Savory Gin Martini Salted Rim

The Savory Gin Martini

Why, oh why, would you every make the Savory Gin Martini? Well, you would if you like salt and sweet and super subtle flavors. This drink is unremarkable if you want something to punch your lights out, but highly enjoyable if you are looking for smooth flavors. In a fancy martini glass.

Savory Gin Martini Ingredients
Savory Gin Martini Ingredients – use fresh squeezed for best results!

I find that the amount of grenadine greatly influences the flavor of this drink, and even the smallest amount can easily balance the sheer volume of tart in this drink.

The Savory Gin Martini

Sweet and salty in a gin drink? Sure! The smooth and subtle flavors of the Savory Gin Martini do just that.


  • 3 Oz. Grapefruit juice
  • 1.5 Oz. Gin London Dry is a great choice
  • .75 Oz. Lemon juice
  • .75 Oz. Grenadine Make your own for a richer flavor
  • Pinch Salt
  • 5 Dashes Bitters or orange bitters


  • Chill your martini glass
  • Use a lemon wedge to wet the edge of your glass
  • Roll in salt to rim the edge
  • Add all of your ingredients into a shaker with ice.
  • Shake!
  • Strain into your empty glass and enjoy.

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How to change up your Savory Gin Martini

The most obvious way to change things up, as I see it, is to make your own grenadine. This is easily done, and what you end up with is a rich pomegranate flavor without the high fructose corn syrup.

You can also nix the grenadine altogether and use a simple syrup if you like, forsaking the varying shades of pink that grenadine creates.

Home made grenadine ingredients
Home made grenadine is sugar and pomegranate juice. So easy.

Because some have described this drink as “unremarkable” and others as “salty candy in a glass”, you can also play with proportions to make this your own.

Definitely up the gin and nix some of the grapefruit for a more martini flavor. Lower the amount of grenadine used to lessen the sweet. Add more lemon to raise up the tart factor.

Savory Gin Martini with Salt and Lemon
Savory Gin Martini with Salt and Lemon

You could also play with the salt rim on your glass. Add some chili powder, some dried spices, some whatever to the rim to adjust things to your liking. A little heat never hurt anyone, right?

Savory Gin Martini 2
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