Greyhound cocktail

Greyhound cocktail
The Greyhound cocktail is a refreshing and easy-to-make drink made from only two ingredients: vodka and grapefruit juice.
The first Greyhound cocktail recipe was found in the "Savoy Cocktail Book" in 1930 with gin as the main ingredient. It was only after vodka gained popularity with the Americans in the 1950s that the gin was replaced with vodka – its more common variant.
Today you may sometimes find the cocktail served with gin rather than vodka – this is usually served in a salt-rimmed glass and called a Salty Dog which we also have a recipe for.
If you like the grapefruit flavour used in this cocktail recipe you might also like the Paloma cocktail, which is an alcoholic drink made with tequila and grapefruit juice.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Highball glass


  • 60 ml vodka (or gin)
  • 120 ml grapefruit juice (to top up)
  • 1 lemon or lime wedge (to garnish)


  • Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour the vodka and top up the drink with grapefruit juice. Stir well.
  • Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge. Enjoy!


What is the Greyhound cocktail history?

The Greyhound was first recorded in the 1930s, but in the 1950s it became more popular when vodka replaced the usage of gin in its recipe.

What vodka cocktails are best?

If you like a vodka drink like the Greyhound, we also have a roundup of our top ten cocktails with vodka, its not official, but we think you’ll find these cocktails are all worth trying.

What are the best gin cocktails?

Or, if you like a gin cocktail we also have a roundup of the 10 best gin cocktails.


Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.