Best New York Sour

Here’s how to make the New York Sour: of the the best cocktails out there! Make a classic whiskey sour and float a layer of red wine on top. May we introduce you to one of the most stunning and complex cocktails out there: the New York Sour! Now, this Classic Whiskey Sour stands out as a fan favorite (and personal one) in our long list of cocktail recipes. So when we tried this New York Sour: well, it blew us away! First you have the whiskey sour layer: sweet tart and perfectly balanced, sweetened with maple for some nuance. Then float a layer of red wine over the top and it adds intrigue, complexity and a fruity acidity. Not to mention it looks simply stunning with the bright two-toned layer. Even better: it’s easy to make! Here’s how it’s done. What’s in a New York Sour? The New York Sour is a well-known variation on the whiskey sour that floats a layer of red wine on top. It’s thought to have been invented by a bartender in the 1880’s in Chicago, then picked up and made popular in New York City (hence the name). The whiskey sour is a […]

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Here’s how to make the New York Sour: of the the best cocktails out there! Make a classic whiskey sour and float a layer of red wine on top.

New York Sour

May we introduce you to one of the most stunning and complex cocktails out there: the New York Sour! Now, this Classic Whiskey Sour stands out as a fan favorite (and personal one) in our long list of cocktail recipes. So when we tried this New York Sour: well, it blew us away! First you have the whiskey sour layer: sweet tart and perfectly balanced, sweetened with maple for some nuance. Then float a layer of red wine over the top and it adds intrigue, complexity and a fruity acidity. Not to mention it looks simply stunning with the bright two-toned layer. Even better: it’s easy to make! Here’s how it’s done.

What’s in a New York Sour?

The New York Sour is a well-known variation on the whiskey sour that floats a layer of red wine on top. It’s thought to have been invented by a bartender in the 1880’s in Chicago, then picked up and made popular in New York City (hence the name). The whiskey sour is a actually classic cocktail that’s on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. This means it has an official definition. Add a layer of wine and you’ve got this classic red wine cocktail:

  • Bourbon whiskey: as high quality as possible (you can use any whiskey, but we prefer the flavor of bourbon)
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup (we use maple syrup; more below)
  • Red wine
New York Sour

How to make a New York Sour (and make a perfect layer)

Though it looks showy, the New York Sour is actually very easy to make! You just need to know a little trick about making that beautiful red wine layer.

  • Shake: Combine the bourbon, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake until cold Strain it into a glass.
  • Make the red wine layer: Here’s the fun part! Hold the back of a spoon right above the top of the glass. Then gently pour the red wine on top of the spoon into the glass. Because it hits the spoon first, it will settle into a layer on top.
New York Sour

Maple syrup vs simple syrup

The sweetener for a whiskey sour is traditionally simple syrup. But you can also use maple syrup in this New York Sour! Alex and I have switched to using maple syrup for many of our cocktail recipes. Here’s why:

  • Maple syrup gives a nuanced sweetness. Simple syrup gives a drink a straightforward, piercing sweetness. In contrast, the sweetness with maple is more nuanced and adds complexity to the drink. Most importantly: it doesn’t taste like maple at all! (Really.)
  • It’s a natural sweetener (not refined sugar). Maple syrup still contains sugar, of course! But if you like to use natural sweeteners, this is the way to go.

The whiskey: rye vs bourbon

You can make a New York Sour with either rye or bourbon whiskey! But Alex and I generally prefer the sweeter flavor of bourbon to the spicy flavor of rye. In our classic Whiskey Sour, we always use bourbon when we serve it (you can also call it a bourbon sour). Of course, feel free to use whatever suits your fancy! If you have local options, this is a great way to give them a go!

In general, we prefer the taste of bourbon whiskey to rye in cocktails. We use bourbon in our Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Boulevardier cocktails! We’d highly recommend them if you love bourbon drinks.

Whiskey

Another whiskey sour variation: the Boston Sour

Another variation on the classic whiskey sour is this Boston Sour! It has an egg white foam topping, which is often an addition to sour cocktails. It makes it feel like a true 1920’s style drink! If you’ve never tried an egg white foam, we’ve cracked the code to making that perfect, frothy foam.

More classic sour cocktails!

Here are a few more of our classic cocktails to add to your repertoire that are all part of the family of sour cocktails! Sour cocktails are all mixed drinks that have liquor, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener.

  • Classic Margarita The very best classic margarita: lime, tequila and Cointreau. One of the original ours! Or try our 10+ margarita variations.
  • Tom Collins Cocktail A Tom Collins is also known as a gin sour: is light and bubbly with soda water.
  • Gin Fizz The Gin Fizz is another gin sour: the classic. It has a frothy egg white foam topping.
  • Classic Daiquiri The Classic Daiquiri is actually not frozen! It’s rum, lime juice, and sweetener.
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When to serve a New York Sour

The New York Sour is a red wine cocktail that’s tasty as it is versatile. It’s perfect for sipping as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Summer patio drink
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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New York Sour

BEST New York Sour


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make the New York Sour: of the the best cocktails out there! Make a classic whiskey sour and float a layer of red wine on top.


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce ( 2 tablespoons) lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) maple syrup or simple syrup
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) dry red wine
  • Optional garnish: lemon twist

Instructions

  1. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, and syrup to cocktail shaker and fill it with a handful of ice. Shake until very cold.
  2. Strain the drink into an ice-filled lowball or Old Fashioned glass.
  3. Carefully pour the red wine over back of spoon just above the surface of the drink, creating a layer on top. Serve with a lemon twist if desired.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: New York Sour, New York Sour Recipe, Red Wine Cocktail

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Afraid of Red Wine Stains? Memorize This Handy Trick

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

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On a recent Friday night, I ventured to a BYOB restaurant for dinner with a group. After waiting in line for 30 minutes to place our orders, we sat at a picnic table and started to uncork the bottles of wine we'd brought. I was pretty jazzed about my 2017 Les Heretiques, a natural, French Carignan, so I carefully poured healthy servings into flimsy plastic cups and set the open bottle down in the middle of the table. I took a sip and was delighted to find the red table wine was just to my taste—tannic, medium-bodied, and full of dark fruit.

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Red Wine Bucatini with Pancetta and Parmesan.

This is where I try to convince you to make red wine pasta! Annnd moving right along to Valentine’s Day dinner… here we are! Though I have to say that I would like a plate of red wine bucatini for dinner TONIGHT. Just a regular old Wednesday. I mean, why not?  I first saw this […]

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This is where I try to convince you to make red wine pasta!

This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!

Annnd moving right along to Valentine’s Day dinner… here we are!

Though I have to say that I would like a plate of red wine bucatini for dinner TONIGHT. Just a regular old Wednesday. I mean, why not? 

garlic + butter

I first saw this recipe before Christmas and instantly wanted it but also instantly thought it would be perrrfect for Valentine’s Day. Seriously, I haven’t stopped thinking about it! And of course, I was super intrigued too – pasta tossed in red wine? HELLO! I am so there. 

I have never seen anything like this or even heard of the dish (though a quick google search told me it’s definitely a thing) – most likely because I have zero Italian roots anywhere. Plus, it’s my least favorite cuisine so it’s not like I’m out searching for Italian recipes to make all the time.

But this! 

Red wine pasta might be a game changer. Italian food is slowly creeping up the list for me. 

bucatini pasta

What I love about this recipe?

It’s oddly simple. Simple in terms of ingredients – not flavor! It’s kind of like a cacio e pepe or an easy traditional carbonara. A pasta tossed with tons of flavor and not lots of ingredients – it’s not like there is shrimp or a lot of roasted vegetables or anything twirled in between the noodles. You know?

This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!

Instead, you cook a ton of garlic and red pepper flakes until golden and fragrant and THEN you pour in an entire bottle of red wine. Yes. An entire bottle! You cook it down until it has reduced by nearly half. Then you toss your pasta directly in it (with tons of butter) and the pasta soaks up all the wine. 

In a really good way, that is. It soaks up all the rich flavor.

This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!

And then we go and make it even MORE flavorful by topping it with pancetta and parmesan and herbs.

This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!

Oh

my 

word. 

This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!

I am completely in LOVE with this. It’s so different from anything I’ve had before. And I love the idea of serving it for Valentine’s Day! This alone is filling enough for me (I mean, sure, maybe add some garlic bread, why not?) but you could absolutely add something on the side! Like sautéed shrimp? Serve it as a side to a filet? Or just make a really big house salad to go along with it. 

I swear you are going to love.it. 

This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!

Red Wine Pasta with Pancetta and Parmesan

Red Wine Bucatini with Pancetta and Parmesan

This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!

  • 4 ounces diced pancetta
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 6 garlic cloves, (minced or pressed)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 (750mL) bottle red wine, such as cabernet or pinot noir
  • 1 pound bucatini pasta
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley and basil for topping
  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the pancetta. Cook until the pancetta is crispy and the fat has been rendered. Remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to drain any excess grease.
  2. Add the 1 tablespoon of butter to the pot and keep it over medium heat. Add in the garlic and pepper flakes with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the garlic is fragrant and slightly golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the red wine and bring it to a book. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the wine reduces by ½ to ⅔ – this will take about 20 minutes.
  3. While the red wine is boiling, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the bucatini. Cook it until it’s very al dente – about 9 to 10 minutes – then transfer it to the red wine in the pot.
  4. Add the butter to the pot with the pasta as well. Toss the pasta in the red wine sauce and cook it for another 2 to 3 minutes – the sauce will thicken and the noodles will soak it up. Toss in the pancetta.
  5. Serve the pasta and top with the parmesan and herbs.

slightly adapted from bon appetit

This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!

This dinner is gold.

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Red Wine Short Ribs Are Like a Big Cozy Sweater for Your Taste Buds

We’ve partnered with Cakebread Cellars—a Napa Valley winery renowned for its elegant and food-friendly bottlings—to share Senior Editor Eric Kim’s favorite way to spend a winter evening: cozying up with tender short ribs and a glass of their Two Creeks…

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When it's cold outside, there are certain dishes I turn to over and over: the cozy squash and guanciale pasta that’s easier to make than a sandwich; the blue cheese burger that makes my taste buds dance; and the wine-braised short ribs that are like curling up in an oversized sweater.

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Lambrusco Smash.

‘Tis the season for a lovely lambrusco smash!  Once you start making this for the rest of your fall festivities, you may forgo every other cocktail. It tastes like how November feels. Chilly yet warm from friends and fires, smelling of crunchy leaves and cinnamon and citrus.  It will warm you from the inside. Then […]

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‘Tis the season for a lovely lambrusco smash! 

A refreshing and warming lambrusco smash, made with bubbly red wine, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup. Tastes like the holidays!

Once you start making this for the rest of your fall festivities, you may forgo every other cocktail. It tastes like how November feels. Chilly yet warm from friends and fires, smelling of crunchy leaves and cinnamon and citrus. 

It will warm you from the inside. Then to your soul! 

A refreshing and warming lambrusco smash, made with bubbly red wine, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup. Tastes like the holidays!

It’s no secret that I love lambrusco! It’s just the *right* amount of bubbly, you know? So effervescent, so perfect. And not overly sweet either! 

It’s my favorite red wine to use during the holiday season – on its own or mixed into cocktails.

And that’s what we have here!

A little lambrusco bourbon smash. Made with orange soda and a hint of maple syrup for sweetness, it’s so perfect for November and the Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving season. 

A refreshing and warming lambrusco smash, made with bubbly red wine, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup. Tastes like the holidays!

You can skip the maple syrup if you’d like – after all, we do have a super crunchy, textured cinnamon sugared rim. That’s basically my signature come fall time, because everything tastes better with one. Let’s be honest.

A refreshing and warming lambrusco smash, made with bubbly red wine, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup. Tastes like the holidays!

Obviously the best part about this is that we can make the drink ahead of time! Stir everything together an hour or so before you want to serve it, that way the bubbles will stay. It gets more flavorful as it sits, especially if you add in the orange slices or even cinnamon sticks.

YES.

With a billion other dishes to worry about on Thanksgiving, a cocktail or mocktail is not what you want to add to the list. Make something that you can prep ahead of time; something that other guests can pour and serve. 

And can I tell you right now that I’ve had to delete approximately 65 exclamation points from this post, because my excitement is so insane?

A refreshing and warming lambrusco smash, made with bubbly red wine, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup. Tastes like the holidays!

This drink is seasonally refreshing and also warming at the same time. Is it just me, or do you feel a grand pull towards red wine once the weather cools down? I never did until about three years ago, and now it’s all I find myself craving since it’s dark in the afternoon AND cold.

Really, this might just be the best cure for daylight savings time ending. 

A refreshing and warming lambrusco smash, made with bubbly red wine, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup. Tastes like the holidays!

Lambrusco Smash

Lambrusco Smash

A refreshing and warming lambrusco smash, made with bubby red wine, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup. Tastes like the holidays!

  • 1 750mL bottle lambrusco
  • 12 ounces orange soda
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces maple syrup
  • orange wedges for serving

for the rim:

  • ¼ cup coarse sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • orange wedges for rimming
  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the lambrusco, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup.
  2. Stir together the cinnamon and sugar on a plate. Rim the glass with an orange wedge and dip the glass in the cinnamon sugar.
  3. Fill the glass with ice and pour the lambrusco over top. Garnish with an orange wedge!

A refreshing and warming lambrusco smash, made with bubbly red wine, bourbon, orange soda and maple syrup. Tastes like the holidays!

Seriously look at those bubbles!

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Fall Sangria Recipe

Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink recipe! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow. WOW is all I can say about this one. Not only is this fall sangria recipe beautiful, it tastes like wearing a cozy sweater with a spiced candle in front of a roaring fireplace. (Or something equally cozy…you decide!) Alex is the cocktail recipe master of the two of us. He created this fall slash winter apple cider sangria that’s just sweet enough, cinnamon-spiced with apples, pears and orange. In my sister’s words: “I don’t usually like sangria. But this is the best sangria I’ve ever had.” Now, if you’re keeping track, she’s said “best ever” about quite a few things over here (vegan pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, etc.). But I’d have to agree with her…in all cases. Here are the secrets to our favorite fall drink recipe. How to make a fall sangria recipe Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. A classic sangria is made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. (There are lots of sangria variations as well: peach sangria, […]

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Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink recipe! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.

Fall Sangria Recipe

WOW is all I can say about this one. Not only is this fall sangria recipe beautiful, it tastes like wearing a cozy sweater with a spiced candle in front of a roaring fireplace. (Or something equally cozy…you decide!) Alex is the cocktail recipe master of the two of us. He created this fall slash winter apple cider sangria that’s just sweet enough, cinnamon-spiced with apples, pears and orange. In my sister’s words: “I don’t usually like sangria. But this is the best sangria I’ve ever had.” Now, if you’re keeping track, she’s said “best ever” about quite a few things over here (vegan pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, etc.). But I’d have to agree with her…in all cases. Here are the secrets to our favorite fall drink recipe.

Fall sangria recipe

How to make a fall sangria recipe

Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. A classic sangria is made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. (There are lots of sangria variations as well: peach sangria, white sangria, apple cider sangria, etc.) I studied abroad in Spain in college, so anything Spain-related is my favorite. But you’ll find that many Americanized recipes for sangria make it much too sweet: it basically tastes like fruit juice.

Here’s a fall sangria that’s closer to a true Spanish sangria in flavor! It’s robust and dark, featuring apples, pears, and orange soaked in Spanish red wine. There’s a little cinnamon thrown in for a kick. To serve, you’ll add ice to the glass, then use half sparkling apple cider or regular apple cider, and top with the red wine mixture. If you’d like, you can pour it in layers to make it two-toned, like these photos Alex snapped. It’s turns into the most vibrant, cozy fall drink recipe imaginable.

Here are the basic steps for this fall sangria recipe (see the full recipe below):

  • Thinly slice a pear, apple, and orange. Place them in a bowl and mix with a sprinkle of sugar.
  • Add to a pitcher and pour in a bottle of red wine. Allow to stand 1 hour for the flavors to meld.
  • When ready to serve, fill each glass half-full with sparkling apple cider or regular apple cider. Top off with the red wine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or rosemary and serve!
Red wine

What red wine to use for sangria?

What type of red wine should you use for sangria? Any dry red wine will work for the sangria. Again, this is a more traditional Spanish sangria where dry flavors meld with fruity: you don’t want the wine to be too sweet!

If you want to be even more traditional, use a Spanish dry red wine. Our favorite is a Tempranillo from Rioja, which is what we used when we made this fall sangria. Its vibrant color and fruity tasting notes are perfect for this drink.

Apple cider sangria

How to serve this sangria

The best part of a good fall sangria recipe is the garnish, of course! In this cocktail we used a cinnamon stick, a branch of rosemary (we’re growing some in our garden), and an orange round from the remainder of the orange. Of course, you can use whatever you’d like that goes with the fall theme (any ideas?).

In terms of glasses to use for sangria, one you probably already have on hand is a wine glass. We typically use a stemless wine glass. However, here we decided to serve it in these Old Fashioned glasses because we liked the look! Or, it could work with a lowball glass if you have that type of glass on hand.

Fall sangria recipe

This fall sangria recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free.

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Fall sangria recipe

Fall Sangria Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10

Description

Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.


Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine, such as Rioja
  • 1 750 ml bottle sparkling cider or apple cider
  • Optional garnishes: Cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, remaining orange slices

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the apple, pear, and orange. Place them into a medium bowl and stir in the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Transfer to a large pitcher. Allow to stand for 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. After 1 hour, pour in the red wine. You can use it immediately, or chill for up to 3 hours.
  4. To serve, fill a glass with ice. Fill halfway with sparkling apple cider, then halfway with red wine mixture. Garnish with cinnamon stick, rosemary or orange slices. When you’ve polished off the sangria, you can snack on the sweetened fruit.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktail

Keywords: Fall Sangria Recipe, Fall Sangria, Apple Cider Sangria

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Champagne On Ice

Who says you can’t put ice in champagne? Not the French. Or more specifically, not several French champagne producers, who’ve introduced specially-formulated sparklers meant to be served on the rocks. Adding ice to a glass of wine, typically rosé, is called a piscine (pool), popular in the south of France, where a few glaçons are added to wine to beat the heat. But it’s not…

Who says you can’t put ice in champagne? Not the French. Or more specifically, not several French champagne producers, who’ve introduced specially-formulated sparklers meant to be served on the rocks.

Adding ice to a glass of wine, typically rosé, is called a piscine (pool), popular in the south of France, where a few glaçons are added to wine to beat the heat. But it’s not always limited to rosé; when in Corsica, people were plopping cubes of ice in glasses of red wine. “It’s too hot…” one person told me, as ice bobbed on the surface of her glass. Champagne isn’t necessarily sacred either. The head of the most prestigious champagne house once told me, “It’s better to add a cube of ice to a glass of champagne, if it’s not served cold enough, than to drink warm champagne.” As someone who’s been served a glass of champagne at a less-than-ideal temperature, I have to agree.

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