Ever thought to add a float of red wine to a whiskey sour? SAY WHAT?! Oh yeah, and I’m giving away a copy of an awesome cocktail book!
I read a pretty rad cocktail book you guys. The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler. I’ve read a lot of cocktail recipe books, but this one kind of knocked it out of the park. First off, it’s totally geared toward the old fashioned style cocktail trend (Mad Men watchers I’m looking at you!), AND it has the history and back story of each cocktail recipe. I actually found myself reading it! The book basically convinced me that absinthe is my new drink of choice, and that cocktail garnishes are an absolute must to every cocktail recipe.
“The Essential Bar Book is full of indispensable information about everything boozy that’s good to drink. This easy-to-navigate A-to-Z guide covers it all, from the tools of the trade to the history and mythology behind classic and modern drinks, and features 115 recipes for the world’s most important cocktails.” –Blogging for Books, and well…. back of the book.
After perusing the different recipes and trying to narrow down which one I wanted to create for this post (SO HARD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE!), I settled on the New York Sour. Because….. whiskey with wine! Had to give this a go.
As Jennifer Fiedler states on this recipe, “New York has a knack for adopting everything from fashion to food to people, molding each into its own particular blend of outrageous, sophisticated, and neurotic. Such is the case with the New York Sour, a relatively common variation on the frothy whiskey classic that, up until the early twentieth century, flew under several aliases including the Continental Sour, and the Southern Whiskey Sour. What separates this drink from a regular sour is the addition of a red wine float, which transforms the unassuming sour into this Technicolor foglifter of a cocktail.”
Leave it to me to choose a drink labeled as “neurotic” and “technicolor.”
- 2 oz rye or bourbon
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1/4 oz red wine
Add whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and shake until chilled.
Strain over ice into a rocks glass.
Gently drizzle red wine over the back of a bar spoon to create a float atop the cocktail.
Now for the giveaway:
I’m giving away a copy of this book! An awesome addition to any bar. Will ship to US addresses only. Giveaway will be open until Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:59PM PST. Enter with the rafflecopter below. Good luck!