New York Sour

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14. June 2015 by swizzzlestick

“… The origin of this cocktail is shrouded in mystery, but it is certain that it was served at several New York city speakeasies in the late 1920s. It was no surprise to discover that this cocktail was New York´s prohibition-era favorite, probably because the lemon juice, sugar, and wine camouflaged and successfully balanced the bad watered-down whiskey common in those days. … Think of it as the prohibition-era Cosmo … . Made with better ingredients, the cocktail became a masterpiece of complex flavors and mouthfeel“, Jason Kosmas & Dushan Zaric write in their wonderful book Speakeasy, Classic Cocktails Reimagined from New York´s Employees Only Bar.

And here is the New York Sour.


1-3/4 ounces Rittenhouse 100-proof rye whiskey, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup, 3/4 ounce dry red wine, garnish: 1 orange half-wheel, 1 brandied cherry


Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain into a a rocks glass filled with ice. Float the red wine on top. Garnish with the orange and the cherry.



An unbelievably well-balanced whiskey drink. The right one to let pass in one´s memories the wonderful weekend on a Sunday night!


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