Summer Drink Cocktail Recipe: the Greyhound Rescue

Posted on May 25, 2016

Summer Drink Cocktail Recipe: the Greyhound Rescue

Highball Week may have ended on Friday, but our enthusiasm for tall, ice-filled glasses hasn’t. Maybe something that we should have mentioned during highball week is that, in case you want to try to design your own highball, the standard highball proportions are

  • 2 oz spirit
  • .5 to 1 oz secondary ingredient–liqueur or juice usually
  • 4 to 6 oz soda of some kind–club soda, ginger ale or beer, etc.

For today’s highball, we wanted something like a greyhound (vodka plus grapefruit juice, in the above proportions, with no secondary) but with more flavor of the non-grapefruit variety. So, we exchanged the vodka for gin, and added vermouth–and even bumped it up to double the usual secondary ingredient level–to bring even more botanicals than the gin alone accomplishes.

Like with the Paloma last week, we used an Italian grapefruit soda. Both grapefruit juice and sodas like Squirt are heavier and sweeter than we were looking for for this drink.


  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz dry vermouth
  • 4 oz Italian grapefruit soda
  • slice of grapefruit (for garnish)


  • Add gin and dry vermouth to an ice-filled highball glass, and stir just enough to mix.
  • Pour the grapefruit soda over the top.
  • Add grapefruit garnish.

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