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Two versions of New Your Sour garnished with flower and lemon

New York Sour

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Top off your favorite iteration of the whiskey sour with a red wine float and you have the easiest riff on a classic cocktail you’ll make all day. Remember that the kind of red wine you choose will need to play well with the other ingredients. You may want to focus on fruity wines to pair with the sweet in the whiskey sour, but you might decide to go dry and let the tannins/oaky qualities pair up with the aged whiskey. It’s your choice.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail
Servings 1


  • 2 oz rye (you can use bourbon if you want, but I'd stick to 90 proof or higher)
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 3 dashes Old Forester Hummingbird bitters
  • ½ oz red wine
  • ¾ oz aquafaba or egg white optional – only if you want to make a Boston Sour
  • Garnish: lemon twist/fancy cherry


  • Combine bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until very cold (If you’re doing a Boston Sour, do a reverse dry shake – see instructions at the link). Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Float red wine atop the cocktail. Garnish with a fancy cherry and a lemon twist. Try to drink slowly.
Keyword bitters, bourbon, lemon, new york sour, red wine, rye, simple syrup, whiskey cocktail, Whiskey Sour
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