Greyhound Drink

greyhound drink

 The Spruce

  • 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 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 drink.

The beauty of this mixed drink is in its simplicity. It requires just two ingredients and, much like the Screwdriver, the vodka adds very little flavor so you are basically drinking spiked juice. That said, try the Greyhound with infused vodkas for a fun twist. Strawberry, blood orange, and kiwi are all pleasant options.

Also, if you're in the mood for something just a little bit different, go with the Salty Dog. It's as simple as pouring gin instead of vodka and using a salt-rimmed glass.


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
  • Garnish: lemon or lime wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice cubes.

  3. Stir well.

  4. Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge.


It can be easy to think that quality does not matter in a mixed drink like this. However, there are only two ingredients in the Greyhound and that makes each one very important.

  • The Vodka. To create the best Greyhound, it is best to begin with a good vodka. It doesn't have to be your best vodka, though there's no need to go with the cheapest, bottom shelf vodkas, either.
  • If you want to go all out, use a premium brand of vodka like Ketel One.
  • A Greyhound is also great with a good middle-ground vodka, one that is both easy on your budget and has a smooth taste. New Amsterdam, Stolichnaya, and Svedka would be among the top recommendations. Once you find one that meets your needs and taste, make it your regular well vodka and reserve the really good stuff for your vodka martinis.
  • The Grapefruit. The grapefruit juice is equally important in the Greyhound because it makes up most of the drink. The first recommendation would be to use freshly-squeezed juice.
  • There are a variety of tools available that can make the process quick and cheap. For instance, 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. This is a good habit to get into and it will significantly improve the quality of your drinks
  • Also, 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 tarter than others. Whenever you find that your Greyhound is too sharp to enjoy, counteract it with a little sweetener. 

  • Stirring in a dash of simple syrup would be the first choice.
  • If you don't have that in stock, you can turn to agave nectar or honey. In a pinch, you can also use a little regular sugar but the drink will need to be stirred very well to ensure it is properly dissolved.

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 use. The 4-ounce pour is pretty standard and with an 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.