The Blinker Cocktail

The Blinker Cocktail dates back to the 1930s and is short ride to liquid sophistication!

Food + Drink Cocktail of the Week Triston Brewer

This article was published on July 3rd, 2020

Luckily, we live in a different era, but there was a time when having an alcoholic drink could land you squarely in the clink! The blinker cocktail was born from the times of Prohibition and could be made on the sly and enjoyed semi-privately amongst friends. 

Today, the blinker cocktail is considered a classic that beats to the beat of its own drum, although for many it won’t make sense on paper. As a quick cocktail that requires only three ingredients, this one dates back to the 1930s and is short ride to liquid sophistication! Give it a try and you will never look back!

  • 2 ounces Canadian whiskey 
  • ½ ounces of grapefruit juice 
  • ¼ ounces of raspberry syrup

First, mix all the ingredients and then shake over ice. Next, strain into a cocktail glass with fresh ice, with a grapefruit juice as a garnish. And if you don’t have any raspberry syrup, substitute grenadine or the juice from some maraschino cherries. 

If you need to substitute, note that whiskey or bourbon can replace rye, and you can make the drink fruitier with the addition of more grenadine or grapefruit juice to balance out the flavor. 

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