The Blinker cocktail is often thought to have been created or at least codified by the rather famous David A. Embury, an American tax attorney, mixologist and author of possibly the most pre-eminent cocktail tome of all time, The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, published in 1948.
However it seems that the cocktail of bourbon whiskey, grapefruit juice and grenadine was first mentioned significantly earlier in The Official Mixer’s Manual in 1934 by Patrick Gavin Duffy - a man well known for his thoughts on bartending not being a career but a trade and his rules on conversation between bartenders and their customers.
Duffy felt that the relationship between bartender and customer should be minimal and direct “without any unnecessary conversation across the counter.”
It is then, not surprising to learn that the term Blinker was a synonym for a black eye in 1930s lingo...
- 50ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon
- 25ml pink grapefruit juice
- 10ml fresh lemon juice
- 15ml grenadine
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into a coupé glass
Garnish with a wheel of orange