Greyhound Cocktail – How To Make A Greyhound

April 4, 2018 (Last Updated: August 15, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

A Classic Greyhound Cocktail is smooth, sleek, and graceful just like the dog breed. Learn how to make a Greyhound Cocktail the right way and learn why it uses gin instead of vodka. 

greyhound cocktail recipe on wood platform with grapefruits

We are knees deep in our Greyhound cocktail series and today we are going to make the best Greyhound we can. Oh, it is as simple as just looking it up on the internet, you say? Well, if you found me it is. At Ramshackle Pantry we looked closely at the drink to find the best group of ingredients to use. We have looked at the history of the drink, we have looked at the elements of the drink, and now I am going to provide the best cocktail recipe I can.

Grapefruit in Our Greyhound Cocktail

There are all different kinds of grapefruit, but it seems that in my part of the world, I can only find two varieties. This was really actually very disappointing to me. I thought I would be able to find a bit more variety from the stores I checked, but nope. I went to two different grocery stores and I also went to our local natural foods co-op. The co-op had the smallest selection of grapefruits which really surprised me. Grapefruit season is from November to May, so there should be grapefruits galore!

Grapefruit and San Diego

We just returned from a trip to San Diego not too long ago. We had the chance to go to the farmer’s market in Little Italy, which I would highly recommend if you get there on a Sunday. In the market, there was at least one booth that sold and sampled grapefruits of many different varieties. There were a few that were really sweet. Perhaps I should have brought some home with me instead of relying on diverse options in Fargo.

Additionally, I found places that would deliver grapefruits. I would not count this out, as we live in a world where stuff can show up on your doorstep just a few days later! I, however, decided to just venture out to my local grocers and see what they had available. Two options were there.

Fortunately, I think both the varieties of grapefruit I found were on the sweeter side, which is what I wanted.

Greyhound Cocktail and Gin

As we talked about in our elements post, I decided that I was going to use gin instead of vodka in my Greyhound cocktail. While vodka is widely used, gin is probably a more historically accurate version of the spirit used in a Greyhound. Additionally, I think vodka can be used to hide the taste of the alcohol, but I want to celebrate it!

process pic for grapefruit greyhound drink

Ransom Old Tom Gin for Greyhound Cocktail

I have tried this gin before and liked it. As we covered in a gin article we wrote several months ago, Old Tom gin is sweeter in comparison to Dry Gin. It was a popular spirit at the end of the 19th century and probably had a place on bars up until prohibition. The sweeter aspect of this libation is what interests me in it for the Greyhound cocktail. I chose Old Tom Gin.

Our Greyhound Cocktail Recipe

While some recipes call for adding sugar, the use of our ingredients can help keep it pure and exactly about the ingredients in a Greyhound. Ice, grapefruit juice, and gin should be the only things in this cocktail. Using a sweet grapefruit and Old Tom gin helps us do that without making drinkers wince from the grapefruit’s bitterness. No sugar needed.

Next is our recipe for the perfect Greyhound cocktail! If you like what we are doing, please follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and sign up to receive my posts via email.

overhead shot of greyhound and grapefruit

Products Used for this Recipe

  1. Highball Glasses
  2. Cocktail Shaker Kit

Greyhound Cocktail – How To Make A Greyhound

greyhound cocktail recipe on wood platform with grapefruits

This is a classic Greyhound cocktail that uses gin and grapefruit. It tastes wonderful and is a great grapefruit drink.

  • Author: Ben
  • Prep Time: 1 Minute
  • Cook Time: 4 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American


  • Ice
  • 2 Ounces Old Tom Gin
  • 4 Ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice (Approximately one medium grapefruit)


  1. Fill highball glass with ice
  2. Add Gin
  3. Add Grapefruit Juice
  4. Stir with mixing spoon for 30 seconds

Keywords: grapefruit cocktail

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    April 4, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    oh one of these will do nicely right now! Love how refreshing and quenching this looks, I can see myself sipping on it on a warm summer evening (or Tuesday afternoon in the middle of winter too 😉

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    Michelle Barsness
    April 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    It’s been a while since I had a greyhound. I love how refreshing and zingy grapefruits are. I’ll have to revisit this classic cocktail!

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    April 4, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    I’m not usually a gin drinker, but this looks too pretty to pass up!

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    April 4, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Yum! I’m totally a gin drinker! I’m pretty sure I have a some grapefruits I’ve been meaning to use too. I think they’re best utilized in this cocktail!

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    April 4, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    I just learned so much! I’ve never had old tom gin. Will have to get some to try! Thanks!

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    April 5, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    We’re totally farmer’s market people, love poking around all the fresh produce. My husband used to live in SD and so when he moved to the East Coast he got me hooked on them too. The traditional Greyhound is one of my favorite cocktails, but it has to have the fresh stuff like your recipe. None of the canned yellow grapefruit!

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    Kat Jeter
    April 6, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I have never had a Greyhound but you make it sound so good. We don’t have a huge variety of grapefruit in my stores either but I’m going to give this a try.

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    April 6, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    I’ll just have to bust out the vodka and gin and do a taste test!

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    Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    April 7, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    I’m not a cocktail person — more of a wine person. But your cocktail sounds so refreshing. I think the sweeter grapefruit would really be a great ingredient with the gin. Now, I have to admit my experience with gin is non-existent. I’ll have to try your brand. I’d love to try this drink — are you inviting us over??

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    April 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Love grapefruit in cocktails, and it must be fantastic with the gin. I recently discovered a local distillery and this might just be the cocktail to try out with one of their bottles.

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    Jessica Pinney
    April 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    It’s starting to get warm here in LA and that means it’s time to start up my bi-weekly happy hour! Your Greyhound recipe looks great, I will definitely be adding it to the list of cocktails to try!

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      April 8, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Starting to get warm here, as well. STARTING TO.

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    Jessica (Swanky Recipes)
    April 8, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Wow, I have been searching for cocktail to serve for Mother’s Day brunch and I think this drink is just perfect! Last year I did strawberry cream mimosas and everyone just loved the blush pink drink so I said this year I’d mix it up and try something new but with the same color theme! Can’t wait to hear the rave reviews for this one!

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      April 9, 2018 at 6:02 am

      Well, stay tuned Jessica, I have a few more pink drinks coming up this week and next.

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    April 8, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    This looks really yummy! I can’t wait to try your recipe! I love grapefruit in cocktails!

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    Patti @ Patty Cake's Pantry
    April 9, 2018 at 1:24 am

    I love red grapefruit, so you got my attention with this cocktail. I didn’t realize that there were different types of gin. I will have to see if I can find Old Tom Gin. I’ve only had gin paired with tonic water and lime, so this will be something new for me. (OK…in the interest of full disclosure there was a botched attempt to turn gummy bears into something alcoholic by soaking them in gin. It didn’t really work out that well.

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      April 9, 2018 at 6:01 am

      Regular ‘dry gin’ would also work, but this adds a dash of sweetness that the dry relative just doesn’t have. Old Tom still has those botanical juniper flavors like all the other gins.

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    I love grapefruit in a cocktail so I know that I will love this! Glad it’s almost 5!

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