Adapted from 3-Ingredient Cocktails by Robert Simonson

This drink, first printed in 1934, looks crazy on paper but is surprisingly potent and refreshing drink. Modern renditions have tried to twist it into the shape of a traditional sour, but its true identity is as a sort of proto-Greyhound highball. Be sure to use a decent, potent rye, the more powerful the better, and a homemade grenadine.

Reprinted with permission from 3-Ingredient Cocktails: An Opinionated Guide to the Most Enduring Drinks in the Cocktail Canon by Robert Simonson, copyright © 2017. Published Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces rye
  • 3 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce grenadine

Garnish: grapefruit twist

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the grapefruit twist in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled, about 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe.
  3. Twist a piece of grapefruit zest over the drink and drop into the glass.