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grapefruit and thyme salty dog spritz

either cocktail or mocktail, this refreshing drink will help you channel a warm day on the beach!

prep time10 minutes
cook time15 minutes
yield2 servings


thyme simple syrup:

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup water

8 sprigs thyme


1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims

¾ cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, from 1 grapefruit

½ cup vodka or gin, or, for a mocktail, extra grapefruit juice or sparkling water

1 ounce thyme simple syrup, recipe above

4 oz. sparkling water, divided

Fresh thyme and grapefruit wedges, for serving



For the thyme simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add thyme, and steep for 15 minutes.


Strain into an airtight container. Set aside until needed; the simple syrup can be refrigerated for up to one week.


Make the cocktail: Pour salt on a small saucer. Run grapefruit wedges around the outer rims of two glasses and roll the rims in the salt to coat. Set aside.


Combine the grapefruit juice, vodka, and thyme syrup in a shaker. Shake well.


Fill the salt-rimmed glasses with fresh ice and divide the drink between the two glasses. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh thyme and grapefruit wedges. Serve.