I always keep my eyes out for classic cocktail books…
The New York Sour is a cocktail made with rye whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup, with a red wine float. It’s got an eye-catching look, which means that it is the kind of drink that people notice and want to order for themselves when they see someone else at the bar drinking one.
The unusual part of this drink is the red wine float. It is one of the easiest floats out there because the red wine really wants to stay separated from the rest of the ingredients. The finished cocktail tastes a little bit like sangria because you get a hint of red wine in every sip, some citrus and some sweetness. The difference, of course, is that you also have the spice of the rye to chase that all down and bring you back for another sip. You can use any kind of red wine that you have on hand. I like to use a cabernet sauvignon or a merlot, but shiraz or a red blend will also work just as well. You don’t want to use your most expensive bottle of wine for this cocktail, but the better your wine is, the better the drink will taste.
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
1/2 oz. Red Wine
1 Egg White (Optional)*
Pour all of the ingredients except the red wine into a mixing glass and add ice. Shake and strain into a glass over ice. Now add the float of red wine and garnish with a slice of orange.
*If using an egg white pour all of the ingredient except for the red wine. Give it a good hard shake for about 30 seconds to incorporate the egg white and froth it up. Now, add ice and shake for another 30 seconds. Strain into a glass over ice and add the red wine float. Garnish with a slice of orange.