A classic Greyhound cocktail is just vodka (or gin) and grapefruit juice, and it’s just as fruity and refreshing as it sounds. Add a salted rim and you’ll have a “Salty Dog.”

A Greyhound cocktail next to a carafe of grapefruit juice.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Greyhound Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for a greyhound cocktail.

Ingredient notes

  • Vodka: Greyhound cocktails were originally made with gin, but as vodka overtook it in popularity, vodka became the popular choice for Greyhounds and other cocktails.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add vodka and grapefruit juice.
Mixing a Greyhound cocktail.
  1. Using a bar spoon, stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Mixing a Greyhound cocktail.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • Glassware: A Greyhound is traditionally made in an Old Fashioned glass, a 6-ounce to 10-ounce glass tumbler similar to a rocks glass or lowball glass.
  • Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) vodka and 40 ounces (5 cups) grapefruit juice in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, and lemon twists on hand so guests can help themselves.
  • Salty dog: Add a salted rim to your Greyhound cocktail.
  • Paloma: Substitute 2 ounces tequila for the vodka, reduce grapefruit juice to 4 ounces, add 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and garnish with a lime wedge and a pinch of salt.
  • Sea Breeze: Substitute a highball glass, increase grapefruit juice to 6 ounces, add 2 ounces cranberry juice cocktail, and garnish with a lime wedge.
A Greyhound cocktail next to a carafe of grapefruit juice.

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A greyhound cocktail.

Greyhound

A classic Greyhound cocktail is just vodka (or gin) and grapefruit juice, and it's just as fruity and refreshing as it sounds. Add a salted rim and you'll have a "Salty Dog."
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 min
Total Time 1 min
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 164

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka (3 tablespoons, see note 1)
  • 5 ounces grapefruit juice (¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 lemon or lime twist for garnish

Instructions 

  • Fill a rocks glass with ice, then add vodka and grapefruit juice. Using a bar spoon, stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Notes

  1. Vodka: Greyhound cocktails were originally made with gin, but as vodka overtook it in popularity, vodka became the popular choice for Greyhounds and other cocktails.
  2. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  3. Glassware: A Greyhound is traditionally made in an Old Fashioned glass, a 6-ounce to 10-ounce glass tumbler similar to a rocks glass or lowball glass.
  4. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 12 ounces (1 ½ cups) vodka and 40 ounces (5 cups) grapefruit juice in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, and lemon twists on hand so guests can help themselves.
  5. Salty dog: Add a salted rim to your Greyhound cocktail.
  6. Paloma: Substitute 2 ounces tequila for the vodka, reduce grapefruit juice to 4 ounces, add 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and garnish with a lime wedge and a pinch of salt.
  7. Sea Breeze: Substitute a highball glass, increase grapefruit juice to 6 ounces, add 2 ounces cranberry juice cocktail, and garnish with a lime wedge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 231mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 39mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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