Add a summer spin to the classic greyhound cocktail with a few scoops of grapefruit sorbet!
I love a good gin drink.
Let’s summer-ize the classic greyhound cocktail.
Add a few scoops of grapefruit sorbet for the ultimate greyhound cocktail!
Grapefruit Sorbet Float
Traditionally, the greyhound cocktail is a mixture of grapefruit juice with either vodka or gin. I’m a gin girl all the way.
Especially during the summer, I think gin adds such a clean, herbaceous, and refreshing quality that vodka can’t.
As promised in my cucumber gin and tonic floats, here is the second cocktail float in my series of four. I made a grapefruit sorbet using just fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and sugar. That’s it.
Assemble the cocktail:
Add a few scoops of grapefruit sorbet.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can use this recipe to make a granita. And of course, you can also use store-bought grapefruit sorbet!
Pour in the gin.
I’m a big fan of Hendrick’s gin. It works wonderfully in this cocktail.
Add grapefruit juice and a touch of simple syrup.
Fresh squeezed is a million times tastier than any of the packaged bottled stuff. It’s worth the extra effort to fresh squeeze the grapefruits.
Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig and fresh mint. CHEERS!
A very close relative of the greyhound cocktail is the salty dog. The only difference is the addition of salt. To turn this into a salty dog float, simply rim the edge of the glass with coarse sea salt.
In case you were wondering- I bought these dog juice glasses from Anthropologie. Unfortunately, they are no longer available.
Greyhound Cocktail Float
- 3-4 scoops grapefruit sorbet (recipe follows)
- 2 oz gin
- 4 oz grapefruit juice
- 3/4 oz simple syrup*
- rosemary sprigs, to garnish
- fresh mint and grapefruit slices, to garnish
- 3 1/2 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar*
- In a tall serving glass, add 3 scoops of grapefruit sorbet. Add gin, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup. Stir to combine. Garnish with rosemary, mint, and grapefruit slices. Enjoy immediately.
- Dissolve sugar in grapefruit juice. Store in the fridge until juice is cold.
- Freeze mixture in ice cream maker according to your unit’s instructions. Process until the mixture has reached a soft serve consistency. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and let rest in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving. Allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before scooping and serving.
Reader Questions and Reviews
OH MY GOODNESS, this cocktail float is SUCH a brilliant idea! And those glasses! And all things related to dogs! I’m a dog person, too, and I have a penchant for purchasing cute things with little dogs on them, too. Nice work, lady!
Thanks!! I wish I bought more of the dog glasses, though!
Okay this might be my new favorite cocktail!
This sounds amazing! I love the sorbet in there!
These are SO pretty and sound so refreshing – the perfect summer cocktail. And YES, I adore those glasses (and as a cat person am happy to know they have them in cats, too)! ;)
Thank you! I wish I had bought the cat version! I’m hoping it’ll come back in stock :)
Those glasses are so cute! And you are right, grapefruit and rosemary are so perfect together! I can’t wait to try this!
Those glasses are the best!! And I’m loving the cocktail float, so refreshing!
This sounds so refreshing, and I’m loving those glasses — total dog person here!