Italian greyhound is a pretty pink gin and grapefruit cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice, Aperol liqueur and a sparkling rosemary sugar rim.
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 rosé 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- Combine the rosemary and sugar and spread on a small plate.
- Rub the edge of a glass on a wedge of fresh citrus — grapefruit would be perfect — 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.