New York Sour

September 30, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

The New York Sour is a classic, but this particular recipe comes from Kenaniah Bystrom, the bar manager of Essex. To make what is called "rich" simple syrup, combine 2 parts sugar and 1 part water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring regularly, until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and chill thoroughly before using.


Serves: 1


  • 1 3/4 ounces rye whiskey, preferably 90 to 100 proof
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce rich simple syrup (see note)
  • 1/2 ounce dry red wine, such as Malbec or Syrah
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. Combine the rye, lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Hold a spoon upside down over the glass, just above the surface of the drink, and pour the red wine over the back of the spoon into the glass; this way, the wine will trickle gently into the drink and “float” at the top of the glass, rather than sinking. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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2 Reviews

JohnZ April 25, 2015
This is one of my favorite cocktails. It is the perfect mixture of simplicity and complexity, and is as good as the ingredients you choose. Whenever I want to impress, I mix this cocktail.
Emily_JK January 20, 2014
This cocktail is fabulous! Totally hit the spot on a chilly winter night, but would be lovely in warmer weather too.