New York Sour


The perfect balance of fruity red wine and smoky-sweet bourbon, the New York Sour cocktail is a classic for a reason. Shaking the cocktail with large ice cubes will chill the cocktail without diluting it—and those large cubes look great in a rocks glass, too. Be sure to pour the wine slowly over the back of the spoon to create the perfect float. If you're feeling adventurous, add an egg white to the shaker for a thicker viscosity.

New York Sour
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Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins


  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) bourbon

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fruity red wine, such as Zinfandel or Gamay

  • 1 stip lemon zest


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup; seal lid on shaker, and shake until chilled and frost forms on shaker, about 15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes.

  2. Gently and slowly, pour wine over the back of a spoon held just above the cocktail's surface, letting the wine float at top of glass. Pinch lemon peel over the cocktail, and run around the rim of the glass; add peel to glass as a garnish. Serve immediately

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