This cocktail is an update on the classic cocktail called the Greyhound, which was reputed to have been concocted by the famous American bartender Harry Craddock in the 1920s and was mentioned in his Savoy Cocktail book that was published in 1930. The Greyhound was originally a simple mix of grapefruit juice and gin on crushed ice, but as vodka gained popularity, the gin was swapped out for vodka.
In the Red Hound, we add a bit of cranberry infused simple syrup and St. Germain elderflower liqueur to add a sweet and floral component that makes the drink less bitter and adds a bit more color. The added sweetness makes the Red Hound a bit more approachable than the original Greyhound, countering the bitterness of the grapefruit that some drinkers may find hard to drink. You could also replace the vodka with gin to add a bit more complexity and herbal flavors.
The Red Hound
- 2 oz Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 2 oz vodka
- .75 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- .75 oz cranberry infused simple syrup
Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice and allow the glass to chill. Halfway fill a shaker with ice, pour the vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice and cranberry simple syrup. Shake and pour into the rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit peel. Cheers!Follow my blog with Bloglovin