Today’s Lady Greyhound Cocktail is a refreshing, citrusy craft cocktail that is non-traditional take on the Greyhound Cocktail.
Perfect all year long these can be made in the winter when grapefruit is in season as a refreshing foil to all of that rich holiday food. Or make them in the warm spring and summer to help cool you down!
I love fruit of all kinds, and I do love honey, and I do really enjoy a good craft cocktail from time to time. But it’s no secret that I don’t have a mega sweet tooth.
I am not the girl who’s going to drink a frozen strawberry daiquiri or pina colada. I’m a weirdo. I know.
Enter the Lady Greyhound Cocktail, stage right.
While at Rusconi’s American Kitchen in Phoenix a while back, I tried a cocktail called the Grapefruit of Wrath made with grapefruit, Earl Grey infused vodka, agave, and thyme and it was delicious. I needed to replicate the level of refreshment that cocktail had provided.
My version was inspired by that cocktail and the classic Greyhound cocktail, which is basically grapefruit juice and gin or vodka. I subbed in a Lady Grey infused vodka for the Earl Grey, because I like the slightly milder black tea and bergamot flavour of the Lady Grey.
As for the agave, well, I’m a bee-keeper, so I’m far likelier to have honey when looking for a liquid sweetener. I nixed the thyme in favour of sage which imparts a very subtle lemony, woodsiness scent to the drink. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice rounded out this super refreshing mixed drink.
The end result was a Lady Greyhound Cocktail that I know I’ll be reaching for when I entertain this all year long. It is so very good.
What is the difference between Lady Grey and Earl Grey?
Earl Grey Tea is a black tea flavoured with bergamot oil. Lady Grey is also black tea flavoured with bergamot oil, but it also contains lemon and orange peel.
It’s just a wee bit more citrusy, making it the perfect match for the grapefruit in this cocktail.
Do I need fresh squeezed grapefruit juice for my greyhound cocktail?
No. You don’t actually need fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, but boy is it good!
If you can’t find good quality grapefruit, you can certainly sub in good quality, purchased, fresh/refrigerated red grapefruit juice. I don’t recommend making it from concentrate or shelf-stable grapefruit juice, though.
Are red grapefruit or white grapefruit better?
For our purposes today, I recommend using a red grapefruit variety. It is noticeably sweeter than most white grapefruit and makes a more visually pleasing cocktail.
If you have a strong preference for white grapefruit, though, by all means use it! It will still be delicious.
-You can substitute purchased Earl Grey Vodka for the Lady Grey Infused Vodka if you prefer, but pssssst… it’s just as easy to make your own. Please trust me!
-Choose a mild honey so it doesn’t compete with the grapefruit juice and sage. Orange blossom honey is a nice, neutral choice for this cocktail.
-After you muddle the honey and sage together, keep your muddler in the cocktail shaker. Once you’ve added the vodka to the shaker, you can stir with the muddler to dissolve the honey into the vodka.
This will help incorporate the honey better into the drink. If you wait until you’ve added the ice, the honey will firm up and be much harder to dissolve.
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Use these to make Lady Greyhound Cocktails
Lady Greyhound Cocktail
-Muddle the honey and sage together in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka in and use the muddler to stir, dissolving the honey into the vodka.
-Add ice to the shaker, pour the grapefruit juice over the ice. Fix the lid in place and shake vigoriously.
-Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice. Strain the contents of the cocktail strainer into the glasses.
-Garnish each glass with 2 slices of grapefruit and a small fresh sage leaf or two.
Lady Greyhound Cocktail – Tea Infused Cocktail
- 4 whole fresh sage leaves
- 1 tablespoon mild honey
- 1/4 cup Lady Grey Infused Vodka 4 ounces
- 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice 12 ounces
- slice of fresh grapefruit cut into quarters
- fresh sage
- Muddle the honey and sage together in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka in and use the muddler to stir, dissolving the honey into the vodka. Add ice to the shaker, pour the grapefruit juice over the ice. Fix the lid in place and shake vigorously.Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice. Strain the contents of the cocktail strainer into the glasses. Garnish each glass with 2 quarters of grapefruit and a fresh sage leaf.