GULF COAST GREYHOUND
A Gingery Greyhound
A typical Greyhound cocktail is made of grapefruit juice with either vodka or gin. If the rim is salted then the cocktail is called a Salty Dog. The first mention of a grapefruit cocktail appears in 1930 made with gin. In 1945 vodka became more popular than gin and the grapefruit drink mostly used vodka. Also in 1945, a recipe for the Greyhound of vodka, sugar, and canned grapefruit juice appeared in Harper’s Magazine. This cocktail was served at “Post House”, which was the restaurant chain located at the Greyhound bus terminals.
I actually made my version of the greyhound, the Gulf Coast Greyhound, a couple of years ago before I called Florida home. It all started one night at a speakeasy in downtown Raleigh where I was living at the time. I ordered a handcrafted Moscow Mule. The expert mixologist added a shot of Domaine De Canton French Ginger Liqueur. Wowzer! I absolutely loved this Moscow Mule and had to buy some of this ginger liqueur to make Moscow Mules at home. Well I had a whole bottle of the ginger liqueur so I became a little inventive and added it to other drinks. My favorite was adding the ginger liqueur to a Greyhound. It added sweetness and a nice spicy ginger flavor giving the Greyhound dimension and depth of flavor. So if you like Greyhounds, grapefruit juice, and ginger, give the Gulf Coast Greyhound a try!
Below is the recipe and some notes. I hope you enjoy the Gulf Coast Greyhound. I'd love to see photos of your cocktail so tag #seasthedayflorida. Have a happy day and don’t forget to Seas The Day.
RECIPE (for 1 cocktail):
1 ½ ounces vodka
1 ounce Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
2 ½ ounces grapefruit juice
¼ ounce lime juice
1 Luxardo Maraschino Cherry
Measure and pour in each ingredient except for cherry into shaker.
Fill shaker with ice.
Place lid on shaker and vigorously shake for about 10 seconds.
Strain liquid into martini glass.
Garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino cherry.
Serve and enjoy (responsibly).
*I like to support local businesses when possible and I had the opportunity to tour the St Augustine Distillery. I purchased several bottles including the vodka made from Florida cane. I used this vodka to make the Gulf Coast Greyhound.
*I have not tried any other ginger liqueur.
*If possible use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. When I don’t have grapefruits in my fruit basket, then I use Trader Joe’s 100% Pure Grapefruit juice, Ruby Red. This juice is not from concentrate and no added sugar so it tastes a lot like fresh squeezed Ruby Red grapefruit…very tart and tangy. I tried different amounts of grapefruit juice. As I added more grapefruit juice, the ginger flavor was lost. So I think the right amount of grapefruit juice is shown in the recipe above but feel free to try different amounts of grapefruit juice.
*I used fresh squeezed lime juice. I bought the limes from a local store called Detwiler’s Farm Market. I think fresh squeezed citrus juice taste the best and really enhance the flavor of the drink. I added a little bit of lime juice to add more citrus zestiness to the grapefruit juice.
*The garnish of a maraschino cherry is not necessary but adds a pretty look and a huge pop of sweetness at the end. I have shopped for the Luxardo brand, made in Italy, around Sarasota and they are very expensive between $16 to $25 for a 14 ounce jar. The least expensive price I found was at Norman’s Liquors & Fine Wines.