This bourbon New York sour cocktail is not only delicious, but it’s also pretty and a fun cocktail to serve at your next dinner party!
I was intrigued with this cocktail not only because it’s a bourbon cocktail and bourbon cocktails are yummy, but because there’s an added ingredient that is fun for me: wine.
You’re probably thinking, wine in a bourbon cocktail? How different. How odd. And how delightful!
All three reactions would be correct.
The New York sour cocktail is different, odd and delightful!
The History of the New York sour
Apparently, the New York Sour first made its appearance in the late 1800s. In Chicago.
Chicago, you say?
I guess it wasn’t called the New York sour back then, but rather, the ‘continental sour’ or the ‘southern whiskey sour’. Chicago barkeeps started to refer to it as the ‘claret snap’, because of the red wine in it.
So, when did it become the New York sour? I just don’t know. And frankly, I don’t care. Because what I do know is that it’s a delicious cocktail and if you like bourbon, you will like it, too!
Isn’t that knowledge enough?
I say yes.
How to make the Bourbon New York Sour
We have bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and red wine.
Let’s get started.
I measure out 2 ounces of bourbon.
Then I fill a rocks glass 3/4 the way with crushed ice and pour the bourbon into the glass.
I squeeze a lemon and measure out 3/4 ounce of the juice. At the same time, I cut a lemon twist and set it aside.
I pour the juice into the glass to meet up with the bourbon.
Time to measure out 3/4 ounce of simple syrup.
Into the glass it goes.
I get some more crushed ice and fill the glass.
I measure out 1/2 ounce of red wine.
Finally, I take my cocktail spoon and gently pour the wine over the back of the bowl of the spoon and into the glass, making sure it’s floating nicely. This is the same as my layered shot pouring technique you’ve read about.
The wine will do its own thing. Some of it sinks. Some of it floats.
The photo below is when I first put in the lemon twist.
But, I don’t like how it looks, so I cut out a chunk of it. Don’t be afraid to change tactics!
See? That looks better to me.
Now for the vertical view.
Yum. So good!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. I’m sure your bourbon-drinking peeps will love it!
Please feel free to leave me a comment. What’s your favorite cocktail?
And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
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- 2 ounces bourbon
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- 1/2 ounce red wine
- Fill a highball glass with crushed ice
- Add bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup
- Turn your cocktail spoon with the bowl side up, pour wine gently over the spoon
- Add twist
You can use bourbon, rye or whiskey!