The Salted Tarragon Greyhound

The Salted Tarragon Greyhound A classic Greyhound consists of just two ingredients: vodka and grapefruit juice (perhaps a lemon wedge if you fancy garnishes).  My Salted Tarragon Greyhound, a twist on this refreshing classic, consists of grapefruit juice, home infused grapefruit tarragon vodka, flaky sea salt and agave nectar.  The sea salt added directly to the shaker helps cut the tartness of the grapefruit without adding any additional sweetness.  The finished cocktail has the perfect balance of sweet and tart with just a hint of tarragon in the background.  I’ll have to mention that after giving this cocktail a vigorous shake, the chilled, frothy liquid poured from the shaker is the most lovely shade of pale pink.  So beautiful.  Continue reading for the recipe.

Grapefruit Slices The Salted Tarragon Greyhound

Grapefruit tarragon infused vodka
Freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice, strained of pulp and seeds
Flaky sea salt or kosher salt
Agave nectar

Ruby red grapefruit wedges, for garnish

The Salted Tarragon Greyhound Fill a short glass to the top with ice.  Pour in grapefruit tarragon infused vodka ⅓ of the way.  Fill the remaining ⅔ with freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice.  Transfer liquids and ice to a cocktail shaker.  Add a small pinch of flaky sea salt, then add agave nectar to taste*.

Shake vigorously until well chilled.  Pop off the top of your cocktail shaker and pour everything (drink and ice) back into the short glass.  Garnish with a fresh wedge of ruby red grapefruit.

Makes 1 drink.

*  Agave nectar is a thick liquid sweetener.  You will need to shake up the cocktail to really incorporate it into the drink (if not, it will sink to the bottom).  I would recommend adding a bit, shaking, then tasting for sweetness.  If the drink is still too tart, add some more nectar, shake and then taste again.  For one of the drinks pictured above, I added 1 teaspoon of agave nectar.


    • Anonymous says

      Thanks! I’ve been experimenting with agave in my cocktails recently. So far so good. They key is just to shake it up a bit longer than a cocktail sweetened with simple syrup (because of the consistency).

  1. says

    That is one beautiful cocktail! I’d never heard of a Greyhound before, but even the regular one with just grapefruit juice and vodka sounds good. I’m sure your Grapefruit Tarragon Infused Vodka takes it to a whole new level!

  2. Elle (Bromography) says

    Congratulations on your recent Stylish Blogger Award! Stunning photography and delicious recipes like this make the award no surprise.

    • Anonymous says

      I haven’t tried this particular recipe with gin; however, I have had a greyhound with gin (very tasty). If you wanted to make this with gin rather than the infused vodka, you could try this: start by muddling up some tarragon and grapefruit chunks with ice in a shaker. Add gin, grapefruit juice, salt and agave nectar. Shake vigorously. Fill a short glass with ice, then strain cocktail into the glass. Garnish with grapefruit wedge. I might give this a try tonight!

  3. Becca Rice says

    when using agave in cocktails, you might try melting it into an equal part water to create an agave “simple syrup”; it’s easier to dissolve and also easier to control how much you are adding…


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