Salty Dog Slushes

Active Time: :30 Mins
Total Time: :8 Hours 30 Mins
Yield: :Serves 8 (serving size: 1 cup)

The Salty Dog has no flaws, but turning it into a slush makes it the most wonderful and festive summertime cocktail ever. The bitterness, sweetness, salt, and booze come together to make a subtly sweet pink and frosty delight. You can even keep frozen grapefruit juice cubes in the freezer and whip a few drinks up to amaze friends (or yourself).  If you’d like to experiment, this would also make a mighty fine granita. 


  • 1/2 gallon Ruby Red grapefruit juice, plus more for rims of glasses
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more for rims of glasses
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) Ruby Red grapefruit-flavored vodka (such as Deep Eddy)

How to Make It

Step 1

Pour grapefruit juice in ice cube trays, and freeze overnight or until solid.

Step 2

Bring sugar, water, and kosher salt to a boil in a small saucepan over high. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring constantly until sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Syrup may be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Step 3

To make the slushies, in batches, combine half of the frozen juice cubes, half of the vodka, and 1/4 cup of the salted simple syrup in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth, but still frozen. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Step 4

Dip the rims of serving glasses in grapefruit juice, then in salt to coat the rims. Spoon 1 cup of the slushy mixture into each glass and enjoy immediately.

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