Summer Sippers

Dear Fancy Bar Chef,

This summer I want to sip on refreshing drinks such as the Salty Dog or the Greyhound. But I always get them mixed up. I know I like one of them … or both of them. All I know is, I don’t know. Please help!

Myke in Columbia

Dear Myke,

You are not the only one bamboozled by these two cocktails. Many patrons confuse them, and so do many bartenders. In fact, there is a “family” of cocktails that often get confused; it includes the Greyhound, the Salty Dog, the Sea Breeze and the Bay Breeze.

So Myke, let me set the record straight for you and everyone else out there:

  • The Greyhound is gin and grapefruit juice.
  • The Salty Dog is vodka and grapefruit juice with a salted rim.
  • The Sea Breeze is vodka, grapefruit juice and cranberry juice.
  • The Bay Breeze is vodka, pineapple juice and cranberry juice.

As you can see these drinks are very similar to each other; no wonder there has been so much confusion over the years. Now, of course if you’ve been drinking Greyhounds all your life with a salted rim, don’t worry — you still can! It’s all in what you like! Remember, we’re not saving lives here; we’re just trying to have some fun! So don’t take it all too seriously.

The Fancy Bar Chef
The Salty Dog
1½ ounces vodka
Top with grapefruit juice
Salted rim and lime garnish

The Greyhound
1½ ounces gin
Top with grapefruit juice
Lime garnish

Try it with a salted rim — it’s good! We’ll call it … The Cocker Spaniel?

The Sea Breeze
1½ ounces vodka
Equal parts grapefruit juice and cranberry juice
Lime garnish

The Bay Breeze
1½ ounces vodka
Equal parts pineapple juice and cranberry juice
Lime garnish

Aaron Brown tends bar at Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar in downtown Columbia and at The Bridge in the North Village Arts District. Every month you can find him in the pages of Inside Columbia, concocting tasty drinks you can make at home. Follow the Fancy Bar Chef on Facebook ( and Twitter (@roontaaron).

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