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The salty dog is the result of the creativity of George Jessel, father of the bloody Mary, but as with many other cocktails, the salty dog also has legendary origins. It might have been invented by the meeting at the bar of some Russian sailors and Texan cowboys. By mixing their respective favourite cocktails, vodka and gin with grapefruit juice, the first version of this drink would be born. The addition of salt has remained to this day.
The salty dog is often confused with the greyhound. How do we distinguish them? The greyhound is made with gin and is served in a cocktail glass. The salty dog is vodka-based, served in a tumbler and has a salt crust on the glass.
An interesting version is the tequila salty dog, better known as perro salado, with the use of tequila instead of vodka.