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Local Libations: White Salty Dog

2011 February 4

By Kat Durant

After reading Sarah’s recipe for Carrot Basil & Quiche I was feeling the potential of a carroty cocktail coming on but, much just as Sarah happened upon fresh Basil in the dead of winter I have also stumbled upon something exciting that I cannot resist experimenting with. It’s White Dog Mash #1 from Buffalo Trace Distilleries!

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White dog is the term used to describe whiskey when it comes off the still, before it goes into the barrel.
Essentially it is un-aged or virgin whiskey, you can read more about White Dog in Max Watman’s Huffington Post article. I bought this White Dog Mash #1 without having a clue about what “white dog” was. Perusing my local liquor store shelves, the cool yet generic label caught my eye – so I bought it, following my label intuitions.

After having a sample and recovering form the 125 proof burn of this white hot whiskey, I started in on a search for what others were making of this unusual libation.  The reviews were inconsistent but one element that repeatedly surfaced in a collection of opinions was it’s distinct yeasty flavor… hmmm. Yeasty to you but, to me it’s flavor is hands down the Jelly Belly flavor – buttered popcorn. Weird right? But so True!! This distinct flavor sent me on a hunt for Jelly Belly recipes that could assist in getting my creative juices flowing to accompany this flavor with success.

1 Top Banana + 1 Cinnamon + 1 Buttered Popcorn + 2 Orange Juice + 2 Peach = Yukky Pie… hmmmm
1 Bubble Gum + 1 Buttered Popcorn + 1 Root Beer = Movie Theater Floor…What?

Okay – so this was not the direction of inspiration I was looking for.

I returned to my bottle and took another sip. Pondering – white dog… buttery popcorn… salted popcorn… Salty Dog. Bingo! Grapefruit and White Dog with a salted rim, a variation of the traditionally vodka based cocktail – Salty Dog. With a grapefruit on hand from my neighbors tree I dove right in – it was a gamble but the flavors really paid off

White Salty Dog

Prep time: 5 mintues

Yield: 1 serving

Tools: paring knife, juicer, shot glass, saucer plate


  • 1 grapefruit
  • salt, to cover rim
  • 1 1/2 oz. White Dog Mash
  • ice

Cooking Directions

  1. Peel garnish from grapefruit
  2. Pour salt into plate
  3. Cut grapefruit in half and rim glass with juice
  4. Salt the edge of the glass
  5. Place grapefruit peel and ice in glass
  6. Add 1 ½ oz of White Dog Mash
  7. Juice entire grapefruit into glass
  8. Stir and enjoy!

The grapefruit perfectly tamed the backlash of the 125 proof liquor. The combination of  salt and grapefruit with this  particular whiskey made for an extremely refreshing experience with a pleasant depth that its cousin vodka lacks. This combination cuts right through the pungent aromas of the whiskey for a dynamic and unusual flavor experience. If you are not a fan of Salty Dogs, a Salty White Dog just might do the the trick!