A New York Sour cocktail on a bronze platter on a counter top with an orange garnish and amarena cherry

New York Sour is one of my very favorites, and as far as I know the only classic cocktail that calls for red wine. The recipe is just a simple whiskey sour with a float of dry red wine on top. The only mystery is getting the float perfect so you have those beautiful visible layers.

A motion shot of red wine being poured over an upside down spoon on top of a whiskey sour cocktail
Easy . . . careful . . . slowly . . . gentle!

To achieve this, simply turn a spoon upside down and very slowly pour your red wine over the whiskey sour. Once the drink is served, it should be stirred together. The dryness of the red wine ever so perfectly intensifies that lovely feeling of sour citrus. It’s a beautiful match. After drinking a New York Sour, you’ll never want to go back to the original.

This cocktail was made with Glük Weine’s Vacqueyras Beaumirail Rouge 2017 as part of our friendly collaboration. Check out this blog post to find out more about premium boxed wine in Germany and to find more wine cocktail recipes.

On overhead shot of a New York Sour cocktail with and orange peel and amarena cherry garnish. The foam is red from red wine.



  1. Shake all ingredients except red wine on ice
  2. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass
  3. Float the red wine on top (slowly pour over an upside down spoon)
  4. Garnish with an orange peel and amarena cherry

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