9 Dog-Inspired Cocktails You’ll Love!

In honor of the Westminster Dog Show, we're serving up cocktails deserving of Best in Show.

Whether you are putting on a Westminster Dog Show soiree, a dog-themed birthday bash or you just want to show off your love of all things dog at the bar, we’ve collected dog-inspired cocktails that are sure to get tails (and tongues) wagging at your next doggie event.

Warning: These drinks may make you want to shake it out on the dance floor, snuggle up to someone you love, sniff a stranger or play endless rounds of fetch. We recommend drinking with food, bury a snack or two behind the couch, in a shoe, or under a rug so you can find it when you are ready. Drink responsibly; while these drinks may make you want to drive sheep, it’s never okay to drink and drive.

Dog-Inspired Cocktails. Photo by Samantha Meyers

While these drinks may make you think of your favorite, furry friend, please keep in mind that these concoctions are for human adults only and are not for dogs or children. If you’d like to share them with a younger crowd, a few of these recipes can be adapted and served without the alcohol by adding juice or soda instead. 


This cocktail has a delicious scent that we’re sure any Bloodhound’s nose would appreciate. It will have you drooling like the breed in no time! The mix of dry and sweet is a perfect nod to the breed’s stubborn, but lovable disposition.  

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part dry vermouth
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • 2 or 3 crushed Strawberries 

Shake over ice and strain into glass. Serve with a fresh strawberry. Recipe from 12BottleBar


dog-inspired cocktail mixing. Photo by Samantha MeyersLike the Bulldog, this drink is full of delicious surprises. Sweet and soft on the edges, it’s still a strong-willed Bulldog in the end.

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • ginger ale 

Pour Gin over a glass of ice. Add orange juice, top with ginger ale and stir. Recipe from ShauntheBartender

Chihuahua or Salty Chihuahua

This drink is as spirited as a real Chihuahua. Just like the tiny breed, it packs a punch and is sure to delight.

  • 1 shot tequila
  • grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash Salt (leave out if you just want to make a Chihuahua)

Pour tequila over ice in a cocktail glass. Fill with grapefruit juice and add a dash of salt. Recipe from DrinksMixer

French Bulldog

Like its namesake, this drink takes a bit of work, but once you have given it the love and attention it deserves, you’ll find it’s well worth it. Just like Bulldogs it’s always fun to share the love, this recipe makes enough for a friend or two.

  • 4-6 oz. Bulldog Gin
  • 1 oz. elderflower syrup
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. crème de cassis
  • 2-3 sage leaves

Fill cocktail shaker with ice add gin, elderflower syrup, and simple syrup. Strain contents into martini glass. Carefully add creme de cassis and garnish with sage leaves. Recipe from EDrinkRecipe

Poodle Cocktail. Photo by Samantha MeyersGreat Dane

While this drink may not measure up to the Great Dane in size, but it’s big on flavor. This Dane is just as dependable, sweet and even-tempered as the breed.

                • 1 oz aquavit
                • 1/2 oz cherry brandy
                • 1/2 oz orange bitters
                • splash of cranberry juice

Mix ingredients in a shaker. Strain and serve. Recipe from MakeMeACocktail 


Sleek and classy, just like the dog breed. This straightforward and refreshing drink is simple to make:

                •  2 oz vodka
                • 5 oz grapefruit juice

Serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge. Recipe from About



Light and spunky, this drink will get you bouncing off the walls with the excitement of a Pomeranian. 

    • 2 fl oz white rum
      • 1 fl oz pomegranate juice
        • 1/2 fl oz triple sec
          • 1/2 fl oz fresh lemon juice1/4 fl oz grapefruit juice

            Add ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Strain and pour into glass. Recipe here.


            Pomeranian Cocktail



            Also knows as the Salty Dog, this drink is like the Poodle, a classic.  Like all Poodles, it’s lovely to look at, but at the core is a solid beverage that always delivers.

            • 3/4  cup pink grapefruit juice
            • 1-1 1/2  oz gin or vodka
            • coarse sea salt, for rimming glass

            Rim glass with coarse salt, mix drink over ice. Recipe from KitchenCounters.

            If you’ve had one too many dog-themed cocktails, this famous hangover cure might be just the right match. 

            Hair of the Dog

            Surprisingly, there is no actual dog hair in this recipe. Although, if you are making it in our house, you may find one or two. 

            • 6 oz Bulldog Gin
            • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
            • 2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
            • slice of chili pepper

            Pour into an ice-filled shaker. Strain into glass and top with chili pepper. Recipe from About


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