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This Salty Dog Party Punch recipe turns a Salty Dog cocktail into party punch! It’s made with gin or vodka, grapefruit juice and finished with a gorgeous salted rim. This is a beautiful and bright drink that’s full of spring and summer vibes! 

peach colored drink in a short clear glass with a lime slice in the drink.

What is a Salty Dog Drink?

A salty dog is made of gin or vodka, and grapefruit juice, and is finished with a salted rim. It’s a classic cocktail recipe because it has the perfect balance between sweet and flavorful. It differs from a Greyhound cocktail only in that it has a salty rim.

I turned this easy drink recipe into a party punch because that’s kind of my MO. This is a flavorful citrus drink that takes no time at all – and it’s easy to make into a party punch!

ingredients in salty dog punch laid out on a wood surface.

Ingredients Needed

  • Juice: grapefruit juice is what makes this drink what it is. You can use fresh grapefruit juice or bottled.
  • Vodka: I’ll be using vodka since it’s what I had on hand but this classic cocktail is also made with gin, a popular choice. 
  • Soda: to give this cocktail some life, I’m pouring my favorite lemon-lime soda. Use any carbonated drink you think would pair well here, even regular club soda is OK! 
  • Lemon slices: or lime wedges for garnish and an extra kick of refreshing citrus.  
  • Salt: I’m using kosher salt to rim the glasses

How to make a salty dog drink punch

  1. A classic salty dog recipe is made with a cocktail shaker and is tart, with sweetness added with simple syrup. We’re making punch so I used lemon-lime soda in place of simple syrup.
  2. Place all ingredients into your pitcher and stir – be sure to add the soda right before serving.
  3. Serve with salt rimmed glasses – a must for a salty dog drink! You can garnish with lime slices or even rosemary sprigs or other herbs.
peach colored drink in a glass pitcher with a lime slice in the drink.

Expert Tips

  • You can use a combination of lemon-lime soda and club soda, or diet lemon-lime soda.
  • To salt the rim of your glass, you can use grapefruit, lemon, or lime slices.
  • This cocktail is normally served in a rocks glass.


What is a salty dog without salt called?

If you leave out the salt from a Saly Dog drink it’s called a “Greyhound”.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes! Prep all of your ingredients and mix in a pitcher and store in refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Add the soda just before serving so it doesn’t go flat.

Salty Dog Punch Cocktail

Salty Dog Punch Recipe

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Salty Dog Punch – this easy cocktail recipe is made with grapefruit juice, vodka, and soda with lime for garnish and a salted rim! It’s the perfect not-to-sweet spring or summer punch!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 Cocktail


For one cocktail:

  • 3 ounces (45ml) grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce (15ml) vodka
  • ½ ounce lemon lime soda (or simple syrup)
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • Salt for the rim of the glass

For a pitcher:

  • 6 cups (1422ml) grapefruit juice
  • 1 ½ cups (349ml) vodka
  • 4 cups (948ml) lemon lime soda (or a combination lemon lime soda and club soda, or diet lemon lime soda)
  • Lemon slices for garnish
  • Salt to rim the glasses
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  • To make one cocktail: rub a slice of lime around the rim of your glass. Dip glass upside down on a plate of salt to salt the rim. Add ice to the glass, then add juice and vodka. Add a splash of soda to taste and a slice of lime for garnish.
  • To make a pitcher: Mix juice, vodka, and soda in a pitcher. Add lime slices for garnish. Rub a slice of lime around the rim of each serving glass, then dip them upside down on a plate of salt to salt the rim. Serve drink over ice.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1Cocktail | Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 1922mg | Sugar: 2g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Drinks
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on May 10, 2024

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I was so incredibly tired from spending all day on my feet, and then coming home to not be able to sit down and relax right away LOL. When I did finally get a moment, I ran into this drink on Pinterest. It’s like it was a sign, calling out to me, “Hey! You work too hard! Relax with me, you deserve it!” So, I did! This drink isn’t just pretty, but it’s a beautifully refreshing citrus cocktail. Perfect to sip while relaxing on the porch on a warm sunny day. And it’s easy to make too! Thank you for the much needed relaxation, in the most delicious way.

  2. I love love love a cocktail with a salted rim (especially Margaritas). This looks delicious and refreshing and perfect for a Friday night!