How to Make a Greyhound Drink

Learn how to make a greyhound drink that pairs gin so well with grapefruit! It’s tart with a refreshing, juicy bitterness that’s signature to tangy grapefruits.

The Greyhound Drink

When I first heard about a greyhound drink, I thought, “who in the heck would want to drink grapefruit juice with alcohol, let alone have the burden of having to eat said grapefruit in any way, shape or form?” And then I made the Greyhound cocktail recipe and found it to be oddly tantalizing, unexpectedly refreshing, and oh-so pretty (with a dope name, let’s be real here.) So are you ready to learn how to make a Greyhound drink with me? Let’s stir this!

What’s in a Greyhound Drink?

You might be wondering what’s in a greyhound drink. Well, the answer is super simple. A Greyhound cocktail is made with just two ingredients:

  • Grapefruit juice
  • Gin
closeup of pouring greyhound drink recipe into glass

Tell Me… What is a Greyhound Drink?

The Greyhound drink or Greyhound cocktail is a tart, classic cocktail made with two ingredients: grapefruit juice and gin. If you add a salted rim, you’ve got a Salty Dog Cocktail Recipe!

The History of the Greyhound Cocktail

Finally, a definite answer! It seems that so many cocktail recipes’ origins are murky, based on urban legend, and highly contested.

But the greyhound cocktail, as we know it today, was written about by Harry Craddock in The Savory Cocktail Book in 1930. [1]

Then, in 1945, the still-popular Harper’s Bazaar magazine printed the recipe and called it a “Greyhound.” Guess why? Because the grapefruit-infused cocktail was popular at Greyhound bus terminals! [2] [3] [4]

How to Make a Greyhound Drink

It’s super simple to learn how to make a greyhound drink. It’s one of my favorite cocktail recipes because it’s so easy, surprisingly tart & delicious, and comes together in 1 minute.

First, fill a Collins glass with ice. Then, pour gin over the ice.

Two photos showing How to Make a Greyhound Drink – pouring ice and gin into a glass

Next, fill the glass to the top with grapefruit juice. 

Two photos showing How to Make a Greyhound Drink – adding grapefruit juice 

Fourth, stir the gin and juice together. Then, garnish with a lime wedge.

Two photos showing How to Make a Greyhound Drink – stirring

Sip and enjoy the best greyhound cocktail! It’s truly that easy.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s greyhound drink—it’s pretty, it’s tart, and it’s surprisingly tantalizing on the tastebuds. If you make this cocktail, be sure to take a pic & share it on Instagram, tagging me at @beamingbaker. I’d love to see it. ‘Til our next mixology adventure…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ♥️

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How to Make a Greyhound Drink


Learn how to make a greyhound drink the pairs gin so well with grapefruit! It’s tart with a refreshing, juicy bitterness that’s signature to tangy grapefruits.



Greyhound Cocktail Recipe

  • 2oz gin
  • fill to top with grapefruit juice


  • Lime wedge


  1. Fill a Collins or highball glass with ice. Pour gin over the ice.
  2. Pour grapefruit juice over the gin, filling the glass nearly to the top. Using a stirring spoon, give it a few stirs to mix the juice and gin.
  3. Garnish the rim of the Collins glass with a lime wedge. Sip and enjoy.


You may replace the gin with vodka.

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Drinks, Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. Ooh, as someone who happens to like grapefruit juice and eating grapefruit I am alooking forward to trying this one! Thanks for posting it. I’ll be sure to report back.

  2. This is such a fabulous cocktail!! I can’t wait to try it!

  3. This looks and sounds so good. I’ve heard of Greyhounds, but I’ve never had one. That needs to change!