New York Sour Cocktail

This twist on the classic New York Sour brings Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky from across the pond to take the place of American whiskey. The solera aging process of this 15 year old single malt, lends itself well to a touch of red wine, or in this case, Lillet Rouge, as a bit of a float over the top of the cocktail. Rounded off by layers of citrus, this sour style cocktail is perfect whether you are in New York or Edinburgh.


Remember, great cocktails start with measuring responsibly.

2 parts Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

1 part fresh lemon juice

1 part simple syrup

float of Lillet Rouge


Shake first three ingredients with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Spritz with lemon peel and discard peel.

Garnish with orange wheel.


Philip Heesen, III 8 May 2013
9:12 am

Yet another awesome looking cocktail.  Thanks, Charlotte!

steve7500 4 Jun 2013
1:38 pm

Yes Phillip,it is. I have made several of these and have come to like them a lot. When I first saw the clip,I was not enthusiastic but, I am now and urge you to give it a try. Cheers

charlie 5 Oct 2014
8:44 am

This looks fantastic, but I must admit that I am hesitant to put a 15 year old scotch into a cocktail. Any suggestions for a different one?

CVoisey 5 Oct 2014
12:46 pm


One of my mantras has always been “Excellent drinks are made from nothing but excellent ingredients”.  Which means that the quality of the end result has everything to do with the quality of the ingredients you put in.  For me this New York Sour really highlights the beautiful character of Glenfiddich 15 which is why I chose to use it.

The same drink with something like Grant’s Blended Scotch would be more affordable, still delicious but not as clever, as flavorful or as inspirational to share on The Proper Pour where I aim to inspire by using excellent base spirits, fresh ingredients and unique approaches to mixing.

I hope that helps.

Thank you,


charlie 14 Oct 2014
4:51 pm

Hi Charlotte - Thanks for your thoughtful response.

My hesitation is entirely my own; I agree with your use of excellent ingredients, and your recipe sounds fantastic. I certainly hope someday to try this with the 15, as you’ve designed it, but in the meantime will go with the Grant’s. Thanks for the suggestion. Take care. - charlie

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