Add Maraschino Cherry syrup to this cocktail to smooth out the bite.

Add Maraschino Cherry syrup to this cocktail to smooth out the bite.

At Amoretti, one of our main philosophies is that gourmet taste doesn’t have to require gourmet tools or years of experience. We make the unique drink syrups and beverage ingredients that you need to express your creativity and develop your own custom recipes. We call these the “tools of creation.”

Today, we’d like to share with you two classic drink recipes never before mentioned on the Amoretti Blog: the Greyhound and the Salty Dog. (We did, however, write a Sizzlin’ Summer Greyhound drink recipe last month – a variation on the classic.)

Maraschino Cherry Syrup

Maraschino Cherry Syrup

What is a Greyhound?

Wondering what a Greyhound is in the first place? The Greyhound is an incredibly simple drink: gin (these days, vodka is also popular and acceptable) and grapefruit juice. Mix these two beverage ingredients together over ice in a Collins glass at a 1:2 ratio and you’ve got yourself a fine summer sipper.

… and a Salty Dog?

For a Salty Dog, all you have to do is rim a Collins glass with salt and then make your Greyhound! (Some will argue that a Salty Dog should also have an orange wheel as a garnish, but that’s up to you.)

Greyhound/Salty Dog Drink



Stir all ingredients in a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange wheel (optional). For a Salty Dog, rim with coarse salt first.

Brief History of the Greyhound & Salty Dog

Many people believe the Greyhound to be a creation of the Prohibition Era. However, many mixologists in the know believe this to be more fiction than fact. The truth is, grapefruit juice really didn’t become commonplace in the United States until the late 1950s/early 1960s. So the theory that the Greyhound rose to popularity during the Prohibition Era is more wishful thinking from fans of the highball than anything else.

Why Maraschino Cherry Syrup?

If the maraschino cherry doesn’t actually make an appearance in the Greyhound or Salty Dog, why do we rely on it for our versions of those cocktails? Well, the reason is simple. As much as we love grapefruit juice, it’s a beverage ingredient with just a little too much bite for our palates. By adding a touch of our Maraschino Cherry Syrup, we get the perfect sweetness to round it all out. Try it for yourself, and see!

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