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The Australian Salty Dog has been a popular rum drink in Australia since its invention in 1871. The drink consists of rum and salt water, traditionally gathered fresh from the ocean.

The drink is regularly enjoyed during the summer months by beach goers, best enjoyed with mates around a BBQ.


  • 40 ml (one shot) Spiced Rum (Australian preferred)
  • 100 ml (2 1/2 shots) Sea Water (Salt Water may be substituted; see below).


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes or crushed ice
  2. Pour Spiced Rum into glass with ice
  3. Fill with sea water
  4. Stir to chill
  5. Garnish with Lemon Wedge (optional)
  6. Serve with swizzle stick

Salt Water[]

When sufficiently clean sea water is not available, salt water may be substituted.


  • 1 quart (32 oz) or liter of water
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz.) of salt


  1. Combine ingredients
  2. Stir or shake until salt is fully dissolved.
  3. Adjust to taste


Alcohol and sea/salt water can individually dehydrate the body; water is recommended afterwards to stave off dehydration.