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!