Greyhound Cocktail - a Bus Load of Flavour

The Greyhound is a straightforward and crisp cocktail that highlights the tartness of grapefruit and the smoothness of gin. With a single clear spirit and grapefruit juice it is certainly very simple and sits on the healthier end of the cocktail spectrum.

While the traditional Greyhound cocktail is usually stirred, you can shake it if you prefer a more integrated and colder beverage. Shaking the Greyhound can give it a frothier texture and blend the flavors more thoroughly.

A common variation to the Greyhound cocktail is the Salty Dog which become popular in the mid-20th century. The Salty Dog is a Greyhound with a salted rim adding extra complexity with a savory element to this classic cocktail.



  • 60 ml (2 oz) gin
  • 120 ml (4 oz) fresh grapefruit juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice or wedge for garnish (optional)


Carton image of a greyhound bus enjoying a Greyhound Cocktail

Instructions (Traditional):

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the gin over the ice.
  3. Top with fresh grapefruit juice. (Depending on the grapefruit and your taste preference a dash simple syrup may be required to sweeten!)
  4. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a grapefruit slice or wedge, if desired.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

    Instructions (Shaken):

    1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
    2. Add the gin to the shaker.
    3. Pour in the fresh grapefruit juice.
    4. Secure the shaker's lid tightly and shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
    5. Strain the contents into a highball glass filled with ice cubes.
    6. Garnish with a grapefruit slice or wedge if desired.
    7. Serve and enjoy your shaken Greyhound!

    Adjust the ingredients to your taste preference, and feel free to experiment with grapefruit varieties for a unique twist.

    We recommend using your very own homemade gin to make the home cocktail making experience even more enjoyable. Get Your Gin Making Kit Here.

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