Greyhound Cocktail

by | Mar 18, 2020 | All, Breakfast & Brunch, Gin, Vodka

Move over Bloody Mary, there’s a new drink in town for weekend brunch. We’re shaking things up and serving this refreshing and easy Greyhound Cocktail instead.

Low ball glass filled with ice, grapefruit juice, gin and garnished with fresh rosemary and a grapefruit wedge on a dark background

All brunches should include a signature cocktail and they don’t get any easier that this  Greyhound Cocktail at Sunday brunch. Bright colors and bright flavors – how can you go wrong?

What is a Greyhound Cocktail?

It is a refreshing, simple drink made with grapefruit juice and gin. Because the ingredient list is so short, you truly must use the best ingredients. 

And that means using freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a gin you love. When you add your favorite gin to that perfectly sweetened grapefruit juice, you get a fabulous Greyhound.

I mean, what’s not to love? It’s pretty, easy to make and tastes delicious. 

It can make any day seem just a little brighter.  Now that, my friends, is my kind of brunch cocktail.

3/4 angle of low ball glass and shaker filled with grapefruit juice and gin on a dark grey coaster with a slate gray background.

Where did the name come from?

As with all cocktails, the history of it is a little muddy. The first printed recipe of the Greyhound cocktail was in The Savoy Cocktail book in 1930 and was created by Harry Craddock, renowned English bartender in the 20s and 30s. 

In 1945, after prohibition ended, Harpers Bazaar printed the recipe swapping out the gin for vodka and called it the Greyhound because it was served in the restaurants located in Greyhound bus terminals.

How to make a Greyhound

Making a greyhound is easy, especially when you follow these easy steps:

  1. Fill a shaker with ice
  2. Add freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and gin
  3. Shake well to combine
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with fresh thyme and fresh grapefruit chunk and serve immediately.
Greyhound drinks in low ball glasses on dark gray coasters with fresh grapefruit for a garnish.

Fresh or bottled grapefruit juice

To make an outstanding rather than average greyhound, please, please, please use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

Here’s why: Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is perfectly sweet on its own. It’s not bitter and acidic like some of the cartons you can buy. And it’s the difference between making a good cocktail and a fabulous cocktail.

So do me a favor and leave the juice from the carton in the refrigerator on this one. Especially since squeezing fresh citrus juice is EASY to do at home and you don’t need a juicer! 

This reamer is a workhorse in my kitchen, but if you prefer to keep the pulp out of your drinks, this hand juicer is your new best friend.

Trust me, the fresh grapefruit juice is a game-changer in this drink.

Gin or vodka

You can use either gin or vodka in this cocktail. Either one works great; it’s totally a personal choice.

Gin was originally used in this drink because vodka was not a common alcohol before 1945. Many drinks that use currently have vodka as the star originated with gin, so go with your preference.

 Even better, set both liquors (vodka and gin) out at brunch so your guests have options and can serve themselves!

Variations of the Greyhound Cocktail

  • Salty Dog: It’s easy to be confused by these two cocktails. The only difference between them is the addition of a salted rim on the Salty Dog.
  • Vodka Greyhound: You guessed it, swap out the gin and replace it with vodka and you have a vodka greyhound.
  • Dalmatian: Add some black pepper syrup and club soda to a Greyhound and you get a Dalmatian.
  • Italian Greyhound: Replace the gin with Campari and vodka for a little bit of Italy in a glass.
Greyhound cocktails in low ball glasses with lots of ice, fresh rosemary for a garnish along with a fresh grapefruit wedge.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a Bloody Mary as much as the next person. 

But there’s something about the brightness of citrus that makes me think of bright, sunny days. What’s not to love? It’s pretty, easy to make and tastes delicious.

It can make any day seem just a little brighter. And any cocktail that can do that is always a win. I’ll drink to that! 


Close up image of pink grapefruit juice in a low ball glass on a dark background.

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Single low ball glass on a dark gray background filled with ice, grapefruit juice and gin. it is garnished with a fresh wedge of grapefruit and fresh rosemary.
Yield: Makes 1 cocktail

Greyhound Cocktail

Low ball glass filled with ice, grapefruit juice, gin and garnished with fresh rosemary and a grapefruit wedge on a dark background

Move over Bloody Mary, there’s a new drink in town for Sunday brunch. We’re shaking things up and serving this Greyhound Cocktail instead.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 5 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin or vodka
  • ice


  1. Squeeze the juice out of grapefruit halves into a large bowl and then pour through a strainer to remove pulp and seeds.
  2. Fill a highball glass with ice and set aside.
  3. Pour 5 ounces of grapefruit juice in a shaker filled with ice. Add gin or vodka and shake to combine.
  4. Strain into glass and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6.5 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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This post was originally published on March 5, 2015 and updated on March 18, 2020.

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      Thanks, Jenn! Fresh grapefruit is the best!

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      Me too!! This looks delicious. Going camping this weekend and going to try making this!

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    Ingredients do make such a difference!! I’d love it if you linked this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black.

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      Thanks, Lauren!

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    I’ve been craving grapefruit lately and have a few sitting on my counter. This cocktail just might be happening this weekend!

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      It definitely should happen.

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    What a gorgeous drink! I love the color of it and it definitely reminds me of spring! I just bought a bag of grapefruit too. 😀

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      Love when you already have the ingredients on hand! 🙂

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    …then now is probably not a good time to tell you that it is going to be 70 degrees here in Portland this weekend?

    I love it, but it is also concerning that we have not really had a winter this year. but I am looking forward to warm days, and although my brunch preference is a mimosa (who am I kidding, many mimosaii), I do love a Greyhound and this sounds great right now!

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    I love freshly sqeezed grapefruit juice in the winter. Seems to revive the senses. This cocktail is totally something I’d love.

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      We would brunch well together, Amanda!

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    Wow I made this same cocktail before and didnt get the color that you achieved! how beautiful! This was easily one of my favorite cocktails! 😉

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      Such a refreshing drink, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by, Alice!

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    I wouldn’t dream of using the frozen or pre-made stuff. Fresh is always best. Love the brightness of citrus.

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      Citrus makes everything brighter 🙂

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    So I know that fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is obviously the way to go. However, we are going on a camping trip this weekend and I’m just wondering if this cocktail would taste alright with vodka and a carton of grapefruit juice cocktail. I’m guessing that as long as the juice is sweetened it would be okay but just want an expert opinion before I go and buy the stuff. Let me know if you have any tips for me to make it work with store bought juice!! Thanks!

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      Hi Kayla,
      What a fun weekend! Yes, it will work with grapefruit juice in a carton perfectly fine, just know that the color will be a little different! Have fun camping!


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