In studying the Greyhound/Salty Dog cocktail in depth, it occurred to me that there may be a way to really accentuate the fresh grapefruit flavor by using a gin which really emphasizes grapefruit among its botanicals.
I’ve previously spoken very highly of Brecuklen Distilling’s Breucklen Gin. It has a slightly higher alcohol percentage than other gins. At 90 proof it stands mixing extremely well.
I felt based on the first time tasting it that the dominant flavor in this gin was the grapefruit. While other gins dabble in this flavor, Breucklen is the boldest that I have yet had.
So how did the cocktail work? Grapefruit + grapefruit = grapefruit. The outcome of this rather obvious (in hindsight) equation is that the drink takes on a “one note” character. The thing that is lacking is that spicy juniper punch that normally balances the greyhound.
This is why I took the Salty Dog approach and added a bit of kosher salt to the rim. The salt takes the edge off the grapefruit a little bit, but it wasn’t enough to really balance the cocktail.
Breucklen Gin works well in so many cocktails, but in this case I think my cocktail concept suffered from a little bit too much of a good thing.