The Amaretto Sour belongs to a family of mixed drinks known as – you guessed it – “sours.” These cocktail recipes are defined by having at least one liquor (or liqueur), lemon or lime juice and a bit of sweetener. They include classics like the Margarita, Sidecar and Whiskey Sour. The smooth, sweet taste and mild kick of an Amaretto Sour makes it ideal for occasional drinkers as well as more dedicated cocktail fans.
- 2 ounces amaretto
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- Optional: granulated sugar for the rim (or about 1 teaspoon)
- Maraschino cherry
There are two ways to make this drink.
#1: Rub the rim of anwith 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, then 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, then strain into a glass over ice. Garnish instructions are same as above.
The Amaretto Sour has a flavor that can overwhelm many dishes. It’s excellent alone or with mildly sweet desserts like tiramisu, cheesecake or a chocolate coissant. But it can also be paired with lightly-sweet entrees: try Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon, Apple-Honey Glazed Chicken or Stir-Fried Sweet Shrimp Vietnam.