Blinker Cocktail


The Blinker cocktail is a drink built with rye whiskey, raspberry syrup, and yellow grapefruit juice!

Blinker Cocktail Info

The Blinker first appeared in Patrick Gavin Duffy's 1934 bartending manual, The Official Mixer's Manual. It was then resurrected by Ted Haigh's 2009 Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.

This is a very simple and elegant combination, essentially a variation of the Whiskey Sour. It's also a cousin to the Ward Eight. The original recipe called for rye whiskey, grapefruit, and grenadine, a common cocktail sweetener made from pomegranate. However, many drinkers have discovered that raspberry syrup is a better substitute in recent years.

Bartenders have experimented with cocktail proportions over the years. Naren Young, a bar pro, has created this version. He attaches the quantities to sour-format cocktails.

To ensure a balanced taste, you should use fresh-squeezed juice from a yellow Grapefruit. Otherwise, pink or red grapefruit juice might be too sweet. The rye is preferred to be 100 proof.

For the sweetener, you can try the original cocktail with grenadine or do a back-to-back version with its raspberry syrup to see how the cocktail has evolved.


Essentially a variation of the Whiskey Sour!


5 from 2 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 60 ml Whiskey (Rye)
  • 30 ml Grapefruit Juice (Yellow)
  • 20 ml Raspberry Syrup


  • Add ice to your shaker.
  • Add the ingredients.
  • Shake everything cold.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • Serve!
Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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