I love a good Greyhound or a Salty Dog, but I find that even this simple drink is pretty repulsive at most bars. The juice dispensers or little tin cans of grapefruit juice so common at most establishments give an awful, processed or tinny flavor. Many bars (even those serving “premium” alcohol) are too concerned with the bottom line to pursue good juice, though fresh juice not only enhances the flavor of those premium spirits but is also more cost-effective in the long run. Such a shame. USE FRESH JUICE AND YOUR DRINKERS WILL THANK YOU.
Until you can count on a bar to get it right, try whipping up a batch of these easy cocktails at home. Squeezing the juice fresh or using high quality unpasteurized juice will really make your cocktail worlds better, but even a carton of semi-natural looking stuff from the refrigerated section of the supermarket is a huge improvement over what most bars offer. These drinks are traditionally made with gin but are sometimes made with vodka. I prefer gin.
The Salty Dog
Combine 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice with 1.5 oz London Dry Gin, stir over ice and serve with salted rim.
Same drink served without a salted rim.