Greyhound Drink

Greyhound Vodka Mixed Drink

 The Spruce Eats

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
195 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 serving
Amount per serving
Calories 195
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 1g
Calcium 32mg 2%
*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.)

When you're ready for a tall, refreshing, and semi-tart drink, turn to the greyhound. This popular vodka cocktail takes just a couple of minutes to mix up. It's an ideal choice for brunch, happy hour, or anytime you want a quick, tasty mixed drink.

The beauty of the greyhound is in its simplicity. It requires just two ingredients and, much like the screwdriver, the vodka adds very little flavor so you're basically drinking spiked juice. It's also a great drink for experimentation, so try the greyhound with infused vodkas. Coconut, ginger, melon, pineapple, pomegranate, raspberry, and strawberry pair perfectly with grapefruit.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the vodka and grapefruit juice into a collins glass filled with ice cubes.

  3. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.

  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • It can be easy to think that quality doesn't matter in a mixed drink like this. However, there are only two ingredients in the greyhound and that makes each very important.
  • Begin with a good vodka. It doesn't have to be your best, though there's no need to go with a bottom shelf vodka, either. Once you find one that meets your needs and taste, make it your regular well vodka and reserve the really good stuff for vodka martinis.
  • For a premium brand, Ketel One is a good choice. 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.
  • Feel free to use ruby red grapefruit. The slight change in flavor can really brighten up your cocktail routine.

Recipe Variations

  • Grapefruit is a tart fruit and some juices—whether fresh or bottled—are sharper than others. Counteract that with a little sweetener, such as a dash of simple syrup, agave nectar, or honey.
  • The firefly sweetens the vodka-grapefruit combo with grenadine for a sunrise effect.
  • There's also the salty dog. It's customarily made with gin, but vodka works, and it's as simple using a salt-rimmed glass.
  • Add sparkle with a splash of club soda. The sweeter clear sodas like lemon-lime and ginger ale mellow the tartness, too.

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.