Amaretto Sour Cocktail

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Looking for a drink recipe that is both sophisticated and easy to prepare? Look no further than this Amaretto Sour!

This classic cocktail combines the smooth, nutty flavor of amaretto liqueur with the tang of fresh lemon juice, creating a drink that is both refreshing and satisfying.

If you’re looking for a cocktail that is sweet, tangy, and has a hint of almond flavor, then an Amaretto drink might be the perfect drink for you.

This classic cocktail is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients, making it the ideal drink for both beginners and seasoned mixologists alike.

In this post, I’ll take you through the steps to make the perfect Amaretto Sour recipe, so you can impress your friends and family at your next gathering, or just treat yourself to a delicious drink!

Recipe of amaretto sour cocktail.

What is Amaretto?

Amaretto is an Italian liqueur made from almonds, apricot stones, and other natural ingredients. It has a sweet, nutty flavor that pairs well with citrus fruits such as lemon or orange.

Amaretto Sour History

The Amaretto sour recipe originated in Italy, where the famous Amaretto liqueur was first created by the Lazzaroni family in the 1850s.

Originally called Amaretto di Saronno, this deliciously sweet liqueur is made from almonds, apricot pits, and spices.

It gained popularity in the United States in the 1960s, thanks to its unique taste and versatile use in many cocktails.

The cocktail itself wasn’t officially recorded until the 1970s, when it became a popular drink in many bars and restaurants.

It’s believed to have been invented in the United States, where bartenders started experimenting with Amaretto liqueur and sour mix.

The recipe typically consists of Amaretto liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup. Some variations add egg white, which gives the cocktail a frothy and creamy texture.

amaretto sour cocktail

Amaretto Sour Cocktail

Only 3 ingredients make up this classic recipe, so you’ll have your Amaretto Sour ready in no time.

Tips:

– You can create a variation of the Amaretto Sour by substituting whiskey as the main spirit for Amaretto. This creates the whiskey sour that is similarly a crowd-pleaser.

– For higher flavor, use an orange peel garnish rather than orange slice.

– Make your cocktail less sweet simply by reducing the amount of simple syrup included.

Preparation Tips:

– Be sure to chill the glasses before use.

– Don’t have a cocktail shaker? Use a mason jar!

– For added flavor and incentive, use fresh lemon juice rather than pre-bottled lemon juice.

Top view of a glass of amaretto sour cocktail.

Amaretto Sour Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Amaretto
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • Maraschino cherry and orange slice; for garnish

Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz. of Amaretto.
  3. Add 1 oz. of simple syrup.
  4. Add 1 oz. fresh lemon juice.
  5. Shake the cocktail shaker strongly for around 10 seconds
  6. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass.
  7. Top the drink with crushed ice.
  8. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange slice.

Experiment with Amaretto Sour Variations

Once you’ve mastered the basic Amaretto Sour recipe, feel free to experiment with different variations.

It’s fun to experiment with different variations.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • For example, you can add a splash of orange juice or swap out the lemon juice for lime juice.
  • You can also adjust the sweetness level by adding more or less of the simple syrup.
  • Peach Amaretto Sour; Substitute peach schnapps for the sour mix and add a splash of cranberry juice for a sweet and tangy twist.

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Amaretto Sour Cocktail in a glass side view.
Yield: 1 Serving

Amaretto Sour Recipe

Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

This classic Amaretto Sour cocktail combines the smooth, nutty flavor of amaretto liqueur with the tang of fresh lemon juice, creating a drink that is both refreshing and satisfying.

Only 3 ingredients make up this classic recipe, so you'll have your Amaretto Sour ready in no time.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Amaretto
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup
  • 1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • Maraschino cherry and orange slice; for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz. of Amaretto.
  3. Add 1 oz. of simple syrup.
  4. Add 1 oz. fresh lemon juice.
  5. Shake the cocktail shaker strongly for around 10 seconds
  6. Strain the mixture into a Collins glass.
  7. Top the drink with crushed ice.
  8. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and orange slice.

Notes

  • Be sure to chill the glasses before use.
  • Don't have a cocktail shaker? Use a mason jar!
  • For added flavor and incentive, use fresh lemon juice rather than pre-bottled lemon juice.

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 348Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 8mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 3gSugar 50gProtein 1g

Final Thoughts on Amaretto Sour

The Amaretto sour has become a staple cocktail in many bars and is often enjoyed during happy hour, brunch, or even dessert.

Its sweet and sour taste makes it a versatile and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

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