Bloodhound Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Bloodhound cocktail is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 20th century. It was first mentioned in Harry Craddock's 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' in 1930. The cocktail is named after the Bloodhound breed of dogs, known for their exceptional sense of smell. This cocktail is perfect for those who appreciate a strong, spirit-forward drink with a hint of fruitiness.

How Bloodhound Tastes?

The Bloodhound cocktail is a strong, spirit-forward drink with a hint of fruitiness. The gin provides a robust base, while the sweet vermouth and dry vermouth balance each other out. The addition of fresh strawberries adds a touch of sweetness and a fruity aroma.

Interesting facts about Bloodhound

  • The Bloodhound cocktail is named after the Bloodhound breed of dogs, known for their exceptional sense of smell.
  • It was first mentioned in Harry Craddock's 'The Savoy Cocktail Book' in 1930.
  • The cocktail is often garnished with a fresh strawberry to enhance its fruity aroma.


A few good options for Bloodhound are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The 1.5oz of Gin is the backbone of the Bloodhound, providing a complex base of botanical flavors. If you're less adventurous, too much gin may leave you feeling overgrown with botanicals, while too little would just make your strawberries lonely. And if gin's not your thing, try vodka for a neutral base, but say goodbye to those herbal notes.

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Sweet Vermouth

At 0.75oz, Sweet Vermouth adds a smooth, sweet, and herby touch. Trim it down, and your cocktail might taste sharp like a hound's bark. No sweet vermouth? A dollop of port might just do the trick, but it's like putting a cat in charge of guarding the house.

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Dry Vermouth

Another 0.75oz, because balance in vermouth, as in life, is key. Dry Vermouth counters the sweet, making sure your cocktail doesn't end up cloying. Substitute with a dry white wine if you must, but that's a different party.

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Fresh Strawberries

2 fresh strawberries bring the party to your shaker with their fruity festivity. Without them, it's not really a Bloodhound—more like a lost dog. No strawberries? Raspberries can play the same game, but the flavor will be tangier, like a Bloodhound with a bit more sass.

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Recipe. How to make Bloodhound Drink

  1. Muddle the strawberries in a shaker.
  2. Add the gin, sweet vermouth, and dry vermouth.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh strawberries for the best flavor.
  • Chill your cocktail glass before serving for a colder drink.
  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Plate

A selection of mild cheeses like Brie, Camembert, or even a mild Cheddar can complement the botanicals in the gin and the berries' freshness.

Seafood Appetizers

Light seafood appetizers like shrimp cocktail or scallops can provide a nice balance to the Bloodhound's bold flavors without overpowering it.

Fruit-Based Desserts

Try pairing with a strawberry tart or a mixed berry salad to echo the fresh strawberry flavor in the cocktail. Be cautious not to go too sweet here, though – the drink should be the star!

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What you could change in Bloodhound

  • Gin: You can substitute the gin with vodka for a less botanical flavor.
  • Sweet Vermouth: You can substitute the sweet vermouth with red vermouth if you prefer a more bitter taste.
  • Dry Vermouth: You can substitute the dry vermouth with white vermouth if you prefer a lighter taste.

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Raspberry Hound

  • Switch strawberries for raspberries
  • Add a dash of lemon juice
  • Garnish with fresh raspberries The Raspberry Hound is sassier, with a tangy kick that'll make you pucker up. It's like the Bloodhound's zesty cousin who's visiting from out of town. Packed with pizazz!

Hound's Bite

  • Replace sweet vermouth with an equal amount of Aperol
  • Include a thin slice of jalapeño
  • Shake and strain as usual The Hound's Bite gives the original recipe a spicy twist on the classic, with the Aperol adding a bittersweet citrus note accompanied by a gentle, warming heat. It's for those who like to walk on the wild side, but still on a leash.

The White Bloodhound

  • Use white creme de cacao in place of sweet vermouth
  • Use a splash of cream
  • Garnish with grated chocolate The White Bloodhound is a decadent dessert cocktail with a creamy texture and a hint of chocolate, rounding out the edges for a sweeter finish – suited for those with a sweet tooth that needs taming.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bloodhound

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Bloodhound

What type of glass is best for serving the Bloodhound cocktail?

A chilled cocktail or Martini glass is typically used for serving the Bloodhound cocktail.

Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones?

Fresh strawberries will provide the best flavor profile for this recipe, however frozen strawberries can be used if fresh ones aren't available.

I'm not a fan of gin. Can I substitute it with another type of alcohol?

Yes, you can substitute gin with vodka for a subtler taste.

How can I make this drink non-alcoholic?

You can substitute the gin and vermouth with non-alcoholic versions.

What other fruits can I use for this cocktail?

Raspberries or blackberries could also work well with this recipe, substituting or in addition to the strawberries.

What can I pair this cocktail with?

The Bloodhound pairs well with savory appetizers and rich, tangy cheese.

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