New York Sour Cocktail

1 Serving
5 min

There is nothing “girly” about this cocktail. Also, there is nothing wrong with mixing whiskey in a cocktail. Now that we’ve got those two things out the way, please know that I don’t drink whiskey. You know I love wine. However, my husband has a hefty collection of bourbon and I’ve really wanted to know what all the fuss was about. So, he came up with the idea to make a whiskey cocktail. After much searching, he decided that a New York Sour would be suitable to try since it combined my favorite – wine. Well, it was delicious and I wanted to share the recipe with you.

What kind of whiskey and wine should you put in a New York Sour?

Good question! Honestly, my answer would be use what you have on hand. We normally have a bottle of red wine and whiskey that is open. I doubt you’re making this without at least one of those available. A bold red wine, like Napa Vally Quilt, by Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, will work great for the wine option. Sazerac Rye, will work nicely with this cocktail as well.

My husband has some very nice (and expensive) whiskey. Initially, I wanted to use some more expensive liquor to pull off this cocktail. However, he reassured me that an everyday bottle would suffice. As a non-whiskey drinker (or am I official now?), I didn’t know the difference anyway. So, again, use what you have on hand or use comparable brands we used.

Don’t forget the garnish! You know how I feel about cocktail garnish. Go big or go home! We had a variety of fruit on hand and used that. You can definitely simply your garnish with an orange peel, one rosemary sprig, or a slice of lemon. I used a sandwich pick for blueberries too. Just have fun with your garnish and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Do you like whiskey? Would you try this New York Sour? Let me know in the comments below.

My best,

Recipe details
  • 1  Serving
  • Prep time: 2 Minutes Cook time: 3 Minutes Total time: 5 min
Show Nutrition Info
Hide Nutrition Info

  • 3 Ounces of Whiskey
  • 1/2 Ounce of Lemon Juice
  • 1 Ounce of Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 Ounce of Dry Red Wine
  • Garnish to Include Blueberries, Lemon, Rosemary

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup. Shake or stir to combine.
Pour whiskey mix over glass of ice.
Using the back of the spoon, pour wine on top of cocktail. Wine should float on top on whiskey mixture.
Garnish with fruit and herbs.
  • To get the wine to float, pour the recommended amount of wine, over the back of a spoon and into your drink. This is important to see the different layers.
Crystal Holliday
Want more details about this and other recipes? Check out more here!
  • Mae strutt Mae strutt on Aug 19, 2021

    I would use Scotch

  • Sharon lunzmann Sharon lunzmann on Aug 19, 2021

    I'll try it, but does only 1/2 ounce of wine make much difference? That's less than the simple syrup!! But as one who likes both whiskey and wine, I will try it! Wonder how it would taste with Riesling. But not near as pretty!!

    • See 2 previous
    • Crystal Holliday Crystal Holliday on Aug 19, 2021

      Glenice, traditionally a New York Sour cocktail is made with a dry red wine. The density will likely allow it to float. If you make the cocktail, share a picture with me.