New York Sour

new-york-sourJust in time for the weekend, we’re bringing you a gorgeous (and delicious) cocktail! Have you guys heard of Deckopedia? I discovered them in Elle Decor and was interested in two of their cocktail decks: international mixology and the mood inspired collection (recipe coming from that one later on). Basically, instead of a typical bar book, it’s a deck of recipe cocktail cards. Long story short, they’re really fun and this particular cocktail came from the world crafted cocktails collection. It definitely didn’t disappoint! I’ve been wanting to try a New York Sour for awhile now and was glad to find this solid recipe.

new-york-sour-from-deckotopiaNew York Sour // makes 1 serving

2 ounces bourbon, I used Woodford Reserve
3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
red wine, to float on top

Using quality liquor and ingredients make a huge different when concocting craft cocktails… just something to keep in mind.

bourbon-new-york-sour-cocktailMix all the ingredients except the wine in a cocktail shaker.

cocktail-new-york-sourAdd the ice and shake until the exterior is cold and frosty.

cocktail-shaker-and-pretty-ice-cubesI’m all about using fun ice molds because they add to the presentation of a cocktail (I used this ice mold).

square-ice-moldStrain the mixture into a collins glass prepared with a large ice cube. The next part is a little tricky… fill the remainder of the glass with floating red wine. To “float” something on top of a drink, pour the liquid slowly over the curved side of a bar spoon. Be sure to hold the spoon close to the cocktail so there is no splashing. Pour the wine gently and slowly- or it won’t float.


new-york-sour-recipeI didn’t love the proportion of the color blocking, so I gave it a gentle swirl with a cocktail spoon. You can easily manipulate the distribution of the wine within the glass. I thought bringing the burgundy color down a little further felt more appropriate for a fall drink.

new-york-sour-with-wine-floatGarnish the cocktail with a lemon wedge and you’re all set! I made a couple of these and invited a friend over to enjoy one with me, but I couldn’t help but think how easy these would be for a fall or holiday party. They certainly look stunning and much more difficult to make than they actually are. If you’re trying to impress your guests- pin this one. Happy Friday!

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  1. Hi, I love a new cocktail! Two questions:
    1. Look is important, but your post doesn’t address taste really. How was the cocktail? A wine and bourbon mix is new to me.
    2. What size glass? I always wonder that if the recipe doesn’t tell you. I assume it messes with the taste if you mess up the proportions by putting too much or too little in the float.
    Thanks, LRC

    1. Such good questions!!
      1. This one tastes really amazing. I have actually made this cocktail again since shooting the post because my husband liked it so much. The bourbon and red wine give it a nice fall flavor.
      2. I used a regular sized collins glass and added the red wine to taste. It seems the more slender the glass, the better it occupies and fills the space. This would also be pretty in multiple champagne flutes with smaller servings!
      Thanks for the great inquiries! xo