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Italian Greyhound Cocktail with Rosemary Sugar

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Italian greyhound is a pretty pink gin and grapefruit cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice, Aperol liqueur and a sparkling rosemary sugar rim.

A pink grapefruit cocktail in a rocks glass, rimmed with sugar and chopped rosemary.

This Italian greyhound pink gin cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice and a dash of bitter liqueur hits the spot when you’re craving adult refreshment.

It’s a great drink to make any time of year, and it’s not too sweet or strong.

There’s really nothing better than winding down with a glass of chilled rosΓ© or prosecco at the end of the day, especially during the warmer months.

But every once in a while a gin cocktail is in order.

A pink grapefruit cocktail in a rocks glass, rimmed with sugar and chopped rosemary.

I’m a fan of the liqueur Aperol, a brand of Italian bitters very much like Campari.

A light and refreshing drink we love is the Pamplemousse, a mixture of fresh grapefruit juice and white wine.

Sipping on it reminds me how refreshing grapefruit juice can be in a cocktail, especially when combined with gin and blended into concoctions like a Salty Dog.

Aperol is not quite as bitter as Campari, with a tiny bit more sweetness and more complex hints of herbal-citrus flavors.

You can use either one in this recipe, because the differences between them are pretty subtle.

A pink grapefruit cocktail in a rocks glass, rimmed with sugar and chopped rosemary.

I embellished this Italian greyhound by rimming the glass with rosemary sugar, which tempers the bitter edge of the grapefruit and Aperol with every sip.

Rosemary sugar is easy to make:

Mix 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves with 1/4 cup sugar.

A pink grapefruit cocktail in a rocks glass, rimmed with sugar and chopped rosemary.

You will love, love, love this drink! It’s dangerously thirst-quenching.

If you’re not usually a fan of gin and grapefruit, an Italian greyhound is a good place to get acquainted.

The complexity of herbs, roots and botanicals that go into a good gin match up nicely with grapefruit juice and aromatic piney rosemary.

Italian Greyhound Cocktail with Rosemary Sugar

Italian Greyhound Cocktail with Rosemary Sugar

Familystyle Food
If you’re looking for an easy twist on the classic greyhound, this Italian Greyhound cocktail will do the trick. It’s a thirst-quenching gin cocktail with fresh red grapefruit juice and Aperol liqueur.
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4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks and Cocktails
Cuisine beverage
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
  • 2 ounces (60 ml) gin
  • 4 ounces (120 ml) freshly squeezed pink or red grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) Aperol or Campari liqueur
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig, for garnish

Instructions 

  • Combine the rosemary and sugar and spread on a small plate.
  • Rub the edge of a glass on a wedge of fresh citrus β€” grapefruit would be perfect β€” then press the glass onto the plate, turning to coat.
  • Fill the glass with crushed ice. Add the gin, juice and Aperol. Garnish with a rosemary spring
  • Swirl or stir gently. Enjoy.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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41 Comments

  1. I have always thought a greyhound was made with grapefruit juice and vodka and a salty dog was made with gin, so this recipe confuses me. The addition of rosemary sugar on the rim however would be great with both. A splash of La Croix grapefruit sparkling water would give it a nice zip

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  4. A sexy drink indeed! The rosemary sugar is what really makes this special (as well as your gorgeously clean and calm photos!).

    We’re rounding-up everyone’s sexiest recipes this month on the Shine Supper Club and this would make an excellent contender. I hope you’ll join us!

  5. This is my new drink for the summer. I fell in love with Aperol on a trip to Venice, and am so happy to see it available in the States. I make mine with vodka because gin makes me mean.

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  7. I breed and exhibit Italian Greyhounds. I am going to provide these cocktails at my housewarming in the next couple of months.

  8. I had a very successful run with the following recipe at a restaurant I often consult for:

    1 1/2 oz. Charbay Ruby Red Grapefruit
    3 oz. Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice (I prefer the cocktail variety, of course)
    1/2 oz. Rosemary-infused Simple Syrup

    In a seltzer bottle, combine 8 oz. Aperol with 8 oz. of Sparkling water and charge.

    In a tall Collins glass rimmed with half turbinado sugar and kosher salt, add large ice cubes and the first 3 ingredients (adjust the Rosemary Syrup to taste) and stir well. Top with 1oz. of the Aperol Spritz. Garnish with a candied slice of grapefruit and sip to your heart’s content!

  9. I’ll go with tradition and stick with gin. I just made a batch of these, but carbonated them. Very refreshing. Made for a wonderful Sunday afternoon.

  10. I love Campari, so I am going on the hunt for Aperol! Will skip the rosemary sugar however, I once pricked my lip with fresh rosemary and my entire face swelled…apparently I am allergic! Beautiful bog…

  11. That sounds great! I drink gin a lot and Aperol a lot, but I don’t usually combine them…and with grapefruit, another fav! I’ll definitely be making this one. Also, love the idea of a rosemary sugared rim. Really creative. I can totally imagine how wonderful that would be with this cocktail…and others…hmm…dreaming of weekend cocktails…

    Thanks! I’m really excited about this one!

    1. Lindsay – ha! I love that you had that reaction.

      Hi Amy. I’m glad I found the Aperol. I’ll never abandon Campari, but it adds a little different “something” that I like.
      Yes, and funny that we think of Greyhound as a vodka drink these days. Traditionally it was made with gin. Just like martinis, gin has gone out of fashion in favor of vodka. I’d be telling my age, but I worked in a bar when I was in college, and served lots of gin Greyhounds!

      Jacqueline. I agree. But now you have something to look forward to later today. πŸ˜€

      Hi Carl! So glad to see your comment. I wish I could clink glasses with you.

  12. I read the same post at Orangette, and went to find some Aperol. I had been drinking Kettle One, grapefruit and Campari and thought I would try Aperol instead. I like them both, but still prefer the Campari.

    I was also surprised to see you call gin and grapefruit a “greyhound.” I usually think of a greyhound being grapefruit and vodka.

  13. That looks so refreshing! I am not a big Gin drinker but I’m going to go find some Aperol and make one with vodka. Could be my new summer cocktail!

  14. What a shame. I’m reading this at 8 a.m. Will have to wait at least a couple of hours to try it.

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