This Greyhound cocktail is a little different than the rest. Vodka replaces gin in this classic cocktail and sparkling grapefruit juice adds effervescence and sweetness.
But the real palate pleasure is the rosemary!
Greyhound Cocktail Origin
This Greyhound cocktail is a sophitcated sort of cocktail. It has a sleek name and the ingredients are somewhat classy. I mean, your average watering holes don’t typically serve cocktails infused with rosemary. According to Wikipedia, the Greyhound cocktail gets it’s name from a drink that was served in the 40’s at restaurants found in Greyhound bus stations. The original version has vodka, sugar and canned grapefruit juice. I believe this version tastes infinitely better.
It does make you wonder how cocktails get their names. Certain ones, like Ginger Maple Bourbon Cocktail clearly disclose what the cocktail contains. Other cocktails like this Bubbly Irish simply elude to ingredients hidden within. An often, cocktails are named after a person (Vodka Collins) or a place (Cape Cod). And sometimes, cocktail names make no sense at all. Those are the ones that get me.
Cocktails like “Sex on the Beach”, “Foghorn”, “Vetrinary”, “Peach Bullfrog” or even the “high ball” , I suppose I can infer what they taste like, but they are a bit much, don’t you think? I always feel funny ordering something like sex on the beach, I don’t know why. I will never order any cocktail that has a female body part as part of the name. Maybe I am old fashioned or prudish.
Build A Greyhound Cocktail
This greyhound just fits me. You find Greyhounds made with gin, however I prefer the taste of vodka. The grapefruit is a sparkling grapefruit beverage (I used Izze brand). I like the hint of sweetness and the way the bubbles dance on your lips and tongue, but it is the fresh rosemary that makes this cocktail stand out. I combined equal parts water and sugar and added fresh rosemary sprigs to make a flavored simple syrup. The rosemary added a clean, woodsy, herbaceous counterpart to the bubbly citrus. Garnish your cocktail with fresh rosemary sprigs, perhaps a lemon slice or too and enjoy each sip of this refreshing and simple cocktail!
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 2-4 Rosemary sprigs
- 4 oz vodka
- The juice from one lemon
- 1 bottle of grapefruit soda (I used Izze)
In a small saucepan, combine the water and the sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat. When the sugar has dissolved add the rosemary and continue to boil on medium low until the mixture becomes thick and reduces. Remove the rosemary and allow the syrup to cool.
In a cocktail shaker combine the syrup, the vodka and the juice from the lemon; shake and strain into two glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with grapefruit soda. Serve
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g