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New York Sour, the Original Recipe

New York Sour Cocktail: The Original and Best Recipe

Elegant and captivating, the New York Sour cocktail never goes out of fashion. Find out how to prepare it.

19 February, 2021
Average: 4 (5 votes)

serves for


total time

0 HR 5 MIN


2 OZ (60 ml) (Rye whiskey)
Sugar syrup
3/4 OZ (22,5 ml) (cane sugar syrup)
Lemon juice
1 OZ (30 ml) (freshly squeezed)
Egg whites
1/2 OZ (15 ml) (pastorised)
Red wine
1/2 OZ (15 ml) (Malbech)
For the Garnish
Lemon zest
(in syrup)



Old fashioned (low tumbler)


Shake and strain

Step 01

Chill the glass

Cool the glass by filling it with ice cubes, then set aside while preparing the cocktail in the shaker.

Step 02

Chill the shaker

Cool and empty the shaker as well. For home use we recommend the 'cobbler shaker', also called traditional or continental.

It consists of three parts: a lower part (made of steel, glass or plastic), which acts as a container where the ingredients are placed, a first upper part consisting of a perforated cap that serves as a filter, also called a dome, and a second upper part which represents the lid, also called the hat, to be placed over the filter.

The three parts must be perfectly interlocked in order to avoid any unwanted leaks during shaking.

The cocktail is poured simply by opening the lid, the strainer action is ensured by the special dome which removes the need to use a separate strainer.

Step 03

Squeeze the lemon

Squeeze the lemon juice with a manual citrus squeezer. Measure and pour the juice into the shaker using a jigger.

Step 04

Add the sugar syrup

Next, measure the cane sugar syrup with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 05

Pastorised egg white

Then, measure the pasteurised egg white with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 06

Rye Whiskey

Finally, measure the rye whiskey with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 07


Close the shaker. Dry shake the ingredients dry (without ice) to allow all the components to emulsify and the egg white to obtain the desired foam typical of this cocktail.

Step 08

Ice the shaker

Fill the shaker 3/4 full with ice. Put the lid on tight and shake vigorously until all the metal parts of the shaker have completely cooled down and are covered with condensation.

Step 09

Pour the cocktail

With the help of a cocktail strainer, remove the excess water that has formed inside the glass. Open the shaker. Then, pour the cocktail into the chilled glass filled with ice.

Step 10

Add the wine

Add the red wine, trying to prevent it from falling to the bottom of the glass. To make it float, pour the wine onto the back of a spoon, resting on the edge of the glass, so as to make it fall more gently and cascade into the top of the glass.

Step 11

Garnish the finished cocktail

Remove a tongue of peel from an orange using a vegetable peeler. Twist over the glass to squeeze the essential oils into the cocktail.

Use the peel to garnish the cocktail (thread on a toothpick along with a cherry).


Recipe Curiosity

Surprisingly, the New York Sour, which dates back to the late 1870s, was created in Chicago by a bartender who claimed to have invented the Manhattan. While the Manhattan's authorship cannot be confirmed, the New York Sour can safely be attributed to this bartender, even though the cocktail's name has changed a few times in history since its conception.

It was known as the Continental Sour and the Whiskey Sour of the South before becoming, as we know it today, New York Sour.


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