How to Make a Great Blinker

Potent rye whiskey is the centerpiece of the blinker, and its propped up by the acidity of the grapefruit juice and a touch of sweetness from the grenadine. This drink comes from the 1930s, during Prohibition times…makes you wonder what all those speakeasy patrons drinking illicit cocktails would think of a liquor delivery service.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • Citrus peel, for garnish

How to Make a Blinker:

Pour all the ingredients, minus the peel, into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until chilled, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the peel.

Which grapefruit juice do I use to make a Blinker?

It’s your preference– pink grapefruit juice is a little sweeter than white grapefruit juice. Most recipes call for fresh juice, but a little Ocean Spray is fine. If you do use fresh grapefruit, you can take the peel off it to use as garnish.

What’s the best whiskey for making a Blinker?

Definitely Bulleit Rye. It’s the best rye whiskey in the business– full flavored, and 50% ABV.

Do I have to use grenadine in a Blinker?

No, you can substitute basically any sweet red fruit syrup. Instead of grenadine, the Blinker can be made with raspberry juice or syrup, raspberry or cherry jam, or even the juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.

Can I get Blinker delivery near me?

You bet. Just add some Bulleit Rye Whiskey in your Saucey cart and it’ll be on your doorstep before you know it.

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