Meyer Lemon New York Sour

Meyer Lemon New York Sour


A gorgeous cocktail with the perfect balance of sweet and tart, this easy to make Meyer Lemon New York Sour is sure to wow!


Meyer lemon New York Sour cocktails with a lemon in the background


Beautiful and Balanced 

A whiskey sour is a classic cocktail that is a popular drink to order at most bars. The natural sweetness of bourbon offsets the tangy and tart sour mix for a delightful drink to sip. 

This drink further improves the balance with the delightful addition of dry red wine that replaces the traditional egg white with a colorful addition that also happens to make it vegan friendly. Just be sure to check that your wine is certified vegan if needed. 


Meyer lemon New York sour ingredients


Ingredient Spotlight: Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons taste very similar to traditional lemons but they have a sweeter taste with a floral essence. Additionally, they have a lower acidity and are not as bitter as a regular lemon. 

Although Meyer lemons aren’t as readily available as traditional lemons because they don’t travel as well (due to their thin skin), they are available in the winter months at some specialty and organic markets. Keep an eye out for fresh Meyer lemons from December through May. 

All-in-all, if you get your hands on this special lemon, you deserve a cocktail! 


Pouring bourbon into a cocktail shaker



  • Bourbon The earthy and caramel notes of bourbon are amazing alone but are great when paired with zesty lemon.
  • Meyer Lemon  –  The sweeter, more floral cousin of a traditional lemon. 
  • Maple Syrup  – Maple syrup is nature’s gift with its deep vanilla flavor and is the perfect sweetener for any bourbon drink. 
  • Red Wine  –  Dry red wine floating on top of this drink gives contrast to the sweet bourbon drink underneath.


Juicing a lemon Meyer into the cocktail shaker


FAQ & Meyer Lemon New York Sour Tips:

  • Can I use another citrus fruit instead of Meyer lemons? 

    • Yes. Any type of citrus will work for this cocktail. Even think outside the box with grapefruit, tangerine, or of course regular lemons or limes. 
  • What type of red wine is best for a New York Sour? 

    • Dry red wines work best for this drink. They give a nice contrast to the sweetness of the bourbon and maple syrup. We suggest using merlot or Cabernet sauvignon. 
  • Tip: Add the wine slowly

    • This drink looks best with the red wine floating on top. Therefore, we recommend slowly pouring it into your drink on the back of a spoon which will ensure that the wine floats on the top of the cocktail. 
  • Make this drink a New York speciality!

    • To make this cocktail truly representative of the Empire State, use New York maple syrup for your sweetener. However, if desired another sweetener can also be used including simple syrup, agave nectar, or honey if you are not following a vegan lifestyle. 


Slowly adding the red wine to the top of the drink using the back of a spoon


Impress Your Guests!

Don’t wait any longer… you need this incredible cocktail in your life and we don’t say that lightly. This stunning cocktail truly tastes as good as it looks! Cheers.


Two Meyer Lemon New York Sour cocktails


Step-by-Step Instructional Photos: 

Meyer lemon New York sour ingredients Pouring bourbon into a cocktail shaker

Adding maple syrup to the cocktail shaker Juicing a lemon Meyer into the cocktail shaker

Slowly adding the red wine to the top of the drink using the back of a spoon Meyer lemon New York Sour cocktails with a lemon in the background


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Meyer lemon New York Sour cocktails with a lemon in the background

Meyer Lemon New York Sour

  • Author: Meatless Makeovers
  • Prep Time: 3 min.
  • Cook Time: 0 min.
  • Total Time: 3 min.
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: American


A gorgeous not-to-sweet cocktail that also happens to be vegan friendly. This Meyer Lemon New York Sour is easy to make and sip!


  • 4 oz. Bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Meyer Lemon (Juice)
  • 1.5 oz. Dry Red Wine


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 of the way with ice cubes. 
  2. Pour the bourbon and maple syrup into the cocktail shaker followed by the juice of the lemon. 
  3. Cover and shake until very cold. Strain evenly between two ice filled glasses. 
  4. Slowly pour a small amount of wine over the back of a spoon onto each drink. 
  5. Serve with a twist of lemon peel and enjoy!


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Keywords: Meyer Lemon New York Sour, New York Sour Recipe, Vegan Sour Recipe


2 thoughts on “Meyer Lemon New York Sour”

  • My favorite flavor is lemon. I can’t wait to try this drink. I have made most of the beverages that Meatless Makeovers has posted and they are all delicious. Keep up the great recipes. Mary Jane Cooper

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