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Sweet Sunrise Salty Dog

Simple and zingy, this Sweet Sunrise salty dog is the perfect way to round off long, hot summer days!

Sweet Sunrise Salty Dog

I introduced you in my last post to the Sweet Sunrise Grapefruit, a delicious new varietal to hit our shelves this spring. It’s sweet, slightly bitter and might overtake the Clemengold Clementine as my favourite citrus to put in practically everything this summer.  Its muted sweetness and slight bitter note makes it the perfect addition to replace acids in salad dressings. A squeeze of the juice brings a freshness to blanched greens, and recently, I discovered its great mixed with a hint of honey and poured over roasting carrots for the last 10 minutes of cooking, turning them finger-lickingly sticky.

If I am perfectly honest though, it really sings in a cocktail. Swap it out for traditional grapefruit juice in my Paloma Rose Sunrise, or make this riff on a Salty Dog. The recipe is simple enough that it can be whipped up in 10 minutes after work, and enjoyed outside as our evenings grow steadily warmer and longer. You can salt the rim of your glass as with a traditional salty dog, but personally I just add a sprinkle of salt to taste into the jug itself.

If you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Happy cooking!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this alcohol-free?

You can omit the mezcal in favour of an alcohol free spirit like Seedlip. 

Can I use another type of grapefruit?

You can replace the Sweet Sunrise grapefruit. Be sure to adjust the sweetness of the drink with sugar syrup as pink grapefruit will be more bitter. 

Sugar syrup is easy to make. Simply microwave 50g of water with 50g of sugar until the sugar has dissolved completely.


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easy delicious cocktail sweet sunrise salty dog

Sweet Sunrise Salty Dog

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings


Simple and zingy, this Sweet Sunrise salty dog is the perfect way to round off long, hot summer days!


  • 500ml freshly squeezed Sweet Sunrise grapefruit juice
  • 1 juicy lime
  • 240ml Leonista Blanco
  • Sea salt, for the rims of the glasses
  • ice for serving


  1. Cut a wedge from your lime, and run the wedge around the rims of 4 glasses. Gently dip the moistened rims into a shallow dish of flaked sea salt. Set aside for serving.
  2. In a large jug add the grapefruit juice, and mezcal. Squeeze in the remaining lime and give everything a gentle stir
  3. Fill the jug the rest of the way with ice and serve immediately.


Chefs tip: This drink would pair perfectly with my Vegan Nacho Cheez Dip, and a couple of nachos.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Cocktails


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 188.98kcal
  • Sugar: 11.96g
  • Sodium: 171.16mg
  • Fat: 0.16g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.02g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.06g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.36g
  • Fiber: 0.53g
  • Protein: 0.74g
  • Cholesterol: 0g
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