This Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail is bright and tart with fresh grapefruit juice, and sweetened with an earthy rosemary simple syrup!

Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail with fresh grapefruit slices

My First Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

Since returning home from St. Simons Island, Georgia a few weeks ago, I have eaten an entire bag of ruby red grapefruit almost entirely on my own. Juiced for weekend cocktails, halved for breakfast alongside a slice of buttery toast, and sectioned over fresh green salads, grapefruit are my “it” citrus right now.

I blame Executive Chef Robert Bleifer from the Food Network for my current grapefruit fascination. Robert traveled from NYC to the HGTV Dream Home to entertain our group with his wonderful eats and drinks. When we stepped out onto the gorgeous backyard patio that evening, we were greeted with fresh grapefruit juice cocktails, so pretty in bright orangey-pink. Then we filled our plates with grilled shrimp, crab cake sliders, steak and potato kebabs, and little chocolate cheesecakes. It was an evening I will never forget.

This Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail recipe is the same one we enjoyed that evening in the back yard of the HGTV Dream Home. If you like grapefruit juice, you will adore this beautiful drink.

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Food Network Executive Chef Robert Bleifer

Meet Executive Food Network Chef Robert Bleifer. I said that I blame him for my consumption of a whole bag of grapefruit. But really, I thank him. I had forgotten how much I enjoy a good grapefruit.

a bowl of grapefruit


And then meet the grapefruit that made those rosemary greyhound cocktail glasses shine. The juice in those drinks came from grapefruit picked right from the property of the HGTV Dream Home. As did the rosemary. Isn’t that even more lovely to know?!

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The Inn at Sea Island - St. Simons, Georgia

Now that you’ve seen the HGTV Dream Home, I wanted to share a few highlights about its location on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Located about halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida, this quaint coastal community is steeped in history, rich in golf, and full of Southern charm. Travel + Leisure even ranked St. Simons Island as America’s No. 1 Favorite Beach Town in 2014.

Our group stayed at the very lovely Inn at Sea Island (above), which offers more casual accommodations within the internationally acclaimed Sea Island properties (including four Forbes Five-Star experiences).

St. Simons Colonial Island Trolley Tours

Transportation around the island every day was provided by Captain Rod and the Saint Simons Colonial Island Trolley Tours. If you visit the island, I highly recommend looking up Captain Rod. I’m convinced that he’s the authority on St. Simons Island history and current culture. He’s incredibly passionate about sharing what he knows, and he does it all with a super spunky skip in his step.

Another place that can help you out is the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau. We stopped in there before starting our tour of the island. You’ll find a small museum and gift shop, plus super lovely folks who can tell you anything you need to know about St. Simons Island.

St. Simons Island, Georgia tree spirits and live oak

We were introduced to one of the tree spirits of St. Simons Island. There are about 20 unique tree carvings located on the island, immortalizing the countless sailors (and mermaids?) who lost their lives at sea aboard the mighty sailing ships that were once made from St. Simons Island oak. I learned that live oak timbers milled here, way back in 1794, were used in building “Old Ironsides”, the U.S.S. Constitution. And in 1874, timbers were cut here for the Brooklyn Bridge. The island’s umbrella of giant live oaks is definitely impressive, and very much a part of their rich history.

The Cloister at Sea Island in St. Simons, Georgia

These images are from our visit to the prestigious and incredibly elegant Sea Island property, The Cloister.

We also visited The Lodge property our first evening, where we walked down an exposed-brick staircase to their candle-lit wine cellar. This very intimate space, where we were treated to a private meal perfectly paired with wines from their extensive collection, was a wonderful way to kick off our time together on the island.

vintage yacht named Cloister Belle

I always LOVE when I can get out on the water. So I especially enjoyed our time aboard the Cloister Belle, The Cloister’s vintage yacht. With the warm sun overhead, we enjoyed a leisurely ride through the beautiful tidal marshes.

a view from a boat deck


A low country boil at The Cloister on St. Simons Island, Georgia

Then we dined alongside the marshes at a low country boil, a traditional Southern meal of seasoned shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cob. And, of course, endless glasses of sweet, sweet tea.

Christ Church on St. Simons Island, Georgia

This is one of my very favorite moments from my visit to St. Simons Island. Standing in dappled sunshine, gazing at Christ Church, huge live oak overhead hanging in silvery moss.

This is the site where John and Charles Wesley preached before returning to England to help found the Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church. The first church structure was built in 1820 but was partially destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War. This present structure was built in 1884 and remains home to an active Episcopal congregation on the island. The grounds are a lovely walk, with a hauntingly beautiful cemetery of graves of early settlers and many famous Georgians.


Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail with fresh rosemary and grapefruit

Now I’ll leave you with the recipe for this tart-sweet rosemary greyhound cocktail, just in time for the weekend.

glass of Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

The rosemary simple syrup adds earthy sweetness, and softens up the tart edges of the grapefruit juice. This cocktail is bright and lively, smooth and refreshing. I’ll be mixing up this bevvy now while grapefruit season is at its peak, and foresee this being a wonderful drink on the backyard deck this summer as well – probably in a tall glass and topped with club soda. Enjoy!

A rosemary greyhound cocktail garnished with fresh rosemary and grapefruit

Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

With rosemary-infused simple syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and vodka, this Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail is a bright, tart and refreshing drink that can be made in minutes.


  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces good quality vodka
  • 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1 small sprig fresh rosemary, for garnish
  • 1 small slice fresh grapefruit, for garnish


  1. In a cocktail glass, combine grapefruit juice, vodka, and rosemary simple syrup. Stir.
  2. Add ice to fill glass and stir again. Garnish with rosemary sprig and fresh grapefruit slice. 

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 large sprig fresh rosemary (double for a more pronounced rosemary flavor)

In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, and rosemary. Cook over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Let cool, and sit for an hour or two on the counter. Remove rosemary. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


Adapted just a bit from Food Network Kitchen, the cocktail we enjoyed while visiting the HGTV Dream Home in St. Simons, Georgia.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 113Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.

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Rosemary Greyhound Cocktail


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