This easy-to-mix 1970's classic is a delicious blend of sweet and sour. It is made using lemon juice and a wonderful Italian liqueur that dates back over 500 years!
A Classic and Refreshing Sweet and Sour Cocktail
The combination of sweet and sour has always been popular in food and cocktails. This Amaretto Sour is so easy to mix up and it tastes so good, it'll become your go-to cocktail.
There's an entire category of cocktails called sours which include classics like the Whiskey Sour. In the early 1970's a creative bartender in America mixed a newly-popular, 500 year-old Italian liqueur with some lemon juice, and added this crowd-pleaser to the list of sours.
Ingredients Needed for an Amaretto Sour
There are only 3 Ingredients needed for an Amaretto Sour:
- Sugar cubes
- Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- Amaretto liqueur--choose a quality Amaretto like Disaronno, which has a nice flavor at a moderate price.
You can also use a simple syrup in place of the sugar cubes if you prefer.
Bar tools needed
You just need a few standard tools to mix this drink:
- Bar spoon
- Muddler (or the back of a spoon)
- Mixing glass
How to Make it
This drink is very easy to make. Just follow the 5 steps below:
- Pour a dash of cold water into a mixing glass containing your sugar cubes.
- Using a muddler, crush the cubes to mix with the water.
- Pour the water and sugar mixture over a ball of ice.
- Pour the Amaretto into the glass.
- Last, add the fresh-squeezed lemon juice.
Give it a stir and add any garnish you like, such as an orange wedge and cherry.
Tips for Success
Even though this drink is very straightforward, keep these things in mind:
- Always take the time to squeeze some fresh lemon juice rather than use bottled. It will make the drink come alive with freshness and will not be overly sour.
- Choose a quality liqueur to mix with. Inferior mixers will not have the nice almond flavor and can be too sweet.
Frequently Asked Questions
While the two cocktails are similar and both in the Sour family, they are still different cocktails. The Amaretto Sour uses a sweet, almond-flavored liqueur, and the Whiskey Sour uses a stronger tasting bourbon or rye.
Amaretto is a sweet Amaro bitter that pairs nicely with vodka, rum or whiskey. It is also great to sip straight up after dinner -- with or without ice.
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Simple Amaretto Sour Cocktail
- 1½ ounces Amaretto Liqueur
- 2 cubes Sugar
- ½ ounce Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 wedge Orange slice
- Place the sugar cubes in a mixing glass2 cubes Sugar
- Pour in a dash of cold water and muddle to crush the cubes
- Place an ice ball in your small cocktail glass
- Pour the sugar mixture into the cocktail glass
- Pour the Amaretto into the cocktail glass1½ ounces Amaretto Liqueur
- Pour the lemon juice into the cocktail glass½ ounce Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Stir well to mix
- Add orange slice and cherry (if desired)1 wedge Orange slice
- Always choose a quality liqueur to mix with
- Use fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- You can substitute simple syrup instead of the sugar cubes