New York has a wide variety of cocktails named after our great City. There’s the Manhattan, the Brooklyn, New York Lemonade, Harlem Nights, and even a drink called The Staten Island Ferry. And then there’s the ever popular, right to the point, New York Cocktail.

You know the old adage: When in Rome, do as the Romans. Well, here’s another: When in New York, always indulge in a New York cocktail.

Similar to a whiskey sour, but balanced with just the perfect amount of sweeteners, this is a drink, ever rising in popularity. Just start with great ingredients, and you’re on your way to a not too sweet, not too tart, perfectly balanced, adult beverage experience.

So, you can whip this classic drink up at home, and here are a few recipe variations for a successful, and delicious, New York Cocktail.

New York Cocktail Variation 1

  • 2 ounces of Canadian Whiskey
  • ¾ ounce of lime juice
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup
  • 1 tsp Grenadine syrup

Grab your cocktail shaker, fill it with ice and shake the ingredients until well chilled. Strain the mixture into an old-fashioned glass, filled with chipped ice, and garnish with a festive, and fresh, orange twist.


New York Cocktail Variation 2

  • 2 ounces blended whiskey
  • 1 ounce of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fine sugar
  • ½ tsp grenadine

Pour the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Pour into your favorite cocktail glass and garnish with a fresh lemon twist.

Note: This version is a little less sweet than the first, but every bit as delicious. Remember, you can always adjust tart to sweet ratios to best suit your personal taste. Either way, this one will make you sing, New York, New York!

New York Cocktail Variation 3

  • 1 ½ ounces of rye whiskey
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon of powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of grenadine

Pour the ingredients into an iced shaker. Shake thoroughly until chilled. Then, pour the mixture into a stemmed cocktail glass and garnish with a fresh, curled orange peel.

Your guests are going to love this one!

New York Cocktail

New York Cocktail Version 4

  • 4 ounces Southern Comfort
  • 1 ½ ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine

Pour the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled Then, strain the mixture into a stemmed glass and garnish with a fresh lemon twist.

Note: The Southern Comfort adds to the rich, sweet blend, of this variation.

Absolutely delicious!

New York Sour Cocktail Variation 5

And if a balanced, sweet to sour ratio is not for you, a classic New York Sour might be your perfect choice.

New York Sour

  • 2 ounces of rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 ounces of red wine

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. But hold back on the wine. Once chilled, strain the mixture into an iced cocktail glass. Now, grab that red wine, and carefully pour it down the back side of the drink. This not only makes a delicious cocktail, but it creates a beautiful display of vibrant, streaming color. This one’s as impressive as it is good!

If you’re in the mood for a New York Cocktail — or any drink for that matter — accompanied by an amazing selection of small plates, and spectacular views of the New York City skyline, come visit us at High Bar. We’re located on the 37th floor of the Doubletree at 346 West 40th Street.

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