The Italian Greyhound is a variation of the classic Greyhound cocktail, which is simply vodka and grapefruit juice. The Italian Greyhound adds a splash of Campari, an Italian aperitif, giving the cocktail a bitter edge and a beautiful rosy color. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy a refreshing, citrusy drink with a bit of a kick.
The Italian Greyhound is a refreshing, citrusy cocktail with a bitter edge. The sweetness of the grapefruit juice balances the bitterness of the Campari, while the vodka adds a smooth, strong undertone.
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If you don't have Campari, you can substitute it with another bitter aperitif like Aperol. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can replace the grapefruit juice with orange juice.
Ruby Red Greyhound
Swap out the regular grapefruit juice for ruby red grapefruit juice, and you'll add a hint of sweetness and a blushing color that's perfect for a summer soirée. Use 2 oz vodka, 4 oz ruby red grapefruit juice, and 1 oz Campari. You'll find a touch of sweetness taming the bitterness, creating a dance of flavors that's sure to please the palate.
Introduce a sprig of rosemary and a splash of elderflower liqueur into the mix. The rosemary adds an aromatic quality, while the elderflower offers a flowery sweetness. Stir 2 oz vodka, 3.5 oz grapefruit juice, 1 oz Campari, and 0.5 oz elderflower liqueur together. The flavor is like a gentle sea breeze with a floral whisper — a touch more complex and perfect for a fancy night in.
Give the Italian Greyhound a fiery spin by infusing the vodka with jalapeños. Let sliced jalapenos mingle with the vodka for a few hours. Then, shake 2 oz of the infused vodka with 4 oz grapefruit juice and 1 oz Campari. The heat will take you by surprise, igniting a fiery dance with the bitterness of Campari and the tartness of the grapefruit.
Can I prepare the Italian Greyhound cocktail ahead of time?
This cocktail is best served fresh for its tangy and refreshing attributes. However, you can prepare a larger batch of the cocktail mixture (excluding the ice) and store it in the fridge. Just before serving, add ice and give it a good stir.
Can I substitute vodka with another type of alcohol?
Yes, you may substitute vodka with gin or tequila, though it may affect the taste profile of the cocktail.
What is the best time to enjoy the Italian Greyhound cocktail?
The Italian Greyhound, being a refreshing and citrusy cocktail, is perfect for summertime enjoyment or as an aperitif to stimulate the appetite before meals.
Why is it called the 'Italian Greyhound'?
The cocktail takes its name from the Italian aperitif, Campari, used in its recipe and the Greyhound cocktail which it is a variant of. The Greyhound cocktail only includes grapefruit juice and vodka but the Italian Greyhound introduces Campari to give it a bitter edge.