In the winter I crave two things: juicy Florida grapefruit and rye whiskey. Until the Blinker, I had no idea how good they could be together.
Typically, I rave over the case of grapefruit that arrives each January, and this year is no different. This is some of the sweetest, juiciest and most delicious grapefruit and I eat at least one a day. I fancy other grapefruit cocktails, like the Paloma, but this week I was looking for a way to incorporate my favorite winter liquor — rye whiskey.
It took mere seconds to discover the Blinker, a cocktail dating back to the 1930s calling for a mix of rye, grapefruit, and grenadine. Three ingredients and some ice and you'll be sipping this vibrant, sophisticated drink in no time.
The Blinker Cocktail
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon grenadine Lemon peel, for garnish
In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients except for the lemon peel. Add ice. Shake until well chilled.
Strain into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with a lemon peel.
You can make this recipe with raspberry syrup as a substitute for the grenadine. If you don't have either you can use some of the syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries.