Jasmine flower greyhound

image of small Dublin glass with a large grapefruit garnish and surrounded by cream colored flowers

Jasmine flower greyhound

A stunning floral and tart grapefruit jasmine flower greyhound cocktail, an elegant spin on our favorite classic cocktail with grapefruit juice.

The classic greyhound cocktail is a refreshingly tart drink that can be made quickly. The simplicity of this popular mixed drink is what makes it so well loved, and it requires nothing more than vodka or gin and grapefruit juice. This simple drink offers an excellent base for experimentation: so we put our spin on it and added Jasmin simple syrup for the gorgeous floral essence and natural honey notes.

overhead shot of three Dublin glasses filled with grapefruit juice cocktail garnished with grapefruit

Harry Craddock is responsible for one of the most famous recipes in cocktail history. His simple variation on a classic grapefruit drink dates back to 1930 and pairs well with both vodka or gin, depending upon your preference! In 1945, the class greyhound with vodka drink appeared in Harper's Magazine, and by the '50s, it became a popular bar menu item found at at restaurants found at Greyhound bus terminals, hence the name.

overhead shot of glass of grapefruit juice cocktail with cream roses next to it

The jasmine greyhound is a perfect fit for any occasion, from brunch to happy hour and cocktail parties.

Ingredients:

  • vodka or gin
  • grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • jasmine simple syrup
  • grapefruit wedge for garnish

How to make jasmine syrup:

Gather your ingredients, you'll need

  • Fresh organic jasmine flowers or dried organic jasmine flowers - quantities in recipe card.
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and flowers until it comes to a simmer. 
  • Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let the liquid cool. 
  • Lastly, strain the liquid from the flowers into a jar with a fine mesh sieve and store in a container with an airtight lid.

How to make this drink:

  • Make your jasmine syrup and let it cool
  • Squeeze your grapefruit into your cocktail shaker
  • Add in your jasmine syrup
  • Add in your vodka or gin
  • Shake well
  • Pour over a glass with ice
  • Garnish with grapefruit wedge or jasmine flower

Expert tips:

  • In any drink that has only two ingredients, the quality of each matters. Begin with a good vodka, though it doesn't have to be your best.
  • Grapefruit juice makes up most of the drink, and it's best with freshly squeezed juice. The citrus juicer makes fast work of a few grapefruits, and it doesn't take up much space in the kitchen or bar. You should be able to get enough juice from a single grapefruit for one greyhound.
  • When choosing store-bought juice, look for a quality brand without pulp or added sugar.
image of small Dublin glass with a large grapefruit garnish and surrounded by cream colored flowers

Jasmine greyhound

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A stunning floral and tart grapefruit jasmine greyhound cocktail, an elegant spin on our favorite classic cocktail with grapefruit juice.

Ingredients

  • Jasmine simple syrup:
  • ½ cup Fresh organic jasmine flowers or ¼ cup dried organic jasmine flowers
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • Cocktail:
  • 2 ounces vodka, or gin
  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces Jasmine simple syrup
  • Grapefruit wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make jasmine syrup:
  2. In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and flowers until it comes to a simmer. 
    Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
    Remove from heat and let the liquid cool. 
    Lastly, strain the liquid from the flowers into a jar with a fine mesh sieve and store in a container with an airtight lid.

    2. To make cocktail:

    Squeeze your grapefruit into your cocktail shaker
    Add in your jasmine syrup
    Add in your vodka or gin
    Shake well
    Pour over a glass with ice
    Garnish with grapefruit wedge or jasmine flower

Notes

Serve immediately over ice

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 102Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgProtein 2g

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