Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

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We will be toasting the end of a busy summer this weekend with a couple of these refreshing Rosemary Greyhound Cocktails.

The rosemary infused simple syrup turns this drink into a delightful combo of crisp and fruity flavors, an improvement, I think, on the classic greyhound made with grapefruit and vodka. Pink grapefruit adds a pretty blush to the cocktail and the rosemary sprig garnish is a built-in swizzle stick, adding a touch of rosemary to every sip of your drink.

Rosemary grows year round here in San Diego, thriving on neglect and little or no water. Our neighborhood is filled with rosemary hedges, much favored by honey bees when they are blooming with tiny blue flowers.

Many thanks to Natalie of “Tastes Lovely” for generously sharing her gorgeous cocktail. You can check out her beautiful site here.

Cheers and Happy Labor Day – may fall and winter bring the badly needed rains to drought-plagued California…

LtC TIP: You can store leftover rosemary syrup in your fridge for at least a week.

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Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail
Recipe type: summer cocktail
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Serves: 2 cocktails
A classic summer cocktail, the greyhound, infused with rosemary.
  • Simple syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Cocktails:
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
  • 8 ounces fresh pink grapefruit juice, strained
  • rosemary sprigs (optional garnish)
  1. Simple syrup: using a small sauce pan, dissolve the sugar into water over low heat. Pour hot syrup into a heat-proof container, add the rosemary springs, stir and cool.
  2. Cocktails: combine the vodka, rosemary syrup and strained grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and serve.



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13 Responses to Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

  1. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely September 4, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    This look absolutely beautiful! Don’t you just love the pretty pink color. And lucky you having such an abundance of rosemary! Have a great 3 day weekend : )

    • Liz September 4, 2015 at 9:37 am #

      Thank you again for sharing your recipe – they are delicious! Happy holiday weekend –

  2. Suzanne September 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

    Liz those drinks are gorgeous and delicious. I love grapefruit and rosemary what a lovely combination wit the vodka. They are so pretty too!

    • Liz September 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

      Thanks, Suzanne – enjoy the long weekend.

  3. Lynda September 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    Sounds wonderful – have a nice holiday!

    • Liz September 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

      It was great to see you last month, Lynda – keep on cooking!

  4. Barb | Creative Culinary September 4, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Just lovely; I like your changes a lot!

    • Liz September 5, 2015 at 8:01 am #

      Thanks, Barb – your cocktails never fail to inspire me.

  5. Wendy Read September 5, 2015 at 6:44 am #

    Enjoy the Labor Day weekend friend! This cocktail looks so tasty as well, and your flowering rosemary, wow!

  6. Sippitysup September 6, 2015 at 10:09 am #

    Cheers and YES to the rain. XOGREG

    • Liz September 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

      I think it will be a wet winter – fingers crossed!

  7. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver September 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    If I make fried chicken, will you make these cocktails for me?!

    • Liz September 6, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

      A great combo, Lisa xo

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