10 Cocktails Named After Dogs

Alright, you boozehounds (21+ please), perk up those ears because we’ve got a handy, dandy new guide we just know you’ll adore: 10 dog-related cockTAILS. Guess we know what you’ll be doing this weekend…

(Editor’s note: Do not attempt to make and drink all of these in one night. Your pooch will be concerned if you spend the night with your head in his drinking bowl (i.e., the toilet).)

1. The Greyhound

Fill a glass with ice and pour in your vodka. Add grapefruit juice. Stir. Then garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

 2. The Salty Dog

  • 1.5 oz gin (or vodka, depending on your preference)
  • 3 oz grapefruit juice
  • Rimming salt

Rim a glass with salt and fill the glass with ice. Add booze and grapefruit juice. Garnish with a lime or cherry if you’re feeling fancy.

3. The Salty Chihuaha

The exact same drink as the Salty Dog, but with tequila as your booze. Garnish with lime or grapefruit, depending on what you’re into.

4. The Pomeranian

  • 1.5 oz pomegranate vodka
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass full of ice, and then garnish adorably with a bit of mint.

5. The Bloodhound Martini

  • 1/3 oz gin
  • 1/3 oz French vermouth
  • 1/3 oz Italian vermouth

Shake well, and strain before drinking. Add strawberries as garnish.

6. The Great Dane

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz cherry brandy
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 tsp kirsch

Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in all ingredients and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon or lime peel. (There’s also a version of this with aquavit, if that’s more your jam.)

7. The Bulldog Smash (difficulty points awarded)

  • Half a lemon
  • Half a peach, pitted
  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar cane syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • .75 oz Cointreau

In a shaker, muddle your lemon, peach, mint, and sugar cane syrup. Add the bourbon and Cointreau. Fill your shaker with ice. Shake, strain into a glass, and fill that with crushed ice. Garnish with an extra sprig of mint for flair. (We’re exhausted just writing this down. We hereby award bonus points to anyone who actually makes this delicious thing.)

8. The Asta Collins (editor’s pick!)

  • 2 oz vodka
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • .5 oz campari
  • Splash of soda water

Shake, strain, and top with soda water. Then garnish with a lime wheel for a touch of class.

This one is a riff on the Astor Martini and is named after Asta, the wonderful dog in The Thin Man (a hilarious, fast-talking movie made right after Prohibition ended  so the cast is drinking or hungover in every single scene). If you haven’t seen it yet, we insist that you do.

9. Houndstooth

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .75 oz endive syrup
  • .5 oz fresh lime juice
  • Dash of celery bitters
  • Splash of club soda

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a glass also full of ice. Top with a splash of club soda. We have no idea why this one comes with a food hat, but it does. We excluded that part of the recipe, but if you’re super interested in a drink that comes wearing a tiny boat of endive, basil, and cherry tomatoes, you can get the full recipe here.

10. The Regal Beagle

  • 1 ½ oz  vodka
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 5 oz grapefruit juice
  • Splash of dry white wine

Muddle lime with honey and add ice. Pour vodka and grapefruit juice over the top and add a splash of wine. Stir a bit. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Inspired yet? Leash up your pooch and head to a dog-friendly liquor store – we’ve got plenty to choose from in our directory!

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