Italian greyhound is a pretty peach-colored gin cocktail, with a dash of Aperol liqueur and a simple rosemary sugar rim.
There’s not much better than lingering with a cocktail at the end of the day, and this refreshing gin Greyhound made with fresh grapefruit hits the spot.
This is a perfect summer or warm-weather drink. I stock up on chilled rosé for summer drinking, but every once in a while I like to start the night (or afternoon. Ahem) off with something a little lighter in alcohol.
I was inspired by Molly of Orangette, who wrote about a pretty salmon-colored drink she liked that included the liqueur Aperol, a brand of Italian bitters very much like Campari.
That drink, a Pamplemousse, is mixed with fresh grapefruit juice and white wine. But it reminded me how refreshing grapefruit juice can be in a cocktail, especially with gin in a warm weather drink, blended into Salty Dogs or Greyhounds.
After a short search around my local liquor stores, I rounded up a bottle of Aperol. It’s not quite as bitter as Campari, with a tiny bit more sweetness and more complex hints of herbal-citrus flavors.
I made my Italian Greyhound and embellished it a little by rimming the glass with rosemary sugar – easily made in a mini food processor or spice grinder: 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary and 1/4 cup sugar.
I love, love, love this drink! It makes me appreciate gin – a spirit I don’t usually drink- all those herbs, roots and botanicals get along so nicely together and it’s dangerously thirst-quenching.
italian greyhound cocktail with rosemary sugar
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
1/4 cup sugar
1 -2 ounces gin (your choice)
4 ounces freshly squeezed pink or red grapefruit juice
1 ounce Aperol or Campari liqueur
- Combine the rosemary and sugar in a shallow bowl.
- Rub the edge of a glass on a wedge of fresh citrus - grapefruit would be perfect. Put some of the rosemary sugar on a plate and rim the glass.
- Fill the glass with crushed ice. Add the gin and juice, and top with a splash or two of Aperol.
- Swirl or stir gently - enjoy.