America’s Best Cocktail Cities, Then and Now - Fix Me a Drink

America’s Best Cocktail Cities, Then and Now - Fix Me a Drink

There’s only one thing that cocktail drinkers love more than having a drink—talking about the bartending scenes in rival cities and towns.

Inspired by an opinionated 1902 newspaper story about the quality of cocktails across the country, on this episode of Fix Me a Drink, award-winning hosts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum discuss the state of regional drinks in the U.S. today and what they’d love to see in the future.

The drink of the episode is one of their old favorites, a classic New York Sour. Mix up a drink and listen now. Cheers!

Fix Me a Drink with Noah Rothbaum & David Wondrich · America’s Best Cocktail Cities, Then and Now - Fix Me a Drink

New York Sour

Contributed by David Wondrich


  • 2 oz Straight rye whiskey
  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • .25 oz Orange juice
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Sugar
  • .5 oz Dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet

Glass: Cocktail, chilled


In a shaker, stir the sugar into the lemon and orange juices. Add the rye and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Carefully float the wine over the top. The best way to do this is to put the wine in a smaller container–a small bottle or cruet and pour it slowly over a bar spoon held just above the surface of the drink to break the wine's fall.

Distribute the wine by gently spinning the glass around its vertical axis–just grasp the stem and twist it–again, gently–while the base of the glass rests on the bar top.

Fix Me a Drink is hosted by Flaviar’s resident liquor experts Noah Rothbaum and David Wondrich. On each episode, the award-winning duo enjoys a delicious drink while uncovering lost liquor history, exploring modern cocktail culture and interviewing an incredible array of spirited guests. So fix yourself a drink and enjoy the show!

Please drink responsibly

Podcast Editor Alex Skjong

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