The New York Sour is a real looker, thanks to a small but dramatic pour of red wine. This yield one extremely lovely cocktail, with crimson bleeding through the pale drink. Red wine is the classic float for a New York sour, but ruby port works well, too. —Carey Jones
Combine ingredients other than red wine in cocktail shaker without ice. Shake hard, then add ice and shake again, until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Gently pour red wine on top.
*To make the simple syrup: Dissolve 1 part sugar in 1 part hot water. Let cool before using.