This New York Sour is in honor of the New York Mets, AKA, the cause of many a bender.
I needed to blow off nervous tension while watching the World Series. Some people pace, some drum their fingers, but I tend to clean with an OCD-like focus or make drinks. Games 1 was responsible for my sparkling clean bathroom and kitchen, but by Game 2 it was time to get out my cocktail shaker and make a bunch of one of these beauties.
While my New York Mets couldn’t best the Kansas City Royals, I managed to prevail over this drink. OK, that sounds overly-dramatic. In fact, a New York Sour looks like it would be complicated to make when, actually, it’s dead easy. That makes it the perfect pour to impress friends at your next gathering. The magic happens in the last step: When you add the red wine on top, carefully pour it over the back of a spoon so that it floats on top of the other ingredients.
Now a New York Sour is nothing more than a whiskey sour with some red wine added in, but in this instance the sum is greater than its parts. The whiskey in question is a spicy rye or rich bourbon, the lemon juice is as expected. But then there’s the leftfield addition of red wine that makes this cocktail so special. The use of a fruity red wine adds a lushness to the drink, taking the edge off the lemon without going too far the other way and becoming too sweet. It’s delicious. It’s also gorgeous. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love an ombre drink?