Beverages

Recipe— Greyhound Cocktails

Recipe—Pitcher of Greyhound Cocktails

This recipe is a must for your next dinner party or a day of poolside lounging. It makes a nice sized pitcher, perfect to share with friends. When I had a little party back in August, this was the signature cocktail served and it was a huge hit! We served it in some cute pitchers along with grapefruit wedges and sprigs of rosemary.

Grapefruit juice has always been one of my favorite cocktail mixers. It is just the right amount of sweet and tart and is so refreshing. I am pretty sure this cocktail is what sunshine would taste like, if sunshine had a flavor. 

There are all sorts of variations of greyhound recipes, and this is one of my faves. The vanilla gives you this nice little bit of sweetness that cuts the tartness of the grapefruit and the soda water really lightens it up. I like the subtle flavor the rosemary garnish adds but if you like a stronger rosemary flavor you can infuse the vodka with it

Note: If you want to prepare this ahead of time, mix together all the ingredients EXCEPT the soda water. Don’t add the soda water until right before serving or it will go flat. overnight. 

INGREDIENTS
2 c vodka
3 1/2 c grapefruit juice
2 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 c soda water
rosemary sprigs for garnish

STEPS

  • Mix vodka, grapefruit juice, vanilla, and soda water in a large pitcher and stir well. 
  • Pour over a glass filled with ice.
  • Add a sprig of fresh rosemary for garnish.
Dinners

Recipe—Oven Roasted Tri Tip with Veggies

My family eats our share of beef. We almost always have tri tip in the house because it’s affordable, flavorful, low in fat, and it is the most diverse piece of beef around. You can grille it, smoke it, braise it, or in this case, roast it. Every time I have made this recipe the meat comes out really tender, flavorful, and juicy. This is a perfect all in one meal that will save you time and dishes.

Note: If you have any leftover potatoes and veggies they are spectacular for breakfast! I just throw them in the skillet and fry them up for a few minutes. And if on the rare occasion you have leftover meat, dice that up and put them in a tortilla with scrambled eggs and the potatoes for a killer breakfast burrito.

INGREDIENTS
2 lb tri tip roast
2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp pepper
2–4 c red potatoes, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 sweet onion, chopped into large pieces
5–7 cloves of garlic (optional)
2 tbsp olive oil

STEPS

  • Preheat oven to 425º.
  • In a small bowl combine rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Spread half of the seasoning mixture all over the roast.
  • Place the potatoes, bell peppers, onion, and whole garlic cloves (if you are using them) in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle the vegetables with the olive oil and add in the other half of the seasoning mixture. Toss to coat.
  • Place the roast fat side up in a large baking dish.
  • Arrange the vegetables around the roast.
  • Bake for 35–40 minutes for medium rare.
  • Allow roast to sit for 5–10 minutes and then transfer to a large cutting board. (Allowing your roast to sit helps the juices redistribute.)
  • Slice and serve alongside cooked veggies.