The New York Sour is a classic cocktail that adds a delightful twist to the traditional whiskey sour by introducing a float of red wine on top, creating a beautiful layering effect and adding complexity to the drink. This cocktail balances the tartness of lemon juice and the sweetness of simple syrup with the robust flavors of whiskey, all complemented by the fruity notes of the red wine. It’s a visually striking and deliciously sophisticated drink that’s perfect for impressing guests or enjoying on a quiet evening.


  • 2 ounces whiskey (rye or bourbon)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • 1/2 ounce dry red wine (such as Shiraz, Malbec, or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Lemon twist or wheel, for garnish (optional)
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish (optional)


  1. Mix the Cocktail: In a shaker, combine the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake: Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  3. Strain: Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice cubes.
  4. Float the Wine: Slowly pour the red wine over the back of a spoon held just above the drink’s surface, allowing the wine to float on top of the whiskey mixture. The back of the spoon helps disperse the wine gently and creates a distinct layer.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with a lemon twist or wheel and a maraschino cherry, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy.


  • For the simple syrup, you can easily make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat, then cooling it before use.
  • Adjust the amount of simple syrup based on your preference for sweetness.
  • The key to achieving the layered effect is to pour the wine gently over the back of a spoon so it floats on top rather than mixing in.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The New York Sour is a stunning cocktail that combines the warmth of whiskey with the sharpness of citrus and the rich depth of red wine. It’s a drink that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate, making it a perfect choice for special occasions or any time you’re in the mood for something truly special.

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