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Whiskey • Sour
New York Sour

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The New York Sour is what happens when a Whiskey Sour sneaks into the wine cellar. It’s essentially a Rye Whiskey Sour topped with a float of red wine; one of those rare feats of mixology magic that actually tastes as good as it looks. Ironically, the New York Sour does not hail from New York, but Chicago. First created in the 1880s by a Chicago bartender looking to add a little “snap” to his sour, it originally went by the name of Southern Whiskey Sour or Continental Sour. The cocktail found fame in New York during Prohibition, however, and the City claimed it as its own. Strong as it is, this darkly fruity drink is great during brunch hours when the midday sun accentuates its beautiful hues.

The Essentials

rye whiskey
lemon juice
red wine
Shaker
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz rye whiskey
.75 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
.5 oz red wine

Method

  • Shake the rye whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup with ice.
  • Strain into a double old-fashioned glass and fill with fresh ice.
  • Float red wine over the top of the cocktail.
intermediate
Strength:
Rum Sweet Intermediate
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