The Greyhound is a classic cocktail comprising only 2 ingredients – vodka or gin and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. It’s simple, refreshing, and easy to make, and that is all we need on a hot day. The first mention of the Greyhound cocktail is Harry Craddock’s classic – “The Savoy Cocktail Book”, published in 1930. Originally the recipe calls for gin and grapefruit juice, but around 1950, vodka became very popular in the U.S. and it slowly replaced the gin in this and many other recipes. Nowadays both spirits are common, so you can try the Greyhound both ways and decide how you prefer it, and if you add salt to the rim of the glass you get a whole different cocktail called “Salty Dog”.

In many bars, they use canned grapefruit juice, a method that has always been an insult to any cocktail. Greyhound is simple enough and since grapefruits always have a lot of juice, 1 will be enough for your drink. The beauty of this cocktail is in how simple it is, and it also allows you to add some changes without changing it. Flavored gin or vodka, for example, is always welcome. Put it straight in a cocktail glass or in a highball over ice and maybe add a bit of soda. Feel free to play with it until you find what suits you best.


Ingredients and preparation:

  1. 2 Ounces (60 ml) of vodka or gin.
  2. 4 Ounces (120 ml) of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
  3. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit or a lime wedge.


You can either:

Fill a highball or an Old Fashioned glass with ice, add the gin or vodka and grapefruit juice and stir until well chilled. Garnish and enjoy.


Put the ingredients in a shaker, fill with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.


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