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Desert Drinks:
Greyhound at Martin Drug Co.

Make Martin Drug Co.’s Greyhound cocktail at home
and see why it’s one of their most popular drinks.

May 1, 2017

Desert Drinks

I don’t fancy myself a chef, but I do fancy myself a drink which is why I went into Martin Drug Co., one of the latest pop-up bars to open its doors to Tucson’s thirsty citizens.

Martin Drug Co. pays homage to the former pharmacy and soda fountain owned by George Martin, Sr. in the early 1900s. And while the décor may have changed, you can enjoy a throwback of the era with one of their signature cocktails such as the Greyhound. The Greyhound was given its name because it was served at restaurants inside of Greyhound stations starting around the 1940s. Have buzz, will travel!

The Greyhound is currently one of the most popular drinks being served at Martin Drug Co. Between the sweet and savory popcorn samples, enticing drinks, and furry walls, it’s understandable why you’d never want to go elsewhere for one. However, on those days when you can’t make it to Martin Drug Co. for a Greyhound, feel free to replicate the recipe at home. To make Martin Drug Co.’s recipe, all you need is the following:

  • ½ oz (or more, depending on what your day has been like) of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Grapefruit juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
    optional grapefruit peel for garnish

For extra bartending points, twist the grapefruit peel to release its oils and give it more of a professional quality. And that’s it! This drink is a simple, refreshing elegance.

Photo Credit: James Hudson

I recreated this drink at home and there was something very satisfying about juicing my own grapefruits and drinking my labor of love, albeit after the 4th or 5th round I opted to open the bottle of grapefruit juice in my fridge. And if you’re like me and own more than one brand of Vodka, feel free to get creative. I also used Smirnoff, which can be ordered as a variant in the Greyhound served at Martin Drug Co. during happy hour. Their happy hour menu includes $3 wells and $1 off draft beers. The rotating selection of beers here is quite impressive for a pop-up, I might add.

Remember, Martin Drug Co. is only a pop-up so go in while there’s still time. You won’t want to miss out!


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