Cocktail Riff: Fairytale of New York Sour


I typically like to make a big batch of Glühwein (German mulled wine) and then bottle the extra and toss it in the fridge so it’s ready to heat and serve on demand. This little riff on the New York Sour will make use of some of that ready made spiced wine, replacing the red wine float in the original cocktail.

I go easy on the simple syrup here because the Glühwein is already a bit sweet. Adjust wine to taste, as everyone’s batches will be different. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten around to posting my recipe for the mulled wine, so you’ll have to hunt one down in the wild.


Fairytale of New York Sour


1.75 oz bourbon (preferably 90-100 proof)
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
1 eggwhite (or roughly .75 - 1 oz)

.5 - .75 oz chilled Glühwein

Dry Shake: Add bourbon, lemon, simple, and eggwhite to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. The dry shake will help to froth your egg whites.

Make sure your shaker’s seal is very secure, as expansion will occur!

Next, add ice to the tin and shake again for about 20-30 seconds. Double strain (through a tea strainer) into a chilled coupe. Slowly add the chilled Glühwein. Serve and drink immediately. 

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