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New York Sour Recipe: How to Make a New York Sour Cocktail

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 1 min read

The New York Sour is a whiskey cocktail featuring an unusual ingredient—red wine.



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What Is a New York Sour Cocktail?

The New York Sour (aka Continental Sour or Southern Whiskey Sour) is a Whiskey Sour with the addition of a fruity red wine float.

The New York Sour has five basic ingredients:

  1. Whiskey: Both rye whiskey and bourbon are acceptable.
  2. Simple syrup: The easiest way to sweeten a cocktail. Use sugar if you don’t have simple syrup on hand. Learn how to make simple syrup in our guide here.
  3. Fresh lemon juice: Freshly squeezed citrus is always better than sour mix. Some bartenders like to add a little orange juice as well.
  4. Red wine: Try a fruit-forward, dry red wine, such as malbec or shiraz. To make the float of red wine, you'll want to carefully pour the wine over the back of a bar spoon, close to the surface of the cocktail.
  5. Egg white: The egg white is an optional ingredient that gives sours a velvety texture.
Classic New York Sour Recipe

Classic New York Sour Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min


  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce dry red wine, like malbec or shiraz
  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine whiskey, lemon juice, egg white, and simple syrup with ice. Shake until the egg white emulsifies and becomes frothy, about 30 seconds.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Slowly pour red wine over the back of a spoon so that it floats on the surface of the drink.

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