The Greyhound cocktail is a tasty tart cocktail featuring grapefruit juice and gin. Add a salted rim and make a Salty Dog! Here’s how to make it.
Here’s a refreshingly tart drink: the Greyhound cocktail! It’s citrusy and light, perfect as a brunch drink or for sipping at happy hour. It works in any season: it can be beachy for summer, or throw in a rosemary branch and use winter citrus! This dog-themed cocktail has just a few ingredients and is easy to mix up! Alex and I love making this classic gin cocktail for entertaining. Ready to taste?
What’s in a Greyhound cocktail?
The birth of the Greyhound cocktail was between the 1900’s and 1930’s. The original drink was made with gin, but over time a vodka variation was born. Why is it called a Greyhound cocktail? It’s named after the bus company of the same name! It was served as a popular restaurant in Greyhound bus terminals called “Post House” (source). What’s in the drink?
- Gin or vodka
- Grapefruit juice
- Simple syrup (optional)
How to make a Greyhound cocktail (3 basic steps!)
Ready to try this grapefruit cocktail? Here’s how to make it:
- Add ice to a glass. If you want to get fancy, try making our Clear Ice in advance (it’s what’s shown in the photos here).
- Shake in a cocktail shaker. Take that gin and grapefruit juice and shake it together in a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes. In this recipe we add 1 dash simple syrup or maple syrup, which rounds out the flavor (otherwise it’s very tart).
- Strain into a glass and add ice. Strain the drink into the glass and add ice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge! If desired, add a fresh rosemary as another garnish.
Variations on the Greyhound
There are a few drinks that are similar to the Greyhound:
- Salty Dog adds a salt rim!
- Vodka Greyhound combines vodka and grapefruit juice instead!
- Dalmatian uses vodka and black pepper syrup
- Italian Greyhound uses vodka and Campari instead of gin
Speaking of vodka and grapefruit juice…the Sea Breeze Cocktail also uses it! It combines them with cranberry juice for a brilliantly beautiful drink.
Serve it tart, or balance with a dash of sweet!
The official definition of the Greyhound cocktail does not include sweetness. As a rule, Alex and I prefer drinks that are very tart. But with this one, we felt it needed just a little sweetness to balance it. Often we use a little drizzle of maple syrup into the drink: we always have it onhand, and it adds a nice complexity of flavor. (It doesn’t taste like maple: promise!) Or you can make your own simple syrup.
When to serve a Greyhound cocktail
The Greyhound cocktail is refreshing and tart; it’s perfect as a:
- Happy hour drink
- Dinner party drink
- Brunch drink (Mother’s Day, etc)
- Bridal shower drink or bachelorette party drink
- Girls night drink
- Summer drink
Classic Greyhound Cocktail
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink 1x
The Greyhound cocktail is a tasty sweet tart cocktail featuring grapefruit juice and gin. Add a salted rim and make a Salty Dog! Here’s how to make it.
- 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) gin (or vodka for a Vodka Greyhound)
- 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup or maple syrup, optional
- For the garnish: Grapefruit wedge and rosemary (optional)
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Place the gin, grapefruit juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes and shake until cold.
- Strain it into the glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary branch (if desired).
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Shaken
- Cuisine: Cocktails
Keywords: Greyhound Cocktail
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- Classic Mojito It’s perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.
- Tom Collins Cocktail This popular gin cocktail that’s light and bubbly! Here’s how to make this refreshing drink: and don’t forget the cherry.
Want another fruity cocktail? This Watermelon Cocktail with Gin is vibrant and refreshing, featuring sweet watermelon, lemon, mint, and gin.