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Greyhound Cocktail


A Greyhound Cocktail! A simple vodka-based drink built with grapefruit juice!

Although the Greyhound cocktail may seem simple, it's pretty amazing to consider all the circumstances that led to the creation of the Greyhound. This cocktail has a long history that spans the globe. We created a whole fruit before this drink could be made. This is before we even get to the spirit. The history of the Greyhound drink's alcohol is fascinating enough to warrant a whole book. Making or ordering a classic cocktail like the Greyhound cocktail is a simple way to celebrate humanity's successes and challenges. I'm here to shed some light on these achievements by revealing the history of the Greyhound drink.

Greyhound Cocktail History

The consensus is that the Greyhound cocktail's first printed version was published in 1930. The legendary London hotel, The Savoy, printed a cocktail book containing the drink's first recipe.

The author of The Savoy Cocktail Book was Harry Craddock. Harry Craddock was a celebrity bartender of the 1920s and 1930s.

Gin Or Vodka In A Greyhound

Vodka is today the most popular spirit in Greyhounds, but this was not always so. We can trace the history of this cocktail back to 1930. Smirnoff struggled to sell vodka in America, and it only gained popularity in the 1940s.

Whiskey was the American spirit of choice, but gin was also popular in America and around the globe. It makes perfect sense to me that gin has been the leading spirit since its creation in 1930.

With the advent of vodka, gin was replaced in many ways. The perfect vodka is free of flavor. It can make a delicious drink that people don't want to taste the ingredients used in distillation. Vodka is now more popular than gin or whiskey in the US and is widely enjoyed everywhere. It makes sense that gin was used in Greyhound drinks, but it is also understandable why vodka has replaced it.

The History Of Grapefruit

Did you know humans created grapefruit? Grapefruit is a cross between a sweet orange (the awesome little buggers you can get in the store today) and another citrus fruit called pomelo or shaddock.

The sweet orange and the shaddock have roots in India and Southeast Asia, but they made their way to the Caribbean. They crossed paths in the mid-1700s, and BANG. The grapefruit was made.

Greyhound Cocktail

A traditional cocktail.


5 from 1 vote
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: London
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 40 ml Vodka
  • 150 ml Grapefruit Juice
  • Grapefruit


  • Ice fill a highball glass.
  • Add your vodka and grapefruit juice.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.
  • Serve!

Video Instructions

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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