Greyhound Drink

Greyhound cocktail

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
177 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 177
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 47mg 235%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 201mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This classic and refreshing drink seems to have been a favorite in Greyhound bus terminals, whence it acquired the memorable name. A simple mix of vodka and grapefruit juice, this tall and semi-tart mixed drink doesn't show up on most bar menus, but it's one that all bartenders know and one that you should definitely try. The popular vodka cocktail is easily mixed and can be served in any glass of your liking, although highball or Collins glasses are favorites as they fit generous amounts of ice cubes.

An ideal choice for brunch, happy hour, or a cocktail party, the Greyhound has a beauty that lies in its simplicity: just vodka and grapefruit juice. It's also a great basic drink for experimentation, so give it a try and mix it with infused vodkas, or add other fruit juices or waters like coconut, melon, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberry, and strawberry to perfectly pair the grapefruit juice with other flavors.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Greyhound cocktail
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  2. Pour the vodka and grapefruit juice into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes.

    Pour in vodka
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  3. Stir well.

    Stir well
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  4. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

    Greyhound cocktail with a lime garnish
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  5. Enjoy.

For the Best Greyhound

Here are a few recommendations to make the best out of this simple mixed drink:

  • Because the drink has only two ingredients, the quality of both the vodka and the juice matter. There is no sweetener or additional liquor to mask any of the flavors. Begin with a good vodka; it doesn't have to be your best, but don't go for the cheapest either. Once you find one that meets your needs and taste, make that brand your regular well vodka and reserve the good and expensive stuff for vodka martinis. Recommended budget-friendly vodkas that are also smooth include New Amsterdam, Stolichnaya, and Svedka.
  • The grapefruit juice makes up most of the drink, and it's best with fresh-squeezed juice. The classic citrus juicer makes fast work of a few grapefruits, and it doesn't take up much space in the kitchen or bar. You should be able to get enough juice from a single grapefruit for one Greyhound. If you're using store-bought juice, go for an organic no-pulp brand without added sugar.

Greyhound Variations

For a different flavor, experiment with some of our recommendations:

  • Grapefruit is a tart fruit and some juices—whether fresh or bottled—are sharper than others. You can counteract the tang with a little sweetener, such as a dash of simple syrup, agave nectar, or honey.
  • Grenadine, like in the Firefly, sweetens the vodka-grapefruit combo with a sunrise effect.
  • A salt-rimmed glass will give you a version of the Salty Dog, customarily made with gin.
  • Club soda to taste will add some sparkling effect while toning down the tartness; sweeter clear sodas like lemon-lime and ginger ale mellow the flavor too.
  • For a twist, use ruby red grapefruit. The slight change in flavor can really brighten up the drink.

How Strong Is the Greyhound?

As with all highball drinks, you can make the Greyhound as light or as strong as you desire. It all depends on how much juice you pour. Four ounces is pretty standard, and with 80-proof vodka, the drink weighs in around 12 percent ABV (24 proof). That's about what you can expect from the average glass of wine.