New York Sour Cocktail

Go on, kick back and relax in style with an eye catching cocktail.  A New York Sour is a simple to make whiskey based cocktail that doesn’t lack impact. Use up those last dredges of wine and create something truly stunning in only a few minutes. Cheers, friends!

Well, it’s been some spring, eh? While I am not usually one to complain *too much* about the weather, these past few weeks have been a bit of a wild ride in Southern Manitoba. I don’t expect super warm temperatures, gardens or evenings on the patio just yet but a little sunshine and green grass would go a long way right about now! I’ve embraced it the best I can with bundling up and heading outside to snowshoe or walk in the woods no matter the snow, rain, or in today’s, case little hail…

At least moving outside makes it feel a bit more tolerable even if it chills you to the bone! And if you are looking for a moody, cold weather warm-me-up that is still acceptable for “springtime” then may I introduce to you the New York Sour? 

Now for the life of me I cannot tell you how I was introduced to New York Sours. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been known to share pics of this lovely cocktail a few times and I am also asked what the heck it is. Well for one thing: It’s delicious! 

The New York Sour is a fun cocktail that is a bit unexpected but works oh-so-well. Essentially, it is a whiskey sour with a red wine float but somehow it feels like a completely different cocktail. Whiskey, simple syrup, lemon, egg white, red wine and ice. C’est tout! 

For whiskey based cocktails I know my journey was Whiskey Sour, Old Fashioned, New York Sour, Neat, Manhattans and then Blood and Sands and back to New York Sours. Weird journey, I know. Half of them are spirit forward while the Sours are very much meant to hide the taste of whiskey, but oh well. It’s fun and I like to order them in new-to-me bars and lounges. I’ll never forget the sass I got from a particularly annoyed waitress in a piano bar in Palm Springs a few years back. According to her, this cocktail did not exist. But, alas, it does! And I am here to share it with you today.

The New York Sour is a great cocktail after a dinner party to use up the last dredges of wine (waste not, want not, am I right?). Now, this is not the time to break out the good whiskey. Refrain from using that Islay your boss got you or any Scotch for that matter. You want a basic Canadian Rye or Bourbon. Something balanced without any sherry or peat. Sours are a cocktail for folks who don’t particularly like the flavour of the alcohol and hides the taste of the booze so any cheaper 20-30ish dollar bottle will do. Anything more is a waste.

Now there is some debate online about if egg white foam belongs on this cocktail or not.
For me, there are 3 rules to a good New York Sour:

  • Egg White foam
  • Generous pour of red wine
  • Never ever stir the layers 

It’s all about the layers and how they work together so well. Plus, it just looks so dang nice! Looking for more whiskey-based cocktails? I’ve got you! How about a maple cream whiskey liqueur?

New York Sour

Go on, kick back and relax in style with an eye catching cocktail.  New York Sours are simple to make whiskey based cocktail that doesn't lack impact. Use up those last dredges of wine and create something truly stunning in only a few minutes. Cheers, friends!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 2 oz Canadian Whiskey or Bourbon
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz Freshly squeezed lemon
  • 1 oz Red Wine 1 oz is approx - use less if that's what you have on hand
  • 1 Egg White from one egg
  • Ice to prepare and to serve


  • In a cocktail shaker, mix whiskey, simple syrup, lemon and egg white. Shake for 30 seconds.
  • Add a couple ice cubes to mixer and shake again for 30 seconds.
  • Strain shaken mixture into a lowball cocktail glass.
  • Pour red wine over spoon slowly into cocktail glass.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Cocktail, Whiskey

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