The Greyhound

A few weeks ago, Eric and I took my dad to Drink, a very trendy Boston bar where the mixologists create libations based on your desired flavor profile.  There’s no menu available, so they ask what kind of liquor you like or if there’s a specific cocktail you’re fond of.  It’s also common for patrons to tell the bartender what mood they’re in… or what mood they’d like to be in.  See… totally trendy. But, you know what, they always nail the drinks.  Like, spot on.  You end up leaving with a new respect for the craft of mixing cocktails.

I think it was a fun experience for my father, who enjoys scotch and beer and wine, but hasn’t really dabbled with cocktails.  With a little guidance from us during our visits home, he’s starting to learn a bit more about creating them.  He especially likes drinks with citrus and bourbon.  On our night out, we had the bartenders whip up versions of the Brown Derby (bourbon, grapefruit, honey syrup) and with each sip, his eyes lit up.  We sent him home with a few recipes… now he has to try them on his own.

Eric and I have been working on a lot of grapefruit cocktails (we’re a little obsessed actually).  I’ve done bourbon, gin, vodka, tequila… all of them work in their own way.  This is my take on the Greyhound.  I’ve made a few modifications from the original recipe.  I’ve seen many that call for vodka over gin and I just prefer the herbaceousness gin lends to a citrus cocktail.  To create depth, I’ve added in a few dashes of bitters, which brings in some spice, and a squeeze of lime to give it a zip.  These go down rather easily, which is never a bad thing for a cocktail. Just beware.

  • March 28, 2013 - 3:01 am

    Amy - The greyhound is my all time favorite cocktail. I’ve never tried it with the bitters though! I’ll have to give that’s try this weekend. Gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen - Stunning photos! I love how you always manage to showcase the natural beauty, texture, and colors of your ingredients.

    Drink is one of my favorite places in Boston. I normally go for the bourbon or whiskey drinks as well, but gin paired with grapefruit sounds like the perfect combination!ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 8:54 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Why is my face not in this right now?ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 9:31 am

    Heidi @foodiecrush - I have a box of Texas grapefruit begging to be used. Welcome to your destiny.ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    JulieD - Love this…this is so perfect for the season, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    Eileen - GIN. Gin wins over vodka every time. I’m excited to try out a couple of these this weekend–before the citrus has vanished from the farmer’s market. :)ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    dixya@food, pleasure, and health - what an interesting concept for the drinks.would love to visit it when I am there. I like my gin with hint of citrus. Greyhound is right up my alley!!! I am ready for Friday nowReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    Shannon - YUM! This sounds absolutely fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    Mr. & Mrs. P - Love this… Making some this weekend!ReplyCancel

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    Bunkycooks - I think this will be a perfect cocktail for June! See you then. :-)ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 6:13 pm

    Daisy - Drink is so much fun. And I love grapefruit cocktails. well done.ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    shelly (cookies and cups) - I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with bitters lately…I need to try this for sure!ReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 8:27 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - Gorgeous! Greyhound is actually one of my favourite drinks, Brian! Maybe someday in the near future we can chat over a few in person! Stunning post. xoReplyCancel

  • March 28, 2013 - 11:49 pm

    Kiran @ - Great photos, Brian!! I love anything with grapefruit. And I love the idea of mixologist creating cocktails based on drink/mood profile. So cool :)ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Stacey - Yum and I really need to try this! Love your images Bri….ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Joanne - I went to a bar like this last year and they made me a grapefruit ginger cocktail…OMG good. So now I’m eternally enthralled by all things grapefruit mixed with alcohol…hence why I pretty much need this in my life.ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2013 - 11:27 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - This is my kind of drink, perky and a little sweet!ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Jeanette - Love grapefruit – what a bright cocktail!ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    Kate S. - There’s something so classic about the greyhound, I always feel very mature when I order one. Also quite refreshing and sounds perfectly fitting for spring!ReplyCancel

  • March 29, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Mmmm I love a good Greyhound. I’ve never added bitters to mine. I’ll have to give this a try!ReplyCancel

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    Andrew Frishman - MMMMnnn… I Loves me some grapefruit!

    ¡los cocteles son paraiso!ReplyCancel

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    Arthur in the Garden! - I love the Swedish House Mafia music video that was also used as a commercial for alcohol brand. The robotic greyhounds were cool!ReplyCancel

  • April 1, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    Michelle @ Taste As You Go - Stephen and I went to Drink when we were in Boston for my birthday last year. We loved the vibe of the place and the bartenders were fantastic. Your post is making me want to go back! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 2, 2013 - 4:50 pm

    Jill - What a delicious cocktail, haven’t heard of it before, but really looking forward to giving it a try!ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Shaina - So, I, um, had all the ingredients for this, and now it is not yet 4 p.m. and I have a cocktail. I was just testing out the recipe. That is what I’m telling myself anyway. Happy hour started early this Thursday.ReplyCancel

  • March 30, 2013 - 1:57 pm

    A Thought For Food - I love that video. Cracks me up every timeReplyCancel

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