The Blinker dates back to the 1930s and was traditionally composed of rye, grapefruit juice and grenadine. After hiding in obscurity for decades, the Blinker has seen a resurgence of late due to its inclusion in Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.
Ted Haigh’s alter ego, Dr. Cocktail, substitutes raspberry syrup for the grenadine, which lends the drink a distinctive sweetness and melds well with the tart grapefruit juice.
2 ounces rye
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon raspberry syrup
Shake with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.