Brian Lorusso from Dogwood Southern Table  in Charlotte, NC shows us how to make the Salty Dog.   The salt on the rim gives this classic cocktail a kick and is the major difference between a Salty Dog and a Greyhound. Brian adds grapefruit bitters and SanPellegrino Pompelmo to this cocktail to give it a distinct twist of his own. 

When choosing music for this video somehow I stumbled upon the song "Salty Dog Blues" one of the all-time bluegrass favorites. Curious, I did a little more research on the song and found that is usually associated with the Morris Brothers "Let Me Be Your Salty Dog," which later became the bluegrass standard "Salty Dog Blues."

The song was recorded in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in 1935 by the Morris Brothers. It was written by Zeke Morris, but both brothers actually arranged it. Wiley Morris explained in a article by Wayne Erbson that "I have a different definition of a salty dog than Zeke has. Back when we were kids down in Old Fort we would see a girl we liked and say "I'd like to be her salty dog." There also used to be a drink you could get up in Michigan. All you had to do was say "Let me have a Salty Dog," and they'd pour you one."

There were are a  number of renditions of this song to be found on the internet and the version chosen for the video is by one man and a guitar, Mississippi John Hurt.

So there you go, a little Carolina history to go with this Dogwood Southern Table customer favorite.

2 oz. Reyka Vodka
SanPellelligrino Pompelmo
Fresh Grapefruit Joice
Scrappy's Grapefruit Bitters
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt  

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