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New York Cocktail

Enter an “empire state of mind” with this Friday’s cocktail, the New York.

A New York cocktail is like the missing link between a Manhattan and a Cosmopolitan.  It’s a refreshingly light drink that dates back as far as, at least, the early 1960s.  As usual, I couldn’t find more exact information about this drink’s pedigree.  So many cocktails seem to spring up out of nowhere.  I did see one site describe this drink as a “thick, sweet drink.”  Sweet, yes.  Thick?  What are they putting in it?

What you’ll need:  Whiskey (blended), Lemon Juice, Grenadine, Sugar (super fine).

Pour 2 ounces of whiskey in a shaker over cracked ice.  Add 1/2 to 3/4 ounces of lemon juice and 1 tsp. of sugar.  Finally, add 1 tsp of grenadine.  Shake and then strain into a cocktail glass of choice.  Optionally, garnish with a twist of lemon or orange peel.  Alternatively, lime juice may be used in place of lemon juice.

How I like it:  The drink is best made employing a blended whiskey, like Seagram’s.  Super fine sugar or, in early versions, powdered sugar aren’t a must; regular sugar works just fine.  I also prefer lemon over lime in this drink, and I use just over 3/4 ounces of it.  I’m not sure if this drink is aptly representative of New York to garner the name, but it is a worthy Friday Cocktail entry!

New Yorkers know to drink responsibly!

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