2 oz Rye
3⁄4 oz Lemon juice
1⁄2 oz Water
1 t Sugar
1 ds Curaçao
1⁄2 oz Red wine (Claret, as float)

Muddle sugar with water, add all but wine, shake, strain, cocktail glass, float wine.


Also see New York Sour (Cognac) variation.


Originally was 1 Tbsp of sugar, reduced to 1 tsp as suggested by David Wondrich

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Posted by Dan on 7/18/2012
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  • This is my #1 go-to when I'm at a friend's house without a real bar. Whisky, lemon, sugar, and a bottle of wine is enough. Use an egg white.
  • 12/24/17: 2 oz Wild Turkey 101, 3/4 oz lemon, 1/2 oz 2:1 simple, 1 egg white, 3/4 oz ruby port. Might just put wine into shaker next time.
  • Nice use of Byrrh...
  • Very good made with Byrrh instead of red wine. It does sink, though, rather than float. A gentle stir is needed. — ★★★★
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Dan commented on 8/19/2012:

Feel free to sub Byrrh for red wine -- works great, except that it sinks rather than floats.