This New York Sour recipe is perfect for fans of sour cocktails! It’s made with Sour Mix, whiskey, a twist of orange, and a layer of red wine that floats on top!
This is one of my favorite Drink Recipes, right alongside its sister drink, the Amaretto Sour! I love the bold blend of bourbon and red wine and the sour mix really brings it to life making it ultra-refreshing and delicious!
The New York Sour Cocktail is as beautiful as it is delicious! A cross between a Whiskey Sour and a glass of red wine, this unexpected mixed drink offers the best of both worlds.
If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can even add an egg white! This makes it frothy and, dare I say, extra fancy? (See FAQ for how-to instructions.)
New York Sour Ingredients
- Whiskey – You can use either rye or bourbon whiskey, but not Irish whiskey.
- Sour mix – My homemade Sour Mix is perfect for this!
- Red wine – Fruity red wine works best – use your favorite!
- Orange peel – To twist over the drink for a hint of orange flavor.
- Maraschino cherry – For garnish.
- Ice – First fill the shaker with ice, then you’ll need fresh ice to serve your drinks.
How To Make A New York Sour
- Grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice, then pour in the bourbon whiskey.
- Add the Sour Mix to the shaker.
- Shake vigorously for 15 seconds then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Pour red wine over the back of a spoon into the glass to create that pretty layer effect.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it called a New York Sour?
Although it’s thought to have originated in Chicago in the 1880s, it went through several name changes. “New York Sour” eventually stuck, thanks to the popularity it gained from a Manhattan bartender.
How do I make it with egg white?
Add all the ingredients, including the egg white, into a shaker WITHOUT ice (known as a “dry shake.”) Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Then, fill halfway with ice and shake until chilled.
How does the red wine float?
There are two reasons why:
1. Since the base of this drink contains sugar, it’s denser, so the red wine floats on top. (Therefore, sugar is an essential ingredient in this drink.)
2. It also involves a little technique. With a spoon held above the glass, gently pour the wine so it doesn’t mix with the liquid below.
What if I don’t have sour mix?
Substitute with this simple combination:
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- ½ an ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ an ounce fresh lemon juice.
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- Clover Club – With flavors of raspberry and lemon, this gin drink is also made with an egg white!
- Strawberry Margarita – It’s bursting with strawberry flavor, thanks to the addition of homemade Strawberry Simple Syrup.
- Boulevardier – This strong drink is ideal for sipping.
- Apple Crumble – The best flavors of fall, all in one boozy glass!
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New York Sour
- 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- 1½ ounces sour mix
- 1 ounce red wine
- 1 orange peel about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long
- 1 maraschino cherry
- In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, add the bourbon and sour mix. Cover and shake vigourously for 10 seconds.
- Strain into an old fashioned glass filled 1/2 way with ice.
- Pour red wine over the back of a spoon to create a layer on the top of the drink.
- Take the orange peel and twist it over the top of the drink so that the mist from the peel goes over the drink.
- Garnish with the orange peel and cherry.
- If you don’t have sour mix on hand for this recipe you can use 1 ounce of simple syrup and a tablespoon of each fresh lime juice and fresh lemon juice. The sugar cannot be omitted since it has a higher density and it’s what helps support the red wine floater. I highly recommend making my homemade sour mix.
- Rye whiskey may also be used for this recipe, but not Irish whiskey.
- Eggwhite Addition: Add all the ingredients, including the egg white, into a shaker WITHOUT ice (known as a “dry shake.”) Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Then, fill halfway with ice and shake until chilled.