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Greyhound
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The Greyhound cocktail is a refreshingly simple beverage that combines the clean, cool essence of vodka with the tart and slightly bitter citrus kick of grapefruit juice. This cocktail, often ... more The Greyhound cocktail is a refreshingly simple beverage that combines the clean, cool essence of vodka with the tart and slightly bitter citrus kick of grapefruit juice. This cocktail, often served in a whisky glass, is a staple in the repertoire of classic drinks. Its origins can be traced back to at least the 1930s, and it has remained popular due to its easy-to-love flavor profile and straightforward ingredients. The Greyhound is an excellent choice for those seeking a drink that is both uncomplicated and enjoyable, with a flavor that is at once familiar and distinctive.
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8% | 2 units *

Whisky glass

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Greyhound cocktail is a study in simplicity and balance, leveraging the crisp, neutral canvas of vodka to underscore the vibrant, zesty bite of grapefruit juice. This minimalist mix, cool and tart, offers a bracing refreshment that's particularly pleasing for those who appreciate the invigorating contrast between the smooth spirit and the citrus's lively tang.

Method
How to make a Greyhound

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the ingredients with ice to an old fashined glass
Stir and serve

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history or origin of the Greyhound cocktail?

The Greyhound cocktail is believed to have originated in the United States in the 1930s. Initially, it was simply a mixture of gin and grapefruit juice, served over ice. The substitution of vodka for gin became popular later, leading to the modern version of the cocktail. Its name is said to have been inspired by the Greyhound bus lines, symbolizing the cocktail's American roots and simplistic elegance.

FAQ

Can I use gin instead of vodka in a Greyhound cocktail?

Yes, you can use gin instead of vodka to make a Greyhound cocktail. This variation goes back to the original version of the cocktail. Using gin will give the cocktail a more botanical flavor profile compared to the cleaner taste of vodka.

FAQ

What is the best type of grapefruit juice to use for a Greyhound cocktail?

For the best flavor in a Greyhound cocktail, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is most recommended. It provides a fresher, more vibrant taste compared to store-bought juice. If pink grapefruit is available, it can add a sweeter, slightly tart flavor and a more visually appealing color to the drink.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishes can be used to enhance the presentation of a Greyhound?

A Greyhound cocktail can be garnished with a slice or twist of lemon, lime, or a grapefruit wedge. These garnishes complement the citrus flavor of the drink and add a pop of color. A sprig of rosemary can also be added for an aromatic touch.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Greyhound, and how is it made?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Greyhound, often called a 'Virgin Greyhound', can be made by simply omitting the vodka. The drink consists of grapefruit juice served over ice, making it a refreshing and simple mocktail. Adding a splash of tonic water or soda can give it a slight fizz.

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