Welcome to another session of Cocktail U, where we ponder adult-beverage basics and find sippers to match recipes from Great-aunt Helen’s recipe box. Today we ask ourselves, “what to drink with DIY BBQ chicken?”What indeed? A Greyhound–my husband’s go-to cocktail–seemed a good match. Basically a Screwdriver with grapefruit juice replacing the orange, Greyhounds are tart enough to be interesting while sweet and boozy enough to make you want to empty your glass.
My husband happened upon this cocktail classic when we needed to move through a crate of grapefruit purchased from a school fundraiser. While a half-grapefuit, drizzled with honey and sometimes broiled, is good for breakfast, there is also something fun about squeezing these monster citrus fruits for their tasty juice. Even better is mixing the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice with spirits. (Tequila and vodka are especially good pairings.) Hence, the Greyhound. According to Amanda Hallay’s Vintage Cocktails,, mixing this beverage is as simple asWith the tartness of grapefruit, it’s possible you’d want to stir in agave syrup or honey. I liked it as-is, though, and further dressed it up by rimming the glass with salt. Technically, then, we’re looking at a Salty Dog, but no matter what you call it, it’s a refreshing cocktail and partners well with barbecued chicken.
Perfect drink to ring in summer!
Thanks, Princess 🙂
So that’s a salty dog! I enjoy a greyhound (or three) and adding salt to the rim creates a salty dog. Nice. Plus, I like that you used fresh grapefruit, I wouldn’t need to sweeten the drink at all. 🙂
You like the greyhound then, Seana? 😉 It didn’t need sweetening, but maybe my grapefruit was sweeter than some? Certainly using store-bought juice would make it less tart, but as you note, tart is part of the appeal.
Hope you’ve been well. I’ve lost touch with other blogs ( 😦 ) as WP isn’t sending me email notifications on posting. Have always been too lazy to use my reader, but might have to go that route. Feel bad for not getting out there! Am missing a lot, I know.
Now I know what a “Salty Dog” is. It looks inviting, especially with the tart of grapefruit. Yum.
but you can’t drink it 😦 Hope you help yourself to many a virtual greyhound while you’re here!
Must try soon! Another good summer drink, hmmm once we finish painting the porch I might have to drink one or two or more!
Add it to your repertoire, Gretchen 🙂 Are you painting a new color or freshening up what was already there?
Time for a fresh few coats of paint, same colors. It needs to be done every several years, the one draw back to our wrap around porch! This year it’s been raining nearly every weekend….
Another fun post and wish I could think of something original to say. I am a little tired but enjoy your posts with your great aunt inspirations!
Thanks for your kind words, Robin! Hope you got some rest 🙂
Salty dogs were a big favorite in my Maryland Terp college years, Liz. I never heard them called the Greyhound version sans salt, even. Nice. I like the grapefruit-and-vodka mix even more than the sweeter traditional orange juice screwdriver. Great educational post. And thanks, Larry! Let’s not forget Great-Aunt Helen’s inspirational Barbecue Chicken, either. Good work, Liz.
Wouldn’t have thought of it as a college favorite–you must have run with a sophisticated crowd, Mark 😉 I prefer the greyhound to the screwdriver as well. Not a big orange juice fan overall. You are generous with your comments–thanks!
I think the Salty Dog penchant came from the friends that I had from Annapolis, Md., the home of the Naval Academy.
First, props to you and your hub (oh, wait–the kids say “big ups” now). Big ups to you both for not wasting fruit. This cocktail sounds mighty fine. Over the past year, we’ve starting eating grapefruits like oranges, in sections, so as not to waste any goodness. I grew up eating Ruby Red grapefruits, so sweet and bright red, and I remember asking for grapefruit juice on a plane when I was a kid, and they brought me this beige-orange sludge in a can–so sour and tart, and I found it to be vile. So I would surely want the sweeter stuff.
Now who’s to say a Greyhound isn’t a Salty Dog after he’s just run a race? Dogs do actually sweat on their non-fur parts, so they could get quite salty on their nose and paws. I bet they’d love a refreshing citrus beverage. And what if you rimmed it with sugar? Does that make it a Sweet Dog? A Good Dog? BTW, I like your colorful platter. It reminds me of the Partridge Family.
Big ups? Not sure we should be using the language of younger generations. Has gotten us in to trouble in the past.
I eat grapefruit in sections, too 🙂 You get them fresh–your citrus would taste much better than what we have here in Minny-soda. Fresh is always best, yes.
So now you’re saying there is sweat in our cocktail? Hmmmm…. I will not feed my cocktail to a canine. A Sweet Dog, of course. And glad you like the groovy platter. Come on, get happy!
Nice, Liz. T his is so informative. I don’t know how to be a good bar tender, but nothing beats a good mixed drink, especially when fresh fruit or herbs are in it. Teach me how to make a spicy drink! I’m sure Aunt Helen would love that you’ve come up with a drink menu to match her recipe cards. I would love that.
Agree that nothing beats a good cocktail. Hence my aspiration to learn more 🙂 Spicy, huh? On of the best drinks I’ve had out is this one. http://www.citypages.com/bestof/2012/award/best-cocktail-for-putting-hair-on-your-chest-2455463/
Wondered if I could make my own habenero bitters, but seems like a bigger project than I’m looking for right now. Always appreciate your support, Amanda. Appreciate you’re being her very much.
Of course, I pretty much couldn’t get past that cute vintage tray! Keep those cocktails coming!
Thanks, Kerry. It’s all about those thrift stores 🙂
had never heard of a Greyhound but now I want a cocktail! Would you mind popping over to make me? #thanksInAdvance 😉
I’ll be there soon, mum 🙂 Glad to educate re: greyhound. It’s too simple to not know and enjoy. Thanks for coming over!
Why do I always show up here right after a cocktail post?!? I think it must be kismet!
Yes, kismet for sure. You do know how to sniff them out 😉 Thanks, Dave!
This drink has my name all over it 😀 Pres anyone?
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Cheers to you! Be sure to pour yourself another before you leave 😉 Thanks for coming over.
I never had the pleasure to have these 2 combined in a cocktail & that is why i made it, again & again! 😉 It was very yum yum too! xxx
yes, I think you’d like this one, Sophie. Would go nicely with many of the veg meals that you make 🙂 Thanks so much for being here!!!
Fresh grapefruit can work really well in a cocktail, can’t it? I’ve been using grapefruit zest in a locally distilled gin recently, which tastes absolutely great. This looks lovely too, and so simple to make!
Like where you’re going with this, Georgina!!! Are you infusing the gin or is it part of a cocktail? Thanks for your visit and comment 🙂