When I first heard the name of this drink, I was puzzled how one could get a cocktail name from a car’s turn signal. Of course, this is another case wherein the “old timey” speak means something totally different from what it means today. Back at the turn of the 20th century, when this drink became popular, blinkers were the blinders horses wore to keep them looking forward and it also was a slang term for black eye…both of which might be good ways to describe what the drink might do to you.
Below is the research Mr. Jason Kruse provided for the episode:
A simple drink with few ingredients:
- 2 oz. rye whiskey
- 1/2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (not pink)
- 1 barspoon raspberry syrup
This drink was really quite pleasing; a fully blended cocktail wherein none of the flavors ran over the others and we found it to be fairly refreshing as well. This one was definitely a thumbs up.
I was a little surprised at how late grapefruit made it to the citrus party. I myself am not a huge fan of the fruit, but for sheer, plump, juicy mass, it’s hard to beat. Grapefruit made it to the U.S. in 1823 so there was plenty of time for Americans to get used to it and learn to appreciate it, but that didn’t actually happen until the 1940s. Even if Americans didn’t particularly enjoy it for a complete century that it graced our soil, I’m surprised it wasn’t just given to the poor and hungry like so many cans of beef-a-roni come food drive season.
All in all, despite being labeled a classic, the blinker is one of those cocktails our culture has nearly lost, which is sad because it is definitely one that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Transition music: Cephalopod by Kevin MacLeod
Closing Music: Blindness by Section 27 Netlabel