The Greyhound

The Greyhound cocktail is a popular mixed drink, and is one that is often ordered in bars and clubs. As with the Salty Dog, the cocktail can be made with gin or vodka; but it is quite puzzling as to why two different names for the cocktail have not been developed based on the alcoholic base. Generally speaking it is more common to find the Greyhound made with vodka than with gin but when making it at home either is of course perfectly acceptable.

-Ingredients for a Greyhound (one serving)
1 ½ fluid ounces of vodka (or gin)
5 fluid ounces of grapefruit juice

The Greyhound is normally served in a chilled highball glass, although, as with any cocktail, serving it in another glass when at home ultimately makes very little difference. 

To make the Greyhound, the vodka and grapefruit juice are added, along with crushed ice, into a cocktail shaker. The ingredients are then thoroughly shaken and the resulting mixture is then strained into the highball glass. Normally the Greyhound is served straight up, but many people do like the cocktail to be served with ice as well.

Whilst the Greyhound is a version of the Salty Dog, there are also a number of cocktails that have evolved from the Greyhound. There is the Pomegranate Greyhound, made from pomegranate vodka, triple sec, grapefruit juice and pomegranate juice; the Italian Greyhound, made with Campari bitters; the Fuzzy Greyhound, made with peach schnapps and club soda; and the Racing Greyhound, made with Red Bull.

The mixture of grapefruit juice and alcohol does make for a pleasant mixed drink, and the sharpness of the grapefruit when matched with the alcoholic content also makes for a refreshing drink, one that just deserves to be enjoyed on a hot summer’s day as you relax in the garden.