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