If life hands you grapefruits… make greyhounds

October 21, 2010 | By | Comments (3)

I took a walk around our test garden to see if we had anything growing that might make a good drink. Crazy, multi-ingredient beverages are so popular right now, I thought it would be cool if I tried to make one with the help of a little garden inspiration and the stuff we have on the shelves in the test kitchen. We didn’t have much fall fruit growing in the garden and I was just about to leave when I saw our grapefruit tree. Some weren’t ripe yet, but there were a few orbs that were perfect.


I went back to the kitchen and cut off what seemed like an unusually large amount of pith and got down to some lovely pale pink fruit. I put it into a cocktail shaker with a little sugar, knowing that it wouldn’t be as sweet as a ruby grapefruit, and mashed it up. I added some ice and some vodka. I love flavored vodkas and I love everything local. So it was only natural that I would fall in love with Charbay distillery’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka. (Charbay is distilled and bottled in Ukiah, CA, which isn’t über local, but it’s closer than Poland).


After a quick shake, I poured the drink into a glass to taste it. It was a lovely color but a tad bitter, so I added a little more sugar and tasted again. Simple and delicious just as it was, I didn’t want to add anything else. It’s a classic drink called a greyhound, but even better because of the special vodka. Next time I’ll try some other wacky ingredients and make something bizarre. Or maybe I’ll be smitten with the simplicity of another classic cocktail and salt the rim, thus turning my greyhound into a salty dog.

If grapefruits aren’t your thing, here are a few other of my favorite cocktails.


  1. Amy

    Sure, Daniel. You can use other grapefruits, but you may need to adjust the sugar. If you don’t want to use vodka, you could also make a simple spritzer with juice and club soda.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm
  2. Daniel Leigh T.

    I am trying my best to stay away from alcohol, but this recipe calls for vodka, and I also have a backyard filled with grapefruits. There is only one problem, they are not pink grape fruits, so I am still wondering if the recipe is as delicious?

    October 26, 2010 at 6:35 am
  3. Erika

    This sounds so lovely and bright on a gray day.

    October 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

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