GBC + A Salty Dog

Sometimes you just really need a drink. For me, this past Sunday was one of those days. It had been a long, rough weekend at work. I stopped at the grocery store, and then went to the liquor store, came home, made a drink, sat down and watched the sun go down. It was very needed.


This amazing weather we’ve been having in Vancouver means we are in patio season full-swing. Whether on your own patio, at your friend’s, or at home in New Brunswick watching the snow come down (in April!), make a few of these and think of the summer days ahead. Or, just try to chill out after a hard day at work.

These cocktails are both gin-based, which is essentially the only liquor I can drink. I used Tanqueray, but would also recommend Beefeater, Bombay, or Hendricks if you’re feeling fancy. Also, feel free to make your drink a single or a double, just proportion the rest of the ingredients appropriately.

Also, while Eric (boyfriend and newly-appointed Bar Manager) shakes his head at the Salty Dog, he did enjoy the CBG. However, he is much more of an Old Fashioned kind of guy.


Yields: 1 serving


  • coarse salt (I used pink Himalayan salt)
  • ice cubes
  • 1 oz. Tanqueray gin
  • 2-3 oz. pink grapefruit juice
  • lime wedge or wheel


  1. Grind salt onto a small plate. Wet the rim of the glass (I use the lime wedge), and then gently dip the rims into the salt to coat lightly.
  2. Fill glass with ice cubes, then add gin and top with grapefruit juice. Add lime and serve.


YIELDS: 1 serving


  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar (or simple syrup)
  • 1 oz. Tanqueray gin
  • lime juice to taste
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup tonic


  1. Rolling the two basil leaves together, slice into smaller pieces.
  2. In your glass, add sugar and basil, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the basil leaves and 2 cucumber slices, and muddle 5-10 times.
  4. Add lime juice to taste (I squeezed one lime wedge)
  5. Add ice cubes, top with tonic.
  6. Make a small cut half-way through your last cucumber slice, placing it in the rim of the glass. You can add an additional basil leaf if you wish.




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