Grapefruit Basil Greyhound

Grapefruit basil greyhound

I bought some grapefruit in a big bag this week. I love the freshness of grapefruit in a cocktail so I looked around online for something interesting to make with it. This recipe comes from the Swift website.

This cocktail was apparently named a Greyhound because it was popular in the 40s in the restaurants that were in Greyhound bus stations. Sounds pretty swanky to me!

Gin or vodka both work in this drink. I had a huge bottle of vodka, so I used that. Fresh grapefruit juice really makes a world of difference compared to the jar stuff. A lot of grocery stores now carry refrigerated fresh juice and I think that would work too. I had some basil still alive in the garden to use for this. I’m not sure it would be worth it to buy a bunch just for this, so maybe a good drink to pair with a dish featuring basil.

To make this cocktail, simply finely chop the basil, combine everything but the water in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold. Serve over ice and top with seltzer or sparkling water.

Grapefruit Basil Greyhound

vodka or gin cocktail with grapefruit and basil
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink


  • 2 oz vodka or gin
  • 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • drizzle of honey
  • 2-3 basil leaves finely chopped
  • sparkling water


  • Finely chop the basil. Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold an pour into glasses. Top with sparkling water and sprig of basil.
Keyword Cocktails

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