The Italian Greyhound, A Winter Cocktail

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The Italian Greyhound, A Winter Cocktail

Earlier this week I promised to feature a recipe from my favorite new cookbook, “Prune”. I decided to make a cocktail, the Italian Greyhound, to showcase the height of citrus season here in Southern California.

Campari, the ubiquitous Italian aperitif, tastes kind of bitter and takes some time to grow accustomed to, but it is a gorgeous ruby red color that perks up any drink. It was pretty expensive for the tablespoon I needed, so we will be experimenting with other drinks that call for Campari. Maybe I will try a Negroni next…

We had a pink grapefruit in the kitchen fruit bowl, so I used that and picked a sprig of rosemary from the garden.


TIP: It took me a long time to finally invest in a one-ounce measure, what I call a “jigger”. Come to think of it, our friend Jan gave us hers. It certainly makes a more precisely measured cocktail.

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The Italian Greyhound, A Winter Cocktail
Recipe type: cocktail
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Serves: 1 cocktail
A citrus-y winter cocktail.
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • splash of Campari
  • sprig of rosemary (optional garnish)
  1. Pour the grapefruit juice, vodka and Campari into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into a glass filled with ice.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.


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21 Responses to The Italian Greyhound, A Winter Cocktail

  1. Beth (OMG! Yummy) January 30, 2015 at 9:38 am #

    So simple, so luscious looking. A perfect Friday post! Cheers!

    • Liz January 30, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks, Beth – TGIF –

  2. Suzanne January 30, 2015 at 2:22 pm #

    I love this and am a big Campari fan, I think the Grapefruit compliments the Campari beautifully. I like it muddled with lime and sugar and then pour some soda water over it. So good!!

    • Liz January 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      Great idea, Suzanne, especially when the weather warms up –

  3. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence January 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Love the addition of Campari here!!

    • Liz January 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

      Brandon, we should have a SD food bloggers cocktail party sometime –

  4. Wendy Read January 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

    Delightful photo and gorgeous drink Liz! I don’t have Prune yet, you are making me want to purchase a copy now ๐Ÿ™‚ Campari can be used in many things (jams, cakes, etc.), I am sure you will find many more uses for it! XOXO

    • Liz January 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      It is a terrific cookbook, Wendy, and I’m going to call on you for recipes to use this huge and expensive bottle of Campari –

  5. Pam (Sidewalk Shoes) January 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    Pinned! I always have all these ingredients on hand!!! Also, I started an cocktail/anything alcohol linky party on my other blog, Grey is the New Black - I would love it if you link up! It will be every Tuesday and it’s called Tipsy Tuesday.

    • Liz January 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks for the invite – I don’t usually post a cocktail every week but have a few on ice.

  6. Ani {@afotogirl} January 30, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    So pretty! I had to buy a bottle of Campari for a cocktail from Drunken Botanist for a food cover. I have yet to use it again. This sounds like a good use for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Liz January 31, 2015 at 7:17 am #

      Hope you try it, Ani – and I have those Meyer lemons for you any time.

  7. Sippitysup February 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Don’t you love how winter here resembles spring most places? Cheers. GREG

  8. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver February 4, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Liz, another beautiful cocktail! You inspire me to break free from our usual cocktail rut and try something new. We’re so lucky to have such great citrus in San Diego!

    • Liz February 4, 2015 at 1:15 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa – it’s fun to try something new, especially if it’s pretty.

  9. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian February 18, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    What a stunning color this cocktail is!! Neither Myles nor I are big drinkers of hard alcohol, but this drink might change our minds. I’ve seen the cookbook Prune in all the stores – it sounds like you really like it!!

    • Liz February 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

      “Prune” is a fabulous cookbook and such an original style to it – would love to visit her restaurant.

  10. EA-The Spicy RD October 16, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    I tried Campari for the first time this summer in Italy. I’m not sure it’s my favorite, but I LOVE a good Greyhound, and this one looks so pretty-I definitely have to try it!

    • Liz October 16, 2015 at 10:37 am #

      I, too, have a long way to go regarding appreciating Campari, but it is SO pretty.

  11. Barbara | Creative Culinary October 16, 2015 at 1:08 pm #

    I’ve always struggled a bit with Campari; a Negroni has never been a favorite of mine. But a splash? That I could do because it sure does make a drink beautiful. Have you ever tried Aperol? I call it Campari Light…similar and made by the same company but much less herbaceous and bitter.

    • Liz October 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      Amazing coincidence, Barb – just home from the grocery store, having noticed Aperol and wondering what I could make with it – honest!

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