What to Buy When Starting a French Bar at Home

Weeks before Drinking French came out, people were asking me what liquors and spirits to buy in anticipation of the book’s release. Skimming through the 160 recipes in the book, many of which are for cocktails and apéritifs, I offered up tips here and there, suggesting a few essential bottles that could be used for a number of recipes in the book. I also added…

Weeks before Drinking French came out, people were asking me what liquors and spirits to buy in anticipation of the book’s release. Skimming through the 160 recipes in the book, many of which are for cocktails and apéritifs, I offered up tips here and there, suggesting a few essential bottles that could be used for a number of recipes in the book. I also added a few extras (at the end of this post) to those suggestions, that aren’t vital to have, but are some of my favorites in case they wanted to branch out a little into some other French drinks, and spirits.

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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.

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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.
New York Sour

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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Vieux Carre cocktail

This post was originally published in 2013, which I updated and revised. It’s part of an online “L’heure d’apéro” or Happy Hour that I’ve been doing on Instagram Live on my IGTV channel most evenings at 6pm Paris time (which currently is 1pm ET, 10am PT) where I’m making a favorite cocktail live in my kitchen and responding to reader’s comments while I mix and…

This post was originally published in 2013, which I updated and revised. It’s part of an online “L’heure d’apéro” or Happy Hour that I’ve been doing on Instagram Live on my IGTV channel most evenings at 6pm Paris time (which currently is 1pm ET, 10am PT) where I’m making a favorite cocktail live in my kitchen and responding to reader’s comments while I mix and shake. (The videos get archived on my Instagram page in my Stories, which are available to watch up to 24 hours afterward, and in my Feed, which are there indefinitely.

In the live videos I’m also talking about French spirits, a few of which are used in this cocktail, the Vieux Carré. I’ve brought this cocktail post up to the top here on the blog, and I’ll be bringing others up others, as well as sharing other types of recipes that I hope you’ll find helpful during this time when many of us are housebound. (Tonight, March 26th, I’ll be making the Jasmin Cocktail if you want to tune in. Thanks! – David

A Vieux Carré is supposed to have Peychaud’s bitters in it. It was at the tippy top of my shopping list when I wanted to make this cocktail. I had the rye whiskey in spades, as well as the other ingredients, but the bitters eluded me.

But I went to four liquor stores that specialize in cocktail liquors and spirits in Paris and three didn’t have it. And the fourth was inexplicably closed for some sort of fermeture exceptionnelle. There was no sign, no nothing, so I don’t know. I peered through the darkened windows to see if they had the bitters on any of the shelves but couldn’t get a glimpse of the bitters selection, so went home empty-handed.

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Whiskey Caramel Sauce

Rich and creamy, sweet and boozy – this whiskey-infused caramel sauce makes a perfect homemade holiday gift! The boozy secret ingredient in this luscious homemade caramel sauce will garner praise and awe from all those who taste it. My mom regularly makes double batches of my whiskey caramel sauce to accompany my chocolate whiskey bundt […]

Rich and creamy, sweet and boozy – this whiskey-infused caramel sauce makes a perfect homemade holiday gift!

The boozy secret ingredient in this luscious homemade caramel sauce will garner praise and awe from all those who taste it.

Three jars of homemade whiskey caramel sauce, one jar mostly empty with a few drips, and printed black and white labels.

My mom regularly makes double batches of my whiskey caramel sauce to accompany my chocolate whiskey bundt cake recipe, claiming that the sauce itself (not the cake, mind you) always gets tons of raves and compliments whenever she makes it and she likes to have extra on hand to send home with her dinner guests.

Which got me thinking that maybe this recipe, simple as it may be, deserved its own post.

A spoon drizzling homemade whiskey caramel sauce into a jar full of caramel

Whether you drizzle it on a moist chocolate bundt cake or over homemade vanilla bean ice cream, slather it on yeasted Belgian waffles or boozy French toast, swirl it into fudgy pecan brownies or spoon it on top of a slice of New York-style cheesecake… this spiked caramel sauce is not only incredibly versatile, it’s a revelation.

Bonus that it makes a great homemade holiday gift too (and be sure to scroll to the bottom to download my free printable gift labels!)

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Mistletoe Manhattans.

Merry merry mistletoe manhattan!  In the land of mistletoe margaritas and white christmas punch, I’m dropping by with a mistletoe manhattan! We’re basically covering everyone’s preference here on the blog with a festive holiday cocktail, so if you’re a whiskey person, here is your glass. Get ready to chill it! We’ve got a little whiskey, […]

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Merry merry mistletoe manhattan! 

The mistletoe manhattan is a fun holiday spin on the classic manhattan cocktail! Sugared cranberries and rosemary make this super festive.

In the land of mistletoe margaritas and white christmas punch, I’m dropping by with a mistletoe manhattan!

We’re basically covering everyone’s preference here on the blog with a festive holiday cocktail, so if you’re a whiskey person, here is your glass. Get ready to chill it!

the start of sugared cranberries

We’ve got a little whiskey, some cherry, some cranberry, a dash of bitters and vermouth – garnished with sugared cranberries and a sprig of rosemary for fun. You can also sugar the sprig if you want! You know, I’m just over here trashing up one of the world’s favorite cocktails and giving it an elf-inspired name.

Forgive me. 

The mistletoe manhattan is a fun holiday spin on the classic manhattan cocktail! Sugared cranberries and rosemary make this super festive.

My mom always ordered manhattans when I was a kid and I would beg her for the maraschino cherry. So would my brothers! She never let us have the cherry until much later in life (um, it is completely soaked in booze, after all), but honestly, I liked it. I thought it tasted good, and I’ve always liked whiskey and bourbon. It’s definitely not LIGHT, it’s not what I drink when I want a light and refreshing cocktail. But this is almost… refreshing? 

Believe it!

Some people have a bad experience with whiskey (I’m looking at you Eddie) and can’t handle the flavor – and I get it. But shockingly I enjoy it and think it tastes GOOD. I’m obsessed with cooking and baking with it. And I’d almost always choose a bourbon cocktail over a vodka one, but it does sort of depend on my mood.

The mistletoe manhattan is a fun holiday spin on the classic manhattan cocktail! Sugared cranberries and rosemary make this super festive.

Right now, I’m in a major Christmas mood! Seriously, I may be driving my family nuts with the fun holiday experiences over here. I could be an extra (or, um, main character) in the movie Elf, minus the whole maple syrup addiction.

See, there is no better time for a festive drink than around the holidays. I know that I go absolutely CRAZY about fall and apple cider cocktails, but right now is such a FUN experience when it comes to hosting, entertaining and serving snazzy drinks.

Apologies for just using the word snazzy. 

But we have to live up to the festivities while we can! So serve a little mistletoe manhattan with cheer!

The mistletoe manhattan is a fun holiday spin on the classic manhattan cocktail! Sugared cranberries and rosemary make this super festive.

Mistletoe Manhattan

Mistletoe Manhattan

The mistletoe manhattan is a fun holiday spin on the classic manhattan cocktail! Sugared cranberries and rosemary make this super festive.

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • ½ ounce maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • maraschino cherries, (for garnish)
  • sugared cranberries, (for garnish)
  • rosemary, (for garnish)
  1. In a shaker cup filled with ice, combined the whiskey, cherry juice, cranberry juice, vermouth and bitters. Shake lightly or stir a few times until combined.
  2. Pour in a chilled glass and garnish with a cherry, sugared cranberries and rosemary.

The mistletoe manhattan is a fun holiday spin on the classic manhattan cocktail! Sugared cranberries and rosemary make this super festive.

Twinkle lights for life.

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Traditional Eggnog Recipe

This easy, old-fashioned eggnog recipe is made with cooked eggs, rum, whiskey, vanilla, sugar, and cream. A guaranteed hit at every holiday get-together!

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This easy, old-fashioned eggnog recipe is made with cooked eggs (which means it’s safe to drink!), rum, whiskey, vanilla, sugar, and cream. The classic Christmas cocktail is a guaranteed hit at every holiday get-together and only takes 15 minutes to prepare, so bust out your favorite Christmas sweater and get your punch bowl ready!

Two glasses half-filled with eggnog and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

I cannot think about eggnog without the vision of Clark Griswold plunging his reindeer mug into a vat of eggnog in the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation dashing through my head. Such an iconic movie and one I’ve seen countless times.

Many, many years ago, I decided that I needed to make some honest-to-goodness, homemade eggnog that was properly spiked while still being creamy and delicious. It ticked off all three of those boxes, and I couldn’t wait to incorporate it into our holiday festivities.

I’ve made a lot of recipes that use eggnog since then, and it’s definitely worth showcasing the star itself; homemade eggnog is a festive addition to any holiday party and easier to make than you’d think.

An overhead shot of a glass of eggnog with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.

Let’s Make Eggnog From Scratch!

The base of this homemade eggnog is actually started in much the same way as an ice cream custard, with the exception that whole eggs are used here, while only egg yolks are typically used for ice cream. The egg, sugar and cream mixture is cooked over low heat until thickened, then strained to keep it super smooth, and once allowed to cool a bit, the rum, whiskey, and vanilla are added.

Finally, a little more heavy cream is beat to soft peaks and folded into the eggnog mixture to lighten it up and make it ultra-creamy. Add a sprinkle of nutmeg, and it’s ready!

A series of three photos showing the custard base of eggnog.

A photo collage of making eggnog.

Egg-cellent Eggnog Tips

Get ready to be the hit of your party when you serve up this homemade eggnog; below are a few tips to make it juuuuuust right…

  • This eggnog is definitely strong; if you prefer it less boozy, you can cut back on the alcohol.
  • If you want to make this completely non-alcoholic, you can simply omit the alcohol.
  • Rum – I like dark rum in eggnog (Myers’s is what I usually buy), but spiced rum would also be fabulous.
  • Whiskey – I typically use Crown Royal, but use what you like or keep on hand.
  • Other Alcohol – You can switch up the ratios based on your personal preferences; feel free to swap in others like bourbon, Cognac, scotch, or brandy, as well. And how about a little peppermint schnapps for a festive flavor?!
  • Make-Ahead – This eggnog can be prepared and refrigerated for up to 3 days (great for preparing for a party!). Be sure to whisk well before serving.

Three glasses of eggnog with a cinnamon stick and a bowl of grated nutmeg.

Traditional Eggnog Recipe

This easy, old-fashioned eggnog recipe is made with cooked eggs, rum, whiskey, vanilla, sugar, and cream. The classic Christmas cocktail is a guaranteed hit at every holiday get-together!

  • 3½ cups heavy cream (divided)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • ½ cup whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (plus more for garnish)
  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2½ cups of the cream over medium-low heat until it begins to simmer around the edges of the pan (do not let it boil).
  2. While the cream is heating, whisk together the eggs, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Ladle out 1 cup of the warm cream mixture and slowly pour it into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Scrape all of the egg mixture into the saucepan. Continue to cook, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pan as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula, a few minutes. The mixture should register 160 to 165 degrees F on an instant-read digital thermometer.

  3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl and allow to cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the rum, whiskey, vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon of the freshly grated nutmeg.
  4. Whip the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the eggnog mixture, making sure the whipped cream is completely incorporated. Serve immediately, topping each serving with a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg. The eggnog can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Be sure to gently whisk before serving.
  • This eggnog is definitely strong; if you prefer it less boozy, you can cut back on the alcohol.
  • If you want to make this completely non-alcoholic, you can simply omit the alcohol.
  • Rum – I like dark rum in eggnog (Myers’s is what I usually buy), but spiced rum would also be fabulous.
  • Whiskey – I typically use Crown Royal, but use what you like or keep on hand.
  • Other Alcohol – You can switch up the ratios based on your personal preferences; feel free to swap in others like bourbon, Cognac, scotch, or brandy, as well. And how about a little peppermint schnapps for a festive flavor?!
  • Make-Ahead – This eggnog can be prepared and refrigerated for up to 3 days (great for preparing for a party!). Be sure to whisk well before serving.

Nutritional values are based on one 4-ounce drink.

Recipe from The Pastry Queen Christmas

Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in December 2013; updated in December 2019 with new photos and extra recipe tips.

[photos by Ari of Well Seasoned]

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Cinnamon Cider Whiskey Sour.

My plans for the next month include a cider whiskey sour! If you’re not a sangria person and the thought of apple cider margaritas make you cry, then the cinnamon cider whiskey sour may be for you. I’m in love. It’s kind of mature and classy (at least, it makes me feel mature and classy?) […]

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My plans for the next month include a cider whiskey sour!

Everything I love about fall is in one little cocktail right here! If you love whiskey, this cinnamon spiced cider and splash of maple makes a sour so good!

If you’re not a sangria person and the thought of apple cider margaritas make you cry, then the cinnamon cider whiskey sour may be for you.

I’m in love.

It’s kind of mature and classy (at least, it makes me feel mature and classy?) but is still slightly trashed up from the cinnamon cider.

I’m also going to pretend that I didn’t just spell cider like “sider,” but that’s neither here nor there. The interest is ruining my brain.

cinnamon simmered cider

This drinks starts out with a cinnamon simmered cider. It’s super flavorful and can be an amazing addition to SO many of your fall drinks. It kind of reminds me of the autumn syrup in this mocktail cranberry cider punch, but without being syrupy. This is a quicker version that just adds some spice to the cider. 

And then a whole bunch of flavor to the whiskey sour! In a super easy way.

Everything I love about fall is in one little cocktail right here! If you love whiskey, this cinnamon spiced cider and splash of maple makes a sour so good!

Whiskey sours were one of the first cocktails I had in college. Well, okay, an amaretto sour was first, and I’m prrreettttty sure my roommate and I got in a faux argument over it being called an armadillo sour. I just doubted myself so much that I googled “armadillo sour.” Amaretto sour was the first thing that came up so maybe it’s a legit question. Hmmmpf. 

But! Whiskey sours came next and I actually ended up loving them. While it’s never my first choice of cocktail when I’m out, I find that there are very specific times when I want one.

Like if I’m sitting by a fire in autumn, listening to a jazz band or something.

Dreamy!

Or if I want one drink that evening and it’s chilly out – I find a whiskey sour to be somewhat warming.

Everything I love about fall is in one little cocktail right here! If you love whiskey, this cinnamon spiced cider and splash of maple makes a sour so good!

And that’s where a lot of the inspiration came from. Cool, chilly autumn nights, cinnamon-apple-y scents everywhere and drinks that warm you with spice!

So cozy, right?!

Since I’m already trashing up the whiskey sour with cinnamon cider, instead of bitters and sugar, I finish this off with a splash of maple syrup. I find that it’s perfect for the season but you may not even need it! The cinnamon cider might be enough.

I mean, it’s so delish that I could take shots of cinnamon simmer cider on its own. 

Everything I love about fall is in one little cocktail right here! If you love whiskey, this cinnamon spiced cider and splash of maple makes a sour so good!

Cinnamon Cider Whiskey Sour

Cinnamon Cider Whiskey Sour

Everything I love about fall is in one little cocktail right here! If you love whiskey, this cinnamon spiced cider and splash of maple makes a sour so good!

cinnamon simmered cider

  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

whiskey sour

  • 1 ounce cider simmered with cinnamon sticks
  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • splash maple syrup
  • apple slices for garnish
  • cinnamon sticks for garnish
  1. To make the cinnamon cider, heat the cider and cinnamon sticks in a small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool completely. You can store the cider in the fridge like this for a few days!
  2. To make the whiskey sour, combine the cider, whiskey, lemon juice and maple syrup in a shaker glass with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then pour over ice and serve. Garnish with apple slices or cinnamon sticks.

Everything I love about fall is in one little cocktail right here! If you love whiskey, this cinnamon spiced cider and splash of maple makes a sour so good!

Now let’s please go sit at a bonfire with these and s’mores.

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