What We're Making: The Blinker Cocktail

When it comes to winter cocktails, we tend to think that you can’t go wrong with Bourbon and citrus. A pleasing mix of tart fruit and oaky whiskey, the Blinker, which was introduced to us by the experts at Greensboro, North Carolina-based 1618 Downtown, combines those two ingredients—plus a delicious homemade raspberry syrup—making it an ideal companion for cold nights spent by the fire. Here, Jake Skinner, Libation Manager at 1618 Downtown, shares how to make the drink at home.

The Blinker

Yields 1 cocktail


For the Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz Old Grand-Dad Bottled in Bond Bourbon
  • 2 ounces white grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce raspberry syrup

For the Raspberry Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 grams lemon juice


To make the syrup:

Cover the berries in sugar, and add the lemon juice (you can use store-bought lemon juice or fresh lemon juice, but fresh lemon juice will give the syrup a shorter shelf life). Allow berries to macerate for twenty-four hours, then strain off the liquid.

To make the cocktail:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, and shake. Using a fine strainer, strain the liquid into a chilled coupe glass.

Recipe courtesy of 1618 Downtown in Greensboro, North Carolina. 1618 Downtown is featured in The Scout Guide Triad–Greensboro, Winston-Salem & High Point.