The Salty Dog

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Without alcohol, a virgin drink easily becomes just a glass of fruit juice. As someone who always looked forward to an after-work cocktail, fruit juice just doesn’t cut it. To make my mocktails taste more ‘adult,’ my go-to ingredients have been aromatic bitters and something unexpected.

And in the case of this salty dog variation, celery.

Celery is neither sweet nor bitter. With a mild acid content, it is subtly tart and just distinct enough to add flavor to a dish or drink. After creating a celery simple syrup, I combined it with the traditional salty dog components—grapefruit juice and a salted rim—and a few dashes of bitters to give it some bite.

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The tartness of the grapefruit with the now-sweetened celery creates a refreshing balance, while the salted rim and bitters bumps it up a notch in terms of being cocktail-esque.

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The Salty Dog
Serves 2

½ cup celery simple syrup*
1 ½ cup red grapefruit juice
8-10 dashes aromatic bitters
Ice
Salt, sea or margarita, for rim

Dip the rims of two highball glasses in celery simple syrup and coat in salt. Set aside.
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake, and evenly divide into both glasses filled with crushed ice. Serve with a celery stalk.

Celery Simple Syrup
1 ½ cups celery, thinly sliced
¾ cup water
¼ cup sugar

Combine ingredients into a small saucepan. Simmer for 15 minutes. Using a fine sieve, strain the syrup and set aside to cool before using.

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Easily turn this mocktail into a cocktail with the addition of vodka or gin.

x Natasha

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