Smoky Irish Wolfhound


Based off an Irish Wolfhound cocktail I had at a local restaurant, I decided to create my own with a unique twist - smoke! The hint of smoky flavor is just enough to balance out the sweet and spicy ginger beer and tang from the grapefruit juice. Use a high-quality Irish whiskey for best results! Depending on the size of your grapefruit, you just might have enough juice left to make another cocktail or two!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 cocktails


  • 1 ruby red grapefruit

  • ½ teaspoon smoked salt, or to taste

  • 4 pieces crystallized ginger, divided

  • ice cubes, or as needed

  • 3 fluid ounces Irish whiskey

  • 2 cups crushed ice, or as needed

  • 2 ounces ginger beer (such as Fever Tree®)


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

  2. Cut grapefruit in half crosswise. Cut a slice from one of the halves, about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle both sides of the grapefruit slice with smoked salt.

  3. Place grapefruit halves cut-side down on hot grill, along with grapefruit slice. Grill until slightly charred and grill marks appear, flipping the slice halfway through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from grill and let cool. Squeeze the juice from both halves and set aside. Cut grapefruit slice into 6 wedges.

  4. Add 2 slices of ginger and 4 wedges of sliced grapefruit to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to slightly crush the crystallized ginger and grapefruit. Fill the shaker with ice cubes, whiskey, and 3 fluid ounces of grapefruit juice. Cover and shake until chilled, 15 to 20 seconds.

  5. Fill 2 rocks glasses with crushed ice and divide cocktail amongst the 2 glasses. Top each glass with 1 fluid ounce of ginger beer. Garnish with remaining grapefruit wedges and crystallized ginger.

Cook's Note:

Fever Tree(R) also makes a smoky ginger ale that tastes excellent in this drink.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
0g Fat
23g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 580mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 350mg 7%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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