The Blinker

What we're drinking tonight


Beaten into submission by interminable winter, most of us are conditioned to think booze, booze, bitters when it comes to whisky drinks. But as the weather warms up and the appeal of spirit-forward cocktails wanes in favour of fruity drinks, the Blinker comes to mind. “One of the few cocktails using grapefruit juice. Not particularly good, but not too bad,” writes David Embury, an opinionated enthusiast and author of The Fine Art Of Mixing Drinks (1948), but I only agree with the first half of that statement.

  • 1½ oz rye whisky
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed
  • grapefruit juice
  • ¼ oz raspberry syrup (1:1 Smucker’s raspberry jam and water)

Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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