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 frozen 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 scoops grapefruit sorbet (recipe follows) or store-bought
- 2 oz gin of choice or vodka
- 4 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- ¾ oz simple syrup*
- rosemary sprigs, to garnish
- fresh mint and grapefruit slices, to garnish
- 3 ½ cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- ½ 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.