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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
Course Drinks
Keyword Cocktails
Prep Time 5 minutes
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.
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