Greyhound Cocktail Drink

Greyhound

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Greyhound Cocktail recipe provides all the essential ingredients. It’s simple to make and guarantees a delightful cocktail experience every time.

Greyhound Cocktail Recipe

Sip on this classic Greyhound Cocktail recipe! Crafted with vodka and fresh grapefruit juice, this refreshing cocktail is a must-have for sunny afternoons.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

196 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball or Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Highball or Collins glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 2 oz Vodka over the ice.
  • Add Grapefruit Juice: Pour approximately 5 oz fresh grapefruit juice to fill up the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to mix the ingredients.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a grapefruit slice or twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: Sometimes, I opt for gin when I want a more botanical touch to my Greyhound. The juniper notes of gin can play well with grapefruit.
  • Grapefruit Juice: In a pinch, I've used a blend of orange and lemon juice. It's different but still quite delightful.

Making a Pitcher of Greyhound Drink:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. So, you'd use 16 oz of vodka and 40 oz of grapefruit juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, mix the vodka and grapefruit juice.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled glasses, garnish with a grapefruit slice or twist, and enjoy!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: I've found that sparkling water or tonic gives the drink a pleasant fizziness in the absence of vodka.
  • Proceed As Usual: Using the non-alcoholic substitute for vodka, follow the original steps and savor a non-alcoholic Greyhound.

Making it Vegan:

The Greyhound drink is naturally vegan, as it doesn't contain any animal-derived ingredients. Just ensure that any added garnishes or sweeteners are vegan-friendly if you're experimenting!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
196
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Potassium
 
230
mg
7
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
10
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
38
mg
46
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Greyhound Cocktail Drink

Greyhound Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Sip on this classic Greyhound Cocktail recipe! Crafted with vodka and fresh grapefruit juice, this refreshing cocktail is a must-have for sunny afternoons.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 196

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball or Collins Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Highball or Collins glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 2 oz Vodka over the ice.
  • Add Grapefruit Juice: Pour approximately 5 oz fresh grapefruit juice to fill up the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to mix the ingredients.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a grapefruit slice or twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: Sometimes, I opt for gin when I want a more botanical touch to my Greyhound. The juniper notes of gin can play well with grapefruit.
  • Grapefruit Juice: In a pinch, I've used a blend of orange and lemon juice. It's different but still quite delightful.

Making a Pitcher of Greyhound Drink:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. So, you'd use 16 oz of vodka and 40 oz of grapefruit juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, mix the vodka and grapefruit juice.
  • Serve: Pour into individual ice-filled glasses, garnish with a grapefruit slice or twist, and enjoy!

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: I've found that sparkling water or tonic gives the drink a pleasant fizziness in the absence of vodka.
  • Proceed As Usual: Using the non-alcoholic substitute for vodka, follow the original steps and savor a non-alcoholic Greyhound.

Making it Vegan:

The Greyhound drink is naturally vegan, as it doesn't contain any animal-derived ingredients. Just ensure that any added garnishes or sweeteners are vegan-friendly if you're experimenting!

What is a Greyhound Cocktail?

Greyhound is a cocktail combining vodka and grapefruit juice. Many recognize it for its clean and refreshing taste, a perfect balance between citrusy tart and smooth spirit. Its origin is as clear as its ingredients, tracing back to American bars in the early 20th century. Though its name might suggest a connection to the sleek canine, the true roots of its moniker remain a topic of speculation. You don’t need to be a bar professional to appreciate a Greyhound Cocktail.

A side shot of a Greyhound cocktail in a highball glass on a black stone plate with a straw on the side placed on a white marmol table, and two half grapefruits on the background.

What is a Greyhound Cocktail made of – The ingredients

To get started with your Greyhound cocktail, gather these two ingredients:

  • Vodka: The primary spirit that provides the Greyhound its signature kick.
  • Grapefruit Juice: Adds a tart, citrusy freshness that contrasts and complements the vodka.

Vodka and grapefruit juice laid otu on a white bar table.

How do you make a Greyhound Cocktail?

Once you are ready to start mixing your Greyhound cocktail, follow our simple guide:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball or Collins glass with ice cubes, ensuring your drink remains cool.</p>

Start by filling a highball or Collins glass with ice cubes, ensuring your drink remains cool.

2
<p>Pour your chosen amount of vodka over the ice, laying the foundation for the cocktail’s strength.</p>

Pour your chosen amount of vodka over the ice, laying the foundation for the cocktail’s strength.

3
<p>Squeeze out the fresh grapefruit juice and pour it into the glass, introducing the drink’s signature citrus flavor.</p>

Squeeze out the fresh grapefruit juice and pour it into the glass, introducing the drink’s signature citrus flavor.

4
<p>Use a stirrer or a bar spoon to gently mix the ingredients, ensuring an even distribution of flavors.</p>

Use a stirrer or a bar spoon to gently mix the ingredients, ensuring an even distribution of flavors.

5
<p>Optionally, garnish the drink with a grapefruit slice or twist to enhance the visual appeal and aroma.</p>

Optionally, garnish the drink with a grapefruit slice or twist to enhance the visual appeal and aroma.

Best Vodka for a Greyhound Cocktail

Choosing the right vodka for your Greyhound can elevate the drink from good to exceptional. Think of vodka as the backbone here; it’s the base that carries the fresh tang of the grapefruit juice. When it comes to quality, Tito’s Handmade Vodka stands out with its smooth finish and neutral profile, making it a fantastic choice for the Greyhound. Another solid option is Ketel One, known for its crisp taste and slight hints of citrus, complementing the grapefruit seamlessly. For those willing to splurge a bit, Grey Goose offers a luxurious drinking experience with its ultra-smooth texture. Yet, if I had to pick one, I’d lean towards Tito’s for its consistent quality and affordability. It perfectly complements the grapefruit, ensuring every sip of your Greyhound is refreshing and well-balanced.

Greyhound Cocktail vs. Salty Dog

The Greyhound Cocktail and the Salty Dog are close cousins in the world of cocktails, but a few key distinctions set them apart. First, the primary difference lies in the rim: a Salty Dog features a salted rim, which gives the drink its name and an added savory kick. In contrast, the Greyhound doesn’t call for any salt on its rim. Both drinks use a combination of vodka and grapefruit juice, but that signature salted rim is what elevates a simple Greyhound to the more adventurous Salty Dog. So, if you’re craving that extra layer of flavor, go for the Salty Dog; otherwise, the clean and straightforward Greyhound might be more your speed.

What’s an Italian Greyhound Cocktail?

Italian Greyhound Cocktail is a variation of the classic Greyhound cocktail. The primary difference is the addition of Campari, an Italian aperitif known for its bitter and aromatic flavor. This ingredient gives the drink a deeper red hue and introduces a bitter-sweet complexity to the refreshing citrus base of the traditional Greyhound. The blend of vodka, grapefruit juice, and Campari makes the Italian Greyhound a unique and slightly more sophisticated twist on the original.

A Greyhound cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass with a straw on the side on a black stone plate placed on a white marmol table.

Can I use Gin or Rum for a Greyhound Cocktail?

Switching up the base spirit in a Greyhound can offer a delightful twist. Opting for gin introduces botanical notes to the drink, creating a more herbaceous undertone. Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire are two standout gin brands, with the former boasting a bold juniper profile and the latter offering a more balanced array of botanicals. On the other hand, using rum, particularly a white rum like Bacardi, imparts a sweeter, tropical hint that complements the grapefruit’s tangy notes. While both spirits lend their unique charm to the Greyhound, if I had to pick a personal favorite, I’d lean towards gin. Specifically, Bombay Sapphire’s balanced flavor profile makes it shine bright in this mix, producing a Greyhound that’s refreshingly crisp with just the right hint of complexity.

Greyhound CocktailVariations

In the mood for more variations? Try one of our recommendations:

  • Sparkling Greyhound: A fizzy twist comes into play here, using sparkling water or soda for effervescence. The refreshing and light touch shines on warm days. I find the added sparkle delightful; it injects a lively, uplifting character, perfect for outdoor events.
  • Ruby Red: Stands out with ruby red grapefruit juice, offering a sweeter, more vibrant citrus flavor. Its deeper color and richer flavor profile make it visually appealing and tantalizing to the taste buds.
  • Gin Greyhound: Swaps the traditional vodka base for gin, introducing a botanical complexity. The gin’s herbal notes complement the grapefruit’s tartness, creating a more nuanced and sophisticated experience.
  • Grapefruit Thyme: Infuses the classic with a hint of thyme, adding an aromatic and slightly earthy dimension. The thyme’s subtle, savory undertones pair beautifully with the grapefruit’s acidity.
  • Frozen Greyhound: Takes a chilled approach, blending the ingredients with ice for a slushy consistency. The frozen texture makes it exceptionally refreshing and ideal for hot summer days. I’m particularly drawn to its slushy form; it’s fun, playful, and a great way to cool down.
  • Tequila Greyhound: Replaces vodka with tequila, introducing a bold and slightly smoky undertone. The tequila’s distinctive flavor adds depth and a hint of warmth, making it a robust and invigorating choice.
  • Champagne Topper: Elevates the classic by topping it with champagne. The champagne adds a luxurious, bubbly element, transforming it into a celebratory and sophisticated option.
  • Lavender Infusion: Introduces a floral twist with a lavender infusion. The lavender’s delicate and fragrant qualities add a serene and soothing aspect, making it an elegant and calming selection.
  • Tonic Mixer: Combines the traditional ingredients with tonic water, adding a quinine bitterness. The tonic’s sharpness contrasts nicely with the grapefruit’s sweetness, offering a balanced and intriguing palate.

A side shot of a Greyhound cocktail in a highball glass with a straw on the side on a black stone plate placed on a white marmol table, and two half grapefruits on the background.

History and Origin of the Greyhound Cocktail

The history of the Greyhound Cocktail traces back to American bars in the early 20th century. While its precise origin remains a topic of speculation, many attribute its debut to the period following Prohibition. Grapefruit, still a relatively new fruit to many Americans in the early 1900s, began to gain popularity as transportation improvements made it easier to distribute.

The Greyhound first appeared in print in the “Savoy Cocktail Book” by Harry Craddock in 1930. Here, gin was the recommended spirit, not vodka. As vodka’s popularity surged in the U.S. post-World War II, it became the more common choice for the Greyhound, supplanting gin in this refreshing concoction.

The name “Greyhound” is also a subject of debate. Some say it got its name from the famous bus line because it was commonly served at post-Prohibition bus terminals. Others believe it’s a simple nod to the cocktail’s clear, grey hue resembling the coat of a Greyhound dog.

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FAQ

How many calories are typically in a Greyhound Cocktail?
A standard Greyhound Cocktail typically contains around 150-180 calories, depending on the exact measurements and specific ingredients used.
How strong is the Greyhound Cocktail?
The strength of a Greyhound Cocktail usually mirrors the strength of the vodka used, which often ranges between 35-50% ABV (70-100 proof).
What alcohol is primarily used in a Greyhound Cocktail?
Vodka serves as the primary alcohol in a Greyhound Cocktail.
In which type of glass is a Greyhound Cocktail typically served?
A Greyhound Drink is traditionally served in a highball or Collins glass.
What does a Greyhound Drink taste like?
The Greyhound Cocktail offers a refreshing balance of citrusy tartness from the grapefruit juice and a smooth spirit undertone from the vodka.
What is the usual ratio of vodka to grapefruit juice in a Greyhound?
Typically, the ratio is 1 part vodka to 2.5 parts grapefruit juice, but this can be adjusted based on personal preference.
How is the Greyhound Cocktail typically served in terms of ice and presentation?
The Greyhound Cocktail is customarily served over ice, ensuring the beverage remains chilled.
Are there any Pre-mixed Greyhound Cocktail available?
Yes, there are pre-mixed Greyhound drinks available from various beverage companies, making it convenient for those seeking the classic flavor without the mixology.

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