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Celery Salty Dog

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 35 mins

Serves 5 (serving size: about 1 cup)

A traditional Salty Dog cocktail is comprised of vodka and grapefruit juice served in a glass with a salted rim. This non-alcoholic take on the classic brings a peppery twist into the mix with the addition of a celery simple syrup and bitters for depth. Dynmic and refreshing, this is sweet and salty sip is a must-make.


  • 3 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 3/4 cups red grapefruit juice
  • 5 teaspoons nonalcoholic bitters (such as Bittermilk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 174
  • fat 0.2 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 41 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 194 mg
  • calcium 17 mg
  • sugars 36 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 20 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove pan from heat; cool completely. Strain and discard solids.

  2. To prepare each cocktail, combine 3 tablespoons celery syrup, 3/4 cup juice, and 1 teaspoon bitters in a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Rim 5 glasses with kosher salt, and fill with ice. Divide the celery mixture evenly among glasses.