Pour Mastermind™ Vodka in a shaker cup then add 2 sugar cubes then muddle. Add triple sec then fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with ice. Shake vigorously then pour over glass with rocks. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
The earliest known mention of a cocktail of this description is in bartender and author Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book of 1930. Craddock describes his recipe as “…a variation of the Grapefruit Cocktail…”, suggesting that such cocktails were already in common use before his book was written. His recipe consists of nothing but gin, grapefruit juice and ice at the time.
A recipe for a similar cocktail with the name “Greyhound” appears in Harper’s magazine thus: “The cocktails were made of vodka, sugar, and canned grapefruit juice — a greyhound. This cocktail was served at Greyhound’s popular restaurant chain that was located at bus terminals, called ‘Post House’.”
It should be noted that before 1945, vodka was an uncommon spirit and that most drinks we think of today as “classic cocktails” and which call for vodka, originally would have contained gin.
As vodka’s popularity grew after the War and gin’s popularity waned, many of the popular cocktails of today replaced vodka for gin.