Southbound Greyhound Cocktail Recipe

Picture this…sun shining, birds singing, slight breeze, and your sitting in your favorite outdoor patio chair sipping a delicious grapefruit vodka cocktail! Ah, could life get any better? Make this dream a reality today by checking out our Southbound Greyhound cocktail recipe below!

Southbound Greyhound Cocktail Recipe: Slightly above view of finished cocktail showing large round garnish of grapefruit, lime slice in drink and roasemary sticking out the glass.

Create your Southbound Greyhound Cocktail

Tangy, juicy, and a little bit sweet; grapefruit is such a uniquely delicious citrus we love! Mix it with vodka and club soda and you have this delicious Southbound Greyhound cocktail!

Garnish with slices of grapefruit, lime, and some rosemary if you wish. You can also blend up from fresh grapefruit and lime to add to your drink if you wish! This cocktail may seem simple but it packs a nice flavor profile that instantly makes it one of our top favorite cocktails to make, especially when hosting some friends in the summertime.

Completed greyhound cocktail with garnish with a slice lime and grapefruit on the side with rosemary. Bottle of vodka in the background.

Where Does the Greyhound Name Come From?

This cocktail dates way back to the 1940s! Where it mixed regular vodka and grapefruit juice together. The original recipe actually used Gin as it was way more common to have Gin based cocktails than vodka cocktails. Vodka’s popularity grew after the war and gin’s popularity went down. So more recipes started to replace Gin with vodka.

The greyhound cocktail was first served at the popular restaurant chain that was located at the greyhound bus terminal, called “Post House”. So yes, this drink gets it’s name from the bus line!

Southbound Greyhound Cocktail Recipe: Showing yellow drink in clear wine stemless glass with fake white roses in the background.

How About a Greyhound Mocktail?

This one’s pretty easy to turn into a mocktail! All you have to do is omit your Grapefruit vodka. Replacing it you have two options: add grapefruit juice or you can non-alcoholic vodka mixed with some grapefruit juice. Both will keep the strong grapefruit flavor you want and allow everyone to enjoy this cocktail!

You can also blend up some actual grapefruit and mix into your cocktail, this will be less sweet than using juice. You may need to add a bit of sugar if you wish.

Whichever style you decide, add your club soda and garnish as you would with your regular cocktail. Cheers!

Bottle of grapefruit vodka, white roses, cut up grapefruit, lime and rosemary with completed cocktail in the middle.

Recipe for Our Southbound Greyhound Cocktail

Above view showing cocktail with ice, bottle of vodka beside it, lime, and sliced open grapefruit with rosemary.


  • 1 Part Grapefruit Vodka
  • 2 Parts Club Soda
  • Lime, Rosemary & Grapefruit for Garnish
  • Ice Cubes
Southbound Greyhound Cocktail Recipe ingredients shown from above; Club soda bottle, grapefruit vodka bottle, ice cube tray, grapefruit sliced in half, limes, straw, and rosemary.


  1. Fill desired glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the grapefruit vodka.
Grapefruit vodka being poured into cocktail mix.
  1. Top off with club soda.
club soda being poured into cocktail.
  1. Garnish with Grapefruit, lime, and rosemary.
Completed cocktail with grapefruit and lime slices with a fresh rosemary piece sticking out.
  1. Cheers and enjoy!
Southbound Greyhound Cocktail Recipe: completed cocktail with white roses, vodka bottle, and garnishes surrounding it.
Southbound Greyhound Cocktail Recipe

Southbound Greyhound Cocktail Recipe

Our take on the classic Greyhound is a must try! Perfect for sipping in the backyard catching some sun or enjoying with friends!


  • 1 Part Grapefruit Vodka
  • 2 Parts Club Soda
  • Lime, Grapefruit, and Rosemary for Garnish
  • Ice Cubes


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the grapefruit vodka.
  3. Top off with club soda.
  4. Garnish with grapefruit, Lime, and Rosemary.

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