Greyhound & Salty Dog

Greyhound & Salty Dog

The Greyhound is a breed of dog, a sighthound which has been bred for coursing game and Greyhound racing. Since the rise in large-scale adoption of retired racing Greyhounds, the breed has seen a resurgence in popularity as a family pet.

Ohhhh pardon me, you meant the cocktail.

It’s an easy mixup, especially since it’s easy to get sidetracked by cute dog pictures on Google (is it just me or do they always look mystical, like they know your horoscope?). Nobody is 100% certain on where the name for the drink came from, as it’s neither grey nor houndish. Some say it’s because it’s quick to make, while others say it’s because it was served at the Greyhound bus terminals in the 1940s (not sure if this is a compliment or not?). Regardless, it is simple AND tasty, which are always benefits in a recipe.

There are only 2 ingredients!! They are not obscure!! You’re welcome!!!1!1!!!!1!

The Greyhound is a 1:4 balance of gin and grapefruit juice. “What kiiiiind of gin thoughhhh,” you sigh. Literally whatever you like. Maybe not Old Tom (though I haven’t tried that, maybe it’s good, tell me in the comments). “But but but GRAPEFRUIT JUICE, there are so many kinds,” you object. Again, literally whatever you like. Regular grapefruit, ruby red, ...those are the only grapefruits I know. If I don’t feel like juicing grapefruits myself, I try and pick a bottle of something with pulp in it, but if you don’t like pulp then get the kind without. This is not difficult. This is a cocktail from Prohibition times, when nobody was getting tooooo fancy (and the gin likely came out of your neighbor’s bathtub).

You can even use vodka if you don’t like gin! In 1945, Harper’s Magazine published the first description of the Greyhound as a vodka-grapefruit-ice cocktail (previously, Harry Craddock wrote the first recorded gin-grapefruit-ice cocktail in his Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, though he just listed it as a variation on a grapefruit cocktail). What we are getting at here is, a Greyhound by any other name can smell as sweet, even if it swaps out literally a totally different ingredient in a two-ingredient drink.

If you want to go the extra mile, salt the rim of the glass you’re using. Now the cocktail is a Salty Dog! Magic. The salt is particularly satisfying when you have margarita burnout but still want a margarita (I know it’s not just me that gets this feeling). Woof!

Ingredients & Method:

  • 45ml (1.5 oz) gin or vodka

  • 175ml (6 oz) grapefruit juice, fresh is best

Greyhound: mix gin/vodka with grapefruit juice in a chilled rocks glass with as much ice as you like.

Salty Dog: same as above, but salt the rim of the rocks glass first.

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