The Greyhound drink is a cocktail that’s been around since at least the 1930s. It’s typically just a simple grapefruit juice and vodka combination. It’s citrus season, and I am loving the grapefruit, especially the beautiful tart-sweet pink ones. When I had the idea for this cocktail, I had no idea that it had a name. I’m not very well versed in cocktails. I only knew that I wanted grapefruit juice to be in one.
How The Greyhound Cocktail Got Its Name
It turns out, according to my research, that there is a reason for the name. At Greyhound Bus terminal restaurants (yes, that Greyhound) you could order a drink made up of canned grapefruit juice, sugar, and vodka. The drink became known as the Greyhound. Who knew? And here I was wondering about the connection between a fast running canine and a grapefruit drink. Anyway, mystery solved. Thanks, Wikipedia
No Canned Grapefruit Juice In This Drink
Canned grapefruit juice does not come into play in this refreshing, bubbly, citrusy grapefruit vodka cocktail. I made a virgin, as well as an alcohol-based version of this drink, and they were both delicious. So you can please teetotalers and kids with this drink, too. This beverage is so incredibly refreshing, that I wished it was summer. Well, really, I pretty much always wish it was summer.
But until then, this drink is a ray of citrus sunshine on a winter day in Canada. Although, this summer, I hope that grapefruit is in season somewhere, because I’ll be making a big pitcher of these for patio refreshment.
Hello, Ginger Ale; The Perfect Bubbly For This Cocktail
For this cocktail, I knew that I wanted to use freshly squeezed pink grapefruit, and I also wanted fresh lime juice and ginger. Fresh ginger was my first thought, but then I would need to make a simple syrup to counter the tartness of the citrus. I really didn’t want to do that, and besides, I also wanted bubbles. So ginger ale. Ginger ale was perfect. Just enough sweetness, lovely ginger flavour, and bubbles for days.
Greyhound Drink- Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail
- 6 ounces vodka
- Juice of one large pink grapefruit freshly squeezed
- Juice of one large lime freshly squeezed
- 2 355 ml cans ginger ale
- Put ice cubes into 4 glasses
- Add 1.5 ounces vodka to each glass
- Divide grapefruit juice and lime juice between the four glasses
- Top up each glass with ginger ale
- Garnish glasses with grapefruit and lime slices