As promised, my first of many must-try cocktails debuts today—and it’ll make you happy you followed last week’s advice to set up your own at-home bar with suggestions from O.C.’s cocktail maven Gabrielle Dion.
A few weeks back, I stopped into Newport Beach’s Fly ‘N’ Fish Oyster Bar to try the Salty Dog ($10). Don’t be deceived by the name. At first glance of their menu, I wasn’t convinced the cocktail was for me, but after getting the bartender’s recommendation, I gave it a try. Cool, refreshing, tart, and salty with a hint of sweetness, this cocktail was surprisingly delicious, and the perfect accompaniment to a hot summer day—with a sampling of oysters!
Served on the rocks, with salt, and made with Absolut vodka and freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, it has quickly moved to the top of my list as a quick go-to favorite that’s sure to satisfy. Described as a vintage beach cocktail, it reminded me of a sophisticated take on a Screwdriver with a salty twist.
Clean and simple, the Salty Dog is the epitome of “less is more” and proof that a cocktail doesn’t need a laundry list of complicated steps or ingredients to make a statement.
Fly ‘N’ Fish Oyster Bar, 2304 W. Oceanfront, Newport Beach, 949-673-8400, flynfishoysterbar.com