Basil Hound

Basil Hound

The Basil Hound. A refreshing cocktail that can be enjoyed in the afternoon or evening, heck, even in the morning! ….. At brunch with the girls, of course. Regardless of when you’re enjoying the Basil Hound (this is a judgement free zone), you’ll be incredibly impressed by its immediately crisp and awakening citrus bite – followed by the subtle, delicious taste of basil. Even while writing that sentence I want to head over to the kitchen and make myself one. But, I shall wait. Since I’ve only had a smoothie this morning, and I’d like to be able to continue to write in complete (and coherent) sentences for you.

What kind of basil do you use?

You’re at the store, about to get grab some basil for your Basil Hound, and realize, there’s more than one strand to choose from. There’s Sweet Basil, Holy Basil, Thai Basil, Lettuce Basil, and the list goes on. And by on, I mean there’s around 15 different types of basil. So which basil is best for this recipe? Sweet Basil. Which is the most popular brand to be found at your local grocery store.

What kind of vodka do you use for the Basil Hound?

Honestly, I’ve come to find that everyone has their own preference when it comes to vodka, or just liquor in general. I made this recipe using Tito’s Vodka. I fell in love with Tito’s when I was introduced to it when I moved to Austin, Texas. So, it’s usually on hand in the liquor cabinet, and convenient when making recipes. But, feel free to use the brand you like best!

What kind of grapefruit juice do you use?

Again, this goes back to personal preference. From Ocean Spray to Tropicana, it’s completely up to you. The only thing to take into consideration, is the amount of additives in the juice you purchase. It won’t ruin the recipe, so don’t worry! But if you purchase, let’s say, organic grapefruit juice squeezed that morning vs. juice that has 18 million grams of sugar, sodium and ‘added flavors’ of grape, apples and tears of your ex – then yes, your drink may taste different.

So there you have it folks! An incredibly easy (and tasty!) cocktail recipe that only takes a few minutes to make. Give it a whirl, and let me know what you think!



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Basil Hound

  • Author: Carmen
  • Prep Time: 5min
  • Total Time: 10min
  • Yield: 1 1x


A basil-y fresh take on the classic Greyhound cocktail.



  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 3 large basil leaves
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 1/1 ounce vodka
  • 2 ounces of grapefruit juice


  1. In a shaker, add sugar, basil and water; muddle lightly
  2. Then add vodka, grapefruit juice and ice to shaker
  3. Shake until chilled; strain into martini glass
  4. Garnish with grapefruit

  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

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