Given its noticeable flavor, the folks at Karlsson's suggest drinking their vodka on the rocks with a grind of black pepper, the subtle heat an illuminating counterpoint to the spirit's clean notes. It's a lovely preparation, but I wanted to take the flavors even further, deepening the spice and picking up on some of the citrus notes in the vodka's finish. The result is the Dalmatian, a decidedly dark riff on the Salty Dog (that old college-party standby of vodka, grapefruit juice, and a salted rim). An ounce and a half of Karlsson's meets an equal part of fiery black pepper simple syrup; they're shaken with fresh grapefruit juice, and served over ice. Coral-pink and slightly opaque, the Dalmatian looks demure, but it packs serious heat: bitter and sweet, earthy and deep, with a slow, lingering burn from the vodka and pepper. It's one of those drinks that makes you look at the glass in wonderment after your first sip. The Dalmatian is a dog with bite.