Paintbox Sour

Sour Riff
Rating (19)
“Layering color and texture of bright citrus, deep rounded sugars, and subtly bitter tannins makes this refreshing riff on the New York Sour a delightful nip.”
– Leah Schoenburg
  • 1.75 oz Bourbon
  • 1.00 oz sweet tea syrup
  • 0.75 oz lemon juice
  • 0.50 oz Cabernet Sauvignon float

Bar Tools: Jigger or measuring cup, knife, cobbler shaker, spoon
Glass: Double Old Fashioned

Each box includes all ingredients including garnish. Bar tools and glassware not included but can be ordered separately.

All orders for alcohol are fulfilled by Keystone Wine and Spirits, LLC.

  1. Chill Double Old Fashioned Glass by placing in fridge/freezer or by filling with ice water and setting aside for 5 minutes (optional).
  2. Cut 1 lemon in half crosswise, then squeeze the 2 halves of lemon into a cup and set aside for step 3 (note: 1 lemon will yield approximately 1.00 oz fresh lemon juice – you will only need 0.75 oz per cocktail).
  3. Measure and add all ingredients (except for Cabernet Sauvignon) to Cobbler Shaker.
  4. Fill shaker with ice, place top of Cobbler Shaker back on the shaker, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  5. Remove Double Old Fashioned from fridge/freezer or if using ice water, empty the glass.
  6. Fill Double Old Fashioned Glass with ice and strain shaken cocktail into the glass.
  7. Add measured amount of Cabernet Sauvignon to spoon and place spoon very closely to surface of drink, then slowly pour wine onto back of the spoon to get the layering effect.
  8. Cheers!
  • 1 Bulleit Bourbon Frontier Whiskey (375ml bottle)
  • 1 Apaltagua Cabernet Sauvignon (375ml bottle)
  • 5 Fresh Lemons
  • 1 Cocktail Courier Sweet Tea Syrup (6oz bottle)

Sweetness Level
Adventurousness Level

Per Cocktail
6 Cocktails per order*
*Tip to bartender, Taxes & Delivery Included

Leah Schoenburg
Cocktail Courier | Chicago
Leah Schoenburg, like so many bartenders out there, went to art school, where she learned that art takes on many forms and it’s still really hard to make ...

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Reviews (19)


Great drink! Not too sweet, not too sour.

Melissa L.
My favorite

This drink is my new favorite. I love the cabernet floating on top, lasting sip after sip. The sweet tea syrup adds a great sweet flavor, and I love the lemon. We have made our own sweet tea syrup and have continued to make this drink again and again!

David S.
Balance of sweet and sour

Never thought to float wine on top of a cocktail! It makes a great twist in the taste such that the cocktail has both a sweet, bitter and sour taste to it. Very interesting!

Kimberly H.
An unexpected surprise

I am not normally a bourbon drinker, but this drink has converted me. The mix of the sour lemon and sweet tea makes this drink just sweet enough to make it dangerous without crossing the boundary of being a sweet drink. My husband who does drink bourbon also loved this drink. It was a perfect drink to help us bridge our different drink preferences.

Kathryn N.

I enjoys Disorono Sours…and I love my bourbon, & I am not a big fan of red wines… but with just the right amount of wine added it adds a nice twist to a tradional sour!

Michael C.
A Smoother, Richer Claret Snap

This is a variation on the long-forgotten claret snap. The twist is using the sweet tea syrup which makes a surprising amount of difference. Normally the tart wine and the lemon juice make the claret snap a particularly sour cocktail, but the sweet tea syrup does a great job of evening out the lemon juice and letting the smooth flavors of the whisky come through. Very nice!

Mark T.
A new favorite

We really liked this drink! The flavors were complex, you could taste the bourbon , but the lemon and sweet tea flavors complemented and softened it. It was a a real treat.

Rose D.
Nice Variation for Bourbon Drinkers

The Cabernet makes this a little like a Manhattan (favorite drink) but less harsh. Nice touch to float the red wine on top. Lemony ice tea good compliment to the red wine. Quite nice with a fine cigar.

Paul J.
Paintbox sour

Absolutely FABULOUS!!
Delicious – red wine floater was wonderful!! Can’t wait to make again!

Heather L.
Not a fan.

We found this drink confusing. It tasted more like a lemony nitro coffee than a complex cocktail and left us unsure what flavors we should be picking up.

Jan S.
Great drink!

I received the Paint Box Sour box on time and used it at a dinner party. What a refreshing drink! I am planning to use it again when summer finally comes to my patio.

Carol C.
Surprisingly Excellent

I was a little worried about mixing the red wine with bourbon but this has got to be my favorite drink I’ve gotten! Fantastic job!

Olivia R.
Good balance

I was surprised that the tannins in the wine complimented the citrus so well! Unique rendition of a whiskey sour. Would do again!

Danielle F.
Packs a punch!

I’d personally move this closer to the Boozy end of the spectrum. It was very strong…and definitely sour. I liked it but I can’t compare it to a regular Whiskey Sour since I’ve never had one. Sour isn’t really my thing but I’m glad I tried it. It was interesting and I wouldn’t mind having it again.

Susan S.
Love this!

I love whiskey sours, and I was excited to try this rendition. It was delicious and perfectly balanced. Glad to have this recipe in my rotation!!

Allyson M.
Very pleasing sour

This sour is a delightful riff on the classic sour with its tea element that adds dept to the drink. A definite repeat!

JoAnn T.
Great take on a whiskey sour

The Paintbox Sour is a great mix of cabernet, sweet tea syrup and bourbon that blend together well. The drink is reminiscent of a whiskey sour but not as tart with the addition of sweet tea syrup and a hint of cabernet. All in all, a very tasty bourbon drink that I can enjoy over and over again.

Peggy N.
Very Classic

Great, classic drink with a happy twist.

Heather D.
Paintbox excellent

Well done

Lisa J.