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The Blinker first appeared in Patrick Gavin Duffy’s 1934 book The Official Mixer’s Manual, but fell out of fashion over the course of the following decades. It wasn’t resurrected until Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh printed an updated version of the recipe in his 2009 book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. His edit was small but mighty—instead of using the originally-called-for grenadine, Haigh suggests mixing the drink with raspberry syrup instead. We support the swap, but also think the original version of the cocktail would be just as great with our homemade hibiscus grenadine.

The Essentials

rye whiskey
grapefruit juice
raspberry syrup
The Details


2 oz rye whiskey
.5 oz grapefruit juice
0.25 oz raspberry syrup
Grapefruit twist, for garnish


  • Combine all ingredients save for the garnish in a shaker with ice and shake.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
Raspberry Syrup
Custom Ingredient


2 cups sugar
1 Cup water
1 Cup fresh or frozen raspberries


  • Add water and sugar to a saucepan. Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add raspberries and stir until they begin to break down and form a thick pulp.
  • Strain into a sealable jar and refrigerate.
Tequila Sour Intermediate

A tequila variation on the Hemingway Daiquiri, the Siesta is a modern day classic that was developed by New York City bartender Katie Stipe in 2006. Like the Hemingway Daiquiri, the drink features lime juice, grapefruit juice and simple syrup, but it swaps out the usual rum for silver tequila and the maraschino liqueur for Campari. The result is a...