Birch New York Sour

Birch New York Sour

Birch New York Sour

Adapted from the circa 1880s classic New York Sour – the cocktail was also known at that time as a Claret Snap. This sour is the only cocktail in this series that is not muddled!


  • 2 oz rye or bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp birch syrup
  • 6 drops FPJ Limited-Edition Haskap Bitters
  • ½ oz fruity red wine


Place all ingredients except the wine in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake hard for 30 seconds, and strain into a double Old Fashioned glass containing a large/oversized ice cube. Slowly pour the wine over the back of a spoon held just over the drink’s surface, to create a “float.”


A few notes on alcohol consumption

These cocktails are strong, and they should be consumed in moderation; one serving of spirits is 1 ½ oz. A good rule of thumb is to have a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage. Cheers!

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