New York Sour

New York Sour

New York Sour

This has become one of my favorite sours.  If we have a bottle of red wine open, it’s the first cocktail I consider.  The egg white makes a velvety mouth feel and the large ice cube in the shaker creates a nice texture.  Use a full bodied, fruity wine such as Merlot.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Russel’s 10 Year Old Reserve Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1/4 – 1/2 oz. Red wine
  • Lemon peel for garnish
  1. Add bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and the egg white to a shaker and shake, without ice, for 30 seconds to break up the egg white.
  2. Add 3 regular ice cubes plus one large cube * to the shaker and shake for 10-15 seconds until well chilled.
  3. Double strain into a chilled coup
  4. Using the back of your bar spoon, float the wine on the drink.
  5. Express the lemon oils from the peel over the drink and discard the peel.

* Use a 1 1/2 – 2 inch cube plus 3 regular cubes or you can just use all regular cubes.


Belle Meade Sour

I like my whiskey sours 1:1 bourbon and lemon sour.  For the lemon sour, I prefer 2:1 lemon to simple syrup.  I also like the mouth feel of egg white.

Belle Meade Sour

  • 1 1/2 oz. Belle Meade Bourbon
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1 large egg white (can use 3 Tbl. pasteurized egg whites but it will not be the same)
  1. Add all ingredients, in order to a shaker and shake for 30 sec without ice to emulsify the egg white.
  2. Add 3 regular sized ice cubes plus on large cube (1 1/2 – 2 inches)* to the shaker and shake to chill 10 – 15 sec.
  3. Double strain into a chilled coup and serve

* using a large ice cube creates a silky finish that complements the egg white.  You can omit this and use regular ice but you should get a large ice cube tray!


Ciroc Fizz

Our daughter was gifted with a bottle of Ciroc Red Berry Vodka at a Christmas Party and asked me to use it to create a cocktail.  I like champagne cocktails and ’tis the season.  So this is a rif on the  French 75.ciroc-fiz

  • 1/2 oz. Ciroc Red Berry VodkaCiroc
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. Simple syrup
  • Chilled prosecco or champagne
  • Sprig of fresh thyme for garnish
  1. Combine first four ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake to chill
  2. Strain into chilled champagne flute and top with the prosecco
  3. Smack the thyme sprig in your hands to release the oils then float it in the drink.


Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters

Oyster shooters are simply awesome.  They are also unusual enough to impress your guests. While there are those who don’t care for them, most people like oysters.  Plus, you’ll find a number of your friends haven’t tried them – raw anyway.  So, plunge in!

Oyster ShooterWhile fresh shucked oysters are the best, the necessity of shucking is frequently the barrier that prevents the busy host from serving them.  Enter the fresh, pasteurized variety, (and exit the oyster aficionado).  These are probably better for cooking, but work quite well in shooters.  The containers come in a variety of sizes, as will the oysters.  You may want to cut particularly large oysters in half, and double up the small ones.

To build multiple shots, I suggest that you line up the glasses and make them assembly line fashion.  Start with an oyster in each glass followed by the next ingredient, in the order listed.

  • 1 oyster
  • 2 tsp. Zing Zang (or other Bloody Mary mix)
  • 1/8 tsp. Horseradish
  • 1/8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 drops hot sauce
  • 1/4 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. Chilled Cinco Vodka
  1. Chill vodka in the refrigerator for several hours or “freeze” in the freezer for an hour. See note below.
  2. Line up shot glasses and place an oyster in each
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, in the order above, to each glass
  4. Serve immediately

Note: Vodka will not actually freeze, so the bottle won’t break if you leave it in the freezer. Frozen vodka has a silky mouth feel.


Notes on the Second Corpse

Notes on the CorpseI am, of course, referring to the Corpse Reviver (No. 2).  Harry Craddock’s original, as published in 1930, called for equal parts lemon juice, gin, cointreau and Kina Lillet with absinthe.  Kina Lillet, which was less sweet and more bitter than the current Lillet Blanc, has not been produced since the 60’s, (or maybe the 80’s depending on who you’re reading).  So I have wanted to replace the Lillet with Cocchi Americano and Kina l’ Avion d’ Or.  Naturally, these substitutions have been tried by others and published elsewhere.  On further investigation, I have found that there were two types of Lillet produced in the 30’s: one for the French market and one for the English.  So, it’s hard to know which one Harry Craddock was using in 1930’s London.  Of course, none of this really matters unless you are a cocktail historian or really want to discover those original drinks.  What does matter is which flavors you prefer.

As an Anesthesiologist, I am always focused on awakening the unconscious, so playing with the Corpse Reviver appeals to me.  In that spirit, I tried each of the above, as follows:

  • 1 oz. Plymouth Gin
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. either Lillet Blanc, Cocchi Americano or Kina l’ Avion d’ Or
  • Rinse of Lucid Absinthe (Craddock’s original recipe called for 2 dashes which would be about 1/4 tsp)
  1. Shake the first 4 ingredients with ice
  2. Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with absinthe and drain
  3. Double strain the contents of the shaker into the chilled, absinthe rinsed glass.

 Tasting notes:

LilletBlancWith the Lillet Blanc, the initial nose is anise and lemon.  The flavor throughout is herbal and sweet lemon.  Very refreshing.  The anise aroma fades quickly, but the herbal notes of the absinthe blends well with the Lillet.

Cocchi AmericanoUsing the Cocchi Americano, the initial nose is the same as above, as is the initial flavors of herbs and sweet lemon.  The bitterness of the Cocchi Americano comes through in the middle and overpowers the herbal and sweet notes.  The bitterness quickly fades leaving a finish that is strictly lemon.

Avio d OrThe Kina l’ Avion d’ Or created a drink that is entirely different.  The initial nose is a lemon and anise with a grassy tone.  The flavor is  mildly bitter lemon with an underlying earthiness.  Very nice and very different.

In summary, I prefer the Lillet to the Cocchi Americano.  It makes a more complex drink.  The Kina, as noted, creates a markedly different flavor profile, which I also like.  While I enjoy absinthe, I think it can easily overpower this cocktail.  This is why I reduced it to a rinse.  As always, use premium liquors.  The Lillet Blanc and Cocchi Americano have become fairly common and should be available in any good liquor store.  The Kina l’ Avion d’ Or may be harder to find.

The Corpse Reviver (No. 2) is a wonderful drink and I strongly encourage you to try making one, which ever way you like.  Just keep in mind Harry Craddock’s warning, published with the original recipe: “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again”


Amaretto Sour

This is Jeffery Morgenthaler’s version.  He’s right: It’s awesome.

  • 1 ½ oz. amaretto
  • ¾ oz. good bourbon
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. 2:1 simple syrup
  • ½ oz. or 1 Tbl egg white
  1. Chill old fashioned glass
  2. Add all ingredients to a shaker and dry shake to break down egg whites
  3. Add ice and shake well 10 – 15 sec.
  4. Strain into chilled glass with fresh ice


  • 1 1/2 oz. brandy or Cognac
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  1. Chill a cocktail glass with ice and water
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice
  3. Strain into chilled glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Blue Hawaii

The first “Blue Drink.”  Invented  in 1957 by Harry Yee of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  It was an instant hit and, yes, the movie was named for the drink!

Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaii

  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. blue curacao
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • ½ t. cream
  1. Shake with crushed ice
  2. Pour unstrained into tall glass
  3. Garnish with fruit stick

Passion Fruit Cocktail

If there is such a thing as an elegant Tiki drink, this is it!  Even if your party isn’t Tiki themed, this simple drink will impress.  Passion Fruit Cocktail

  1. Chill cocktail glass with ice and water
  2. Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with ice
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass

Potted Parrot

This is one of Trader Vic’s original’s.  Potted Parrot

  • 2 oz. Cruzan white rum
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. curacao
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup
  • ¼ oz. orgeat
  • 12 oz. crushed ice
  1. Shake all ingredients with crushed ice
  2. Pour unstrained into tall glass