktail

Rosemary infused Salty Dog on a mat. Half a grapefruit close by and a sprig of rosemary on the side

This Rosemary Infused Salty Dog Cocktail is a variation of the Greyhound and Salty Dog Recipe. It is sweet and has a nice hint of that rosemary flavoring.

  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 1 Minute
  • Cook Time: 4 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 Tablespoons of salt
  • Ice
  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup (See notes)
  • 4 Ounces Grapefruit Juice
  • Sprig of rosemary, Garnish


  1. Put salt on flat plate or other dish so you can rim.
  2. Moisten rim of highball glass and lightly place on plate to rim the edge of the glass
  3. Add ice to glass, careful not to disturb salt
  4. Add vodka
  5. Add Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup
  6. Add grapefruit juice
  7. Using stirring spoon, mix for 30 seconds
  8. Serve


To Make Rosemary Syrup

Add all 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, and 2 Tablespoons to sauce pan and slowly heat to be warm, but not boil.

Once all sugar is incorporated into water, remove from heat

Strain the liquid to remove rosemary

Place in container and keep in fridge for up to one month

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  • Reply
    April 15, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I don’t know if its the pink color or that I just love grapefruit juice but this looks so refreshing. I can imagine why vodka is more popular today, gin has a strong presence. Love this!

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    April 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I just trimmed my rosemary bush and some simple syrup sounds like just the thing to make! I am firmly on the grapefruit and cilantro side of things 🙂

  • Reply
    April 15, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I love herb infused cocktails and this looks like a delicois one to try. Perfect for a dinner party.

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    April 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Oh my goodness this look absolutely amazing! It truly looks delicious! This looks sooooo good! I can’t wait to try it out! Thank you for great recipes! YUM!

  • Reply
    April 15, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I would have to try a non alcoholic version of that. The grapefruit and rosemary combo sounds interesting.

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