One of my favorite oldie-but-goodie cocktails is a classic Greyhound made with vodka and grapefruit juice. No matter how many times I make this drink, I never tire of it’s vibrant flavor! Today I’m sharing my summer version: Mint & Pink Grapefruit Greyhounds.
Pink Grapefruit Greyhounds
This is one of the easiest cocktail to make with just a few simple ingredients. Add salt to the rim and you’ll have yourself a Salty Dog! Either way, it’s refreshing and delicious. Here’s what you will need:
- Vodka – use whatever vodka you like best.
- Grapefruit Juice – I like either pink grapefruit or ruby red grapefruit, freshly squeezed!
- Simple Syrup – for this version we are making a mint simple syrup.
Flavor Variations for Greyhounds
While the traditional 1-part vodka, 3-parts grapefruit juice, shaken over ice is delicious; it’s even tastier with herbaceous homemade simple syrup. In the fall, I like to steep woody rosemary sprigs in water and sugar until the whole kitchen is perfumed with the rich piney herb.
In the summer months I prefer a lighter flavor by steeping fresh, sweet mint to create a syrup that pairs perfectly with pink grapefruit juice.
How to Make Mint Ice Cubes for Cocktails
To add a little extra something special, I freeze fresh mint in ice cubes to keep cocktails even cooler and to add more fresh mint flavor. Plus, having minted ice cubes on hand is a refreshing way to dress up sparkling water or lemonade all summer long. Happy cocktail making!
More Easy Cocktail Recipes:
- Classic Paloma Cocktails
- Chichi Cocktails
- Frozen Banana Cocktails
- Sorbet Margaritas
- Creamy Coconut Margaritas
- Jam Jar Margaritas
- Spicy Mango Jalapeno Margaritas
- Coconut Blood Orange Margaritas
- Gin & Cranberry Cocktails
- 2 oz vodka
- 6 oz pink grapefruit juice
- 1 oz mint simple syrup (recipe to follow)
- mint & grapefruit wedge for garnish
- Mint Simple Syrup: In a saucepan mix 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar has dissolved about 5 minutes.
- Stir in 3 large sprigs of mint and stir. Cook 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover and allow to cool completely before
removing the mint. Chill until ready to use.
- For the Cocktail: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice combine vodka, fresh pink or ruby red grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Shake until well chilled.
- Strain cocktail into ice filled glass. Garnish with mint and a
Possible Flavor Variations:
- Substitute mint for rosemary sprigs for a woodsy flavor.
- Remove the mint from the simple syrup completely for a classic greyhound.
- Salt the rim and turn this cocktail into a Salty Dog!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 953Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 210gFiber: 2gSugar: 177gProtein: 2g