The Red Hound – A Vodka Cocktail

The Red Hound Cocktail made with cranberry, fresh grapefruit, elderflower liqueur and vodka, in a rocks glass and garnished with cranberries and straws, on a wooden table.

A classic cocktail! Read below for the history, cheers!



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, so it has become a classic vodka cocktail!



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. Try the gin and grapefruit combo in our French Tart cocktail!




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The Red Hound Cocktail made with cranberry, fresh grapefruit, elderflower liqueur and vodka, in a rocks glass and garnished with cranberries and straws, on a wooden table.


Rocks Glasses / Paper Straws / Shaker



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The Red Hound - A Vodka Cocktail

Serving Size: 1

Calories per serving: 256

The Red Hound - A Vodka Cocktail


  • 2 oz Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • .75 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • .75 oz cranberry infused simple syrup


  1. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice and allow the glass to chill.
  2. Halfway fill a shaker with ice, pour the vodka, St. Germain, grapefruit juice and cranberry simple syrup.
  3. Shake and pour into the rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit peel. Cheers!



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9 thoughts on “The Red Hound – A Vodka Cocktail

  1. This sounds so good! Greyhounds are making me remember a weird night… I drank too many once when I was the “manager” of a professional wrestler and I could barely get out of the ring one night, so they carried me off – but we made it look like it was part of the show (I think)! Lol. That stuff will get ya. Haha.

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