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Cocktail glass with salty dog cocktail garnished with pink sea salt and beef jerkey

Cowboy Cocktail, Salty Dog With Saddle Leather

This cocktail has been on the menu of Denver's Famous Fort Restaurant since 1963. The "saddle leather" is a stick of buffalo or beef jerky garnishing each glass.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 170kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups Grapefruit juice
  • 6 ounces gin or vodka
  • 1 tablespoon pink sea salt or regular salt
  • 4 sticks buffalo or beef jerky for garnish. It must be pliable.


  • Dampen each glass rim and press the rims in salt. Pour all ingredients over ice cubes in 4 highball glasses. Stir well. Garnish with jerky and serve.


Carbonated Grapefruit Juice makes this a special treat.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1768mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg