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Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound 1.000

Julia Ewan

Dec 26, 2007

This elegantly balanced cocktail is a variation on both the Greyhound (vodka and grapefruit juice) and the Salty Dog (gin or vodka and grapefruit juice with a salted rim). It calls for Italy's unique Punt e Mes vermouth, made by Carpano, whose taste falls somewhere between a traditional red vermouth and a bitter.

According to the Carpano museum in Turin, the name -- which translates from the local dialect as "point and a half" -- derives from one fateful day in a bar when an absent-minded stock trader shouted out a trading-floor term when ordering a vermouth with an extra half-dose of bitters. The name stuck.

We found Punt e Mes at Calvert Woodley liquors and at Schneider's of Capitol Hill.


Servings: 1
Ingredients
  • Kosher salt, for rimming the glass
  • 3 or 4 ice cubes
  • 2 ounces Punt e Mes
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (from 1/2 a large grapefruit)

Directions

Rim an old-fashioned glass with salt, then fill with the ice cubes. Add the Punt e Mes and grapefruit juice; stir and serve.


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Recipe Source

Adapted from No. 9 Park in Boston.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 86


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 234mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 6g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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