NEW YORK SOUR 2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey, 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, and 1 ounce simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, cover, and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Gently pour 1/2 ounce fruity red wine (such as Shiraz or Malbec) over the back of a spoon held just above the drinks surface so wine floats on top.
From a classic Manhattan to an elderflower-scented old fashioned, rare is the cocktail that isn't made better by whiskey's fiery caramel flavor. Here are some of our all-time favorite drinks that call for the spirit in all its forms: bourbon, scotch, rye, moonshine, and more.