Dog-Inspired Cocktails For Your Next Big Get Together

Dog-Inspired Cocktails For Your Next Big Get Together

We love our dogs. It’s estimated that there are almost 90 million of our tail-wagging friends living with us in the US. And we love our cocktails. Why not combine these two loves? Here are several delicious drinks named after our canine companions.  

A Sunset Drink With Your Favorite Companion

There’s nothing like curling up on the sofa or sitting outside on your deck enjoying the early evening air, with your favorite canine. Adding a delicious cocktail makes it even more enjoyable.  So how about adding a cocktail with a canine twist? That tall and lanky greyhound is a great name for a tall drink – the Greyhound – a drink made with Vodka and grapefruit juice. Use Tito’s, the dog-lovers vodka. 

Fun With Dogs and Cocktails

Cocktail lovers who love dogs have clearly had a lot of fun naming their favorite drinks. The Pomeranian, for instance, is made with pomegranate juice. And if you love bulldogs with their smooshed in faces, you’ll know why the drink named after them is called The Bulldog Smash. And of course tequila comes to mind when making The Salty Chihuahua. Have you seen reruns of Three’s Company? Then you’ll love The Regal Beagle! If your special dog has moments of craziness or loves to chew your stuff you’ll think of him or her when you are sipping a Devil Dog cocktail. Some cocktails are even named after the breed itself. Want to raise a glass to your Bichon Frise? Combine an ounce of vodka, an ounce of St-Germain elderflower liqueur and two ounces of red grapefruit juice. Shake with ice and a lemon wedge and kick back and enjoy.    

Here are Five of Our Favorite Dog-Inspired Cocktails

The Greyhound

The Greyhound Cocktail
  • 1.5 oz vodka (try Tito’s Handmade Vodka)
  • 3 oz grapefruit juice

Fill a glass with ice and pour in your choice of vodka. Add the grapefruit juice and stir. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

The Bloodhound Martini

The Bloodhound Martini
  • 1/3 oz gin
  • 1/3 oz French vermouth
  • 1/3 oz Italian vermouth

Shake well, and strain before drinking. Add a strawberry as a garnish.

The Salty Chihuahua

The Salty Chihuahua Cocktail
  • 1.5 oz tequilla
  • 3 oz grapefruit juice
  • Rimming salt

This is very similar to a Salty Dog, but switch to tequila. Garnish with lime or grapefruit.

The Pomeranian

The Pomeranian Cocktail
  • 1.5 oz pomegranate vodka
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Shake all the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain the mixture into a glass full of ice. Garnish with mint.

The Great Dane

The Great Dane Cocktail
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz cherry brandy
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 tsp kirsch

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the ingredients and shake. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime peel.

Cocktails On The Bar

Honorable Mentions

These are also favorites, but just not as favorite as the other favorites. Does that make sense? Either way, these are some tasty alternatives that we should be sure to mention.

Bichon Frise Cocktail

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 2 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1 lemon wedge

The Salty Dog

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

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


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

The Regal Beagle

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

Taking it Further

Some dog lovers have taken their love of alcoholic drinks further and have named their dogs after their favorite drink. Here are some of the top names from 2019. Number one goes to Whiskey, followed by Porter, Guinness, Brandy and Amber. Hooch and Tipsy come in at numbers 14 and 24 respectively. Can you imagine yourself in your backyard calling Schnapps or Bloody Mary to come inside?

Loving That Special Dog

As much as we love a dog-themed cocktail, we know that you love your dog even more and want to take great care of them. At Sunset Veterinary Clinic we offer comprehensive pet care. Call us at 405-844-2888 or email us at [email protected] to schedule an appointment for your favorite furry friend. We’ll drink to that!

PS: If you drink, then be sure to drink responsibly!

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