The Amaretto Sour belongs to a family of mixed drinks known as “sours.” These cocktail recipes are defined by having at least one liquor (or liqueur), plus lemon or lime juice (the sour part) and a sweetener. They include classics like the Margarita, Sidecar and Whiskey Sour. The smooth, sweet taste of an Amaretto Sour makes it ideal for occasional drinkers as well as more dedicated cocktail fans.
Since amaretto is the strongest flavor in this drink, the Amaretto Sour has a taste that can overwhelm many dishes. It’s excellent enjoyed alone. Or you can serve it with salty bar snacks, or mildly sweet desserts like tiramisu, cheesecake or a chocolate croissant.
For a special touch, garnish this one with Luxardo maraschino cherries. They’re a big upgrade compared to the ones you get for 99 cents at the grocery store. They’re made rather than manufactured, and that gives them a rich, complex taste. Seriously, I never liked maraschino cherries, and never understood why cocktail recipes called for the vile things, until I tried Luxardo. Then it all made sense. It tasted more like a fresh-picked cherry.
Amaretto Sour Recipe
- 2 ounces amaretto
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- Optional: granulated sugar for the rim (or about 1 teaspoon)
- Luxardo maraschino cherry
There are two ways to make this drink.
#1: Rub the rim of an old-fashioned glass with lemon juice. Then dip it into a pile of granulated sugar several times until the rim is covered with sugar. Shake the amaretto and lemon juice without ice. Strain into the glass over ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. An orange round makes a nice additional garnish.
#2: Shake the amaretto, lemon juice and teaspoon of granulated sugar in a strainer without ice. Fill a glass with ice and strain the mixture into it. Garnish with an orange round and/or maraschino cherry.