Greyhound – A Classic Cocktail

GreyhoundOne of my favorite bars is in the country is Cafe Van Kleef in Oakland.  This unassuming spot on Telegraph Avenue is known for their greyhounds because the bartenders painstakingly press fresh grapefruits all night long.  The smell of citrus wafting through the air to the sounds of New Orleans-style live music is the perfect combination of California and kitsch.  And if you’re lucky, you’ll meet Benny the Tamales Man, who will bring you a delicious homemade tamal (request his super spicy hot sauce served in a gatorade bottle) for about $3.  Wash it down with a couple greyhounds ($7) and I would say you’ve had the perfect night.

Check out HIB’s homage to Oakland with our latest video, How to Make a Fresh Squeezed Greyhound and follow along with the recipe below:

Fresh-Squeezed Greyhound

  • 6 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1.5-2 oz good vodka
  • ice
  • grapefruit wedge for garnish

Fill your glass with ice and add the vodka.  Strain the grapefruit juice into the glass, stir, and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.  Enjoy the deliciousness!